Filet Crochet Along – Scottish Lion Rampant
Welcome crocheters! Thank you for joining me in this “Crochet Along” project. Filet is one of my favorite types of crochet. The charts are easy to read and extremely versatile whether in thread or yarn. Typically, filet looks best when it’s crocheted tightly with consistent tension so that each square is the same size.
I charted this in blue, as it is easier on the eyes. It’s copied from a photograph of a vintage coaster set constructed using a needle method of decorated net in the point de toile style. If anyone recognizes the pattern, please let me know so I can credit a source.
In heraldry, a Lion Rampant (attacking lion) is a symbol of strength and nobility. It’s shown in the Coat-of-Arms for many families as well as countries, like Scotland. The decorative border contains checkered flowers and an ancient geometric symbol with various meanings including a compass, a keep or cage as well as protection.
Step 1. Decide what you’d like to make & acquire material: http://www.redheart.com/crochet-thread
- Coaster Set: US size 40 + thread and #16 (0.5mm) steel hook
- Square Doily or Tea Cloth: US size 30 and #12 (1.00mm) [I’m using Aunt Lydia’s Size 30 and a Boye #13]
- Insertion Lace for curtains, tablecloths, napkins, etc. use either size 20 (#10 hook) or 10 thread (#7 hook)
- Blanket, afghan or throw: Yarn of choice; sport wt (G aluminum hook / 4mm) or worsted wt. (J hook)
Step 2. Starting ch calculation:
- Smaller 2 : 61 – 1 x 2 + 6 = 126 ch (I’m using this calculation).
- Regular 3 : 61 – 1 x 3 + 8 = 180 ch.
Step 3. Crochet:
- Row 1: (smaller size) dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1, dc in next ch. *Repeat across = 61 om Ch 4, turn
- Row 1: (regular size) dc in 8th ch from hook, *ch 2, sk 2, dc in next ch. *Repeat across = 61 om Ch 5, turn
- Row 2: 3-om, 1-cm, 11-om, 1-cm, 9-om, 1-cm, 9-om, 1-cm, 9-om, 1-cm, 11-om, 1-cm, 3-om;Ch and turn
- Row 3-61: Follow chart left to right then right to left, alternating with each row.
Step 4. Edging (examples, your preference):
- Coaster: sc around perimeter, adding picots every 3 or 4 mesh or shell border
- Square Doily: strawberry border
- Insertion: sc around perimeter, with care to keep corners squared
- Blanket: scallop border
- The edging I did is:
- First, sc around perimeter, followed by: *ch 3, sc, ch 3, 3-dc-tog *repeat around with the exception that corners share a sp ( all in one st: 3dc-tog, ch3, 3dc-tog). The second round repeats the pattern in an alternating format. 3-dc-tog on sc and sc on previous 3-dc-tog. That completes the 1st trim; end here or keep going.
- For the second trim, I created 6 flowers: ch 6, join to form ring, Rnd 1: ch 4, *dc-ch1 *repeat 11 times (=12 dc), join to 3rd ch (=12 sps), Rnd 2: ch 3, 3-dc-tog, ch 3, *4-dc-tog, ch *repeat around, join with sl st in 1st ch 3 sp. Rnd 3: ch 8, *dc in next sp, ch 5 *repeat around, join. Rnd 4: 8 sc in each ch5 sp, finish off, weave in tails. The flowers were sewn together (2 low, middle high) and then sewn to the top and bottom of the filet piece. It occurred to me afterward that Chinami Horiba’s crown chart pattern would probably go better. C’est la vie.
- In the area under the flowers *8 sc, picot, *across
- In the area around the sides I created a roman numeral or clock face border, any open work raised dc pattern will work.
- Above the roman numerals, I repeated the *ch 3, sc, ch 3, 3-dc-tog * across for 2 rows. End with sc around.
If you decide to make this, I’d love to hear from you.