Filet Crochet Scarf & Stole
Informed by research for her recent filet crochet article in Interweave Crochet Magazine, Doris has created a valuable resource for learning how to crochet filet lace and love your results with special designer tips and tweaks. Partial contents:
- Overview of Filet Crochet
- Interpreting Filet Charts
- Getting the Filet to Look Square
- How to crochet the foundation double crochet (FDC)
- How to crochet the beginning extended double crochet (Beg-EDC)
- These two optional techniques are recommended because, as Doris explains in the pattern, They create a bottom edge and side edges respectively that are balanced in ‘weight’ and appearance. The resulting edges are as elastic and stretchy as the rest of the fabric, with no pulling in or puckering when worn.
- Single Width Filet Charts (for scarf)
- Double Width Filet Charts (for stole)
- Two crochet patterns for two levels of wearable warmth: Cookie Scarf is an example of a summery linen blend; Cookie Stole is a warmer wool blend.
- Pattern booklet includes details for substituting with a wide range of other yarns.
From the Introduction:
Cookie is…was…my first and only pet dog. I wrote about his passing on my blog and described his endearing little happy dance:
“…crazily spinning around like a compass needle, reserved for moments of ultimate fulfillment of longing and joy, like suppertime.”
At the end of the post I previewed a crochet design, my remembrance and my therapy for grief, with the promise of a pattern to follow. So here it is, DJC: Cookie’s Last Dance, my furball twirling along the length of a rectangular scarf or stole. It is a fairly easy project in filet crochet technique; the actual instructions are worked, as is customary, from a filet chart and are very short. The pattern file is a bit bloated due to the extra features. In case you are not familiar with filet, I’ve included some material to help you through, including short tutorials for two special techniques that I think make the projects better. To view a more complete photo tutorial, please click on the link from within the pattern to go to a bonus feature on my blog.
Please feel free to contact me with your comments and suggestions, and show me your finished objects. Subscribe to the Designing Vashti Newsletter to get the latest about DJC Designs. You can also find me lurking at Ravelry.com and on my blog, Everyday Crochet. Thank you so much for purchasing this pattern. Happy dancing!
Doris, 1 May 2013
Scarf: 8” (20cm) wide by 80” (200cm) long rectangle (Scarf length is easily customized; as Doris explains, “I got majorly carried away when crocheting the original scarf and it’s excessively long. Please stop crocheting whenever you need to, like when you run out of yarn!”)
Stole: 18” (46cm) wide by 72” (193cm) long rectangle
- US Size G-6 (4mm) crochet hook, or size to match your yarn and to achieve fabric desired
- Tapestry needle for weaving ends
- Newton’s Yarn Country Tencel/Linen; 75% tencel, 25% linen; sold by weight in ginormous hanks, 1450 yards per pound, or if put up in normal skeins, approximately 158 yd (145m)/1 3/4 oz (50g). Approximately 6 3/4 oz (191g)/612 yd (556m) in Natural was used. (This exact yarn may or may not be available, even by special order!) OR your choice of fine weight yarns, including those sometimes called sport, sock, baby or fingering, with a knitting gauge of 6 sts per inch; if put up in skeins of 1 3/4 oz (50g), approximately 4 skeins.
- US Size 7 (4.5mm) crochet hook, or size to match your yarn and to achieve fabric desired
- Tapestry needle for weaving ends
- Cascade Venezia Sport; 70% Merino Wool, 30% Mulberry Silk; 3 1/2 oz (100g)/307 yd (281m). For sample as shown, 3 skeins, approximately 10 oz (283g), in #195 Deep Navy used. OR your choice of fine weight yarns like for scarf, approximately 900-950 yds.