In the 1900’s women crocheted beautiful yokes for their cotton nightgowns. Many cotton thread manufacturers employed needleworkers to design lovely filet that could be worked and sewn on the ladies garments. Bucilla was one such manufacturer. In the Bucilla Blue Book of Novelty & Filet Crochet Volume NO.6, copyright 1916, of which I have an original in my personal library, a lovely little butterfly decorated the front of a yoke. I have re-charted the design and worked it in the extended double crochet stitch. The charts are easy to read and include both graph and virtual stitch. This chart is only 25 squares by 31 squares, is quickly accomplished and can be used in a variety of ways Works published before 1923 are in the public domain, the copyright has expired on the original design. However, I retain the copyright on my re-worked charts and graphs.
I used the extended double crochet stitch to give a more square piece, but feel free to use the normal double crochet or even the treble crochet to work your piece.
Extended double crochet (edc): Extended double crochet (edc): yo hook, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yo, draw through one loop one hook only-3 loops on hook remaining, yo, draw through 2 loops on hoop, yo, draw through rem 2 loops on hook.
Photo tutorial on the edc:
Larger charts can be found here:
88 yards of #10 cotton thread and a #7 (1.15mm) steel crochet hook
Gauge: 10 squares = 2.3 inches 10 rows = 2.5 inches
Size: 7 inches by 6 inches
Row 1: Ch 99, edc in 9th chain from the hook, * skip 2 chs, edc in next chain, rep from * across working the final edc in the last chain. You should have 31 open squares. Chain 5, turn.
Row 2: (turning chain 5 counts as first edc and ch-2 space) Edc in 2nd edc, * ch 2, edc in next edc, rep from * 13 more times—you should have 14 open spaces, 2 edc in the next ch-2 sp, edc in the next edc, ch 2, edc in next edc, 2 edc in the next ch-2 sp, ch 2, edc in the next edc, *ch 2, edc in the next edc, rep from * across working last edc in the 3rd chain of the turning chain 5. Chain 5, turn.
Rows 3-25: follow chart. Use the virtual stitch chart for ease in construction. You can fasten off at the end of row 25 or continue to make an edging.