My first attempt at Filet Crochet, inspired by the squirrels around the Kingston house.
It was worked in Size 10 Crochet Cotton with a 1.5mm hook. I wish the gauge were a little tighter but I may let the piece soak before blocking-it's 100% cotton so maybe it will shrink to a more opaque finish. Either way I'm really pleased. I used a chart originally published in The Antonie Ehrlich Crochet Book, c.1915. It has been made available here by Sandi Marshall. Next I'm going to tackle a bunny and an elephant from 1911-as you do.
Filet Crochet hasn't caught the eye of new crocheters quite yet and it doesn't have much of an online presence outside of Vintage Clothing sites. About.com has a good article on the basics in addition to external links. Click here for some great instructions on increases and decreases in filet crochet. This site also has a great selection of vintage patterns.
I'd like to say hi to a couple of new and very important readers of the blog. Happy Hogmany Lindsay, and to the entire family. It's been so wonderful to hear from you. I owe everyone big, long letters. You can read about Lindsay McCrea's work and about his gallery here. Secondly, a very happy holiday to a dedicated reader somewhere in Halifax. Thanks for all the googlings and hits-wish i had more than a hopeful guess of who you are. Hope all will be revealed in the new year!
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