Join us and The Crochet Crowd for the Shimmery Hearts Scarf Crochet-Along! This scarf introduces the technique of filet crochet, and is simple enough to be completed in a few days. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can read tips and tricks here, and also take a look at Mikey’s video. Share your photos on our Facebook wall and on the Crochet Crowd’s page, and you might be lucky enough to win a ball winder!
Filet crochet is a technique using double-crochet stitches and chain stitches. You follow a chart with empty squares and filled-in squares. The empty squares mean you do a double crochet, then chain 2, then double crochet. The filled-in squares mean you do 4 double crochets (one double crochet for the grid, two double crochets in place of the chain 2 from the empty squares, and then another double crochet for the grid).
I find it helpful to think about the pattern as a mesh grid that you are crocheting. You go along happily doing double crochet, chain 2, double crochet, chain 2 all the way across, always ending the row with a double crochet. Sometimes you fill in the grid by doing the extra 2 double crochet instead of the chain 2. By filling in the grid where indicated, you create the pattern.
The scarf is made in two halves; you start from the center and do one half, and then go back to the starting point and do the second half. This method lets the hearts be right-side up on both halves of the scarf when you wear it. To start, you work only in the back loops of the chain sts. By doing this you will have a smooth chain edge for when you come back to do the second half of the scarf.
Here is the first heart that you make, along with the close-up of that section of the chart. You follow the chart by starting at the side where the number is, and reading the pattern across. The chart for one half of the scarf is in the pattern PDF and in the video.
After you complete the chart once, you cut your yarn and secure the end. Then you go back to the beginning of the scarf, attach the yarn to crochet along the starting edge, and start the chart again. You’ll see the hearts go in opposite directions in the center.
After the second half is complete, instead of cutting your yarn you change to the smaller hook and start doing the border. Along the ends of the scarf you do a pattern to make little picots (points) that gradually get longer as they approach the center of the end. Along the edges of the scarf you just do little picots that are the same size. After you slip stitch the border to itself, you’re finished! You can cut the yarn and weave in your ends, and you’ll have a wonderful scarf to wear or to give.