Filet Crochet Carriage or Crib Cover - Baby Animals
I've never really done a large filet project. Only a few small things. So this was a challenge for me.
It all started because I found this really great-looking pattern on etsy and I had to get it.
It was an old filet graph pattern that looks like a Laura Wheeler / Alice Brooks type. (Although there is no mention of their names on the pattern). The pattern is simply called Design 915. There's no date either. It just says printed in U.S.A. at the bottom. (Even though I purchased this from a Canadian lady on etsy).
I think it was a pattern you ordered through the mail and looks to be around the 1940's or 1950's, (just guessing here by the style of the baby animals).
ANYWAY, here's a photo of the pattern taken by the etsy shop owner from whom I ordered the pattern.
And this is the finished crib cover. (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).
This is the back, (even though it is the same as the front except you can see the joining seams where I connected the six filet squares).
I used size 10 crochet DMC Cebelia crochet thread. Six colors and I had to order two skeins, (or are they called balls?), of each color in order to finish each square. So that's 12 skeins/balls. Plus two pastel rainbow skeins/balls of South Maid size 10 thread.
Also a steel Boye size 7 1.65mm crochet hook.
I had major cramping and numbness in my right hand from using such a small hook and I could only do a little at a time.
I don't know how you ladies do it who can crochet amazing things in thread crochet for so long!
I know you're supposed to "block" this type of crochet but I haven't done that.
I probably should have done that to each square prior to attaching them all and putting on the border. Ah well.
I love the vintage look of these critters. They sure don't make designs like this anymore. What a shame.
I'll end this post with a song. Hmmm, let's see.... I know!
Bless The Beasts And The Children by The Carpenters.