This morning I finished the Filet Cross Shawl. I’m very pleased with the way it came out. The yarn is Red Heart With Love True Blue and it is quite soft and such a pretty color. To me the color in person is more like a dark country blue. Skeins are 7 oz. (198g), 370 yds (338m).
Finished size is about 15 3/4″ x 69 1/2″. The foundation chain is 197 with an I hook. I added a double crochet rather than single crochet border to give it a little more coverage around the recipient’s back. You could also add a more decorative border too.
If you want it wider (top to bottom) I suggest working two additional patterns so both first and last patterns will end with 8 crosses. Remember to get more yarn. I suggest 4 skeins of this yarn for 5 cross patterns. I used two full skeins (14 ozs) for this one.
Each cross is 7 rows but there are 2 dc rows top and bottom of the cross. In other words, 2 dc rows between cross patterns.
The pattern is at Crochet Cabana on the shawl page. The pattern says Vanna’s Choice yarn but you can use any worsted weight yarn you like. As I said, I used RH With Love for this one. Supposedly one would have fewer tails to weave in with a larger skein but of course, there are always bits to cut out. I cut out two or three pieces for this shawl. I find Vanna’s is slightly thicker than the RHWL.
Regarding the pattern, I include notes below the rows which are helpful to clarify things as the counts are a little confusing but important to get the crosses lined up correctly. Below the detailed pattern is a quick reference for experienced crocheters. Once you’ve worked it once you’ll see how it goes.
I hope you enjoy working this pattern. The crosses don’t take a lot from the warmth so would be a good shawl for perhaps a nursing home resident. It would also work well as a prayer shawl for someone in need of comfort.