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Filet Crochet Butterfly Yoke, 1920

Women of the early 1900's commonly added pretty crocheted yokes to their nightgowns. It was for that purpose that this butterfly yoke was designed by Adeline Cordet, crochet designer of that era. Crocheters today prefer to show off a lovely piece like this sewn to a dress or pullover top.

Need a refresher on how to do filet crochet? See the links at the end of this page for help on basics and on increasing.

Yoke Chart

No size of thread was given in the original directions. You can adjust the finished size by choosing to make it with a thinner or with a thicker thread weight; also by choosing to make the filet in a 4 double crochet mesh for a larger yoke or in a 3 double crochet mesh for a smaller yoke.

What size will it be? Make a small square using your choice of thread weight and mesh size.
Check your gauge. Here's one way to do that: measure one row and then measure one mesh across. Write down the measurement for one row and one mesh. Multiply these times number of rows on yoke and times number of mesh across to determine what your finished size will be.

Sleeve Edging Chart

Instructions:

Yoke Chart: Begin at point A with 2 solid mesh and work across following chart until you reach point B. Fasten thread and begin at point C with 4 solid mesh. Follow chart until you reach point D then join to B with chain 8. Begin at point E and work to point F then join to first piece with chain 8 and finish off. Work back and forth, following chart until you reach point G then continue following chart.

Sleeve Edging: (optional) If adding this filet edging to the sleeves, begin at bottom edge of chart and work rows according to chart. If you are doing the filet as a 4 dc solid mesh, then starting chain would be 27 chains. To begin first row, dc in 8th chain from hook (first open mesh made). If you are doing the filet as a 3 dc solid mesh, then starting chain would be 18 chains. To begin first row, dc in 6th chain from hook (first open mesh made).

Edging: Work these four rows as an edging around completed yoke and around completed sleeve edgings.

Picot = ch 3, slip stitch in same stitch just worked.
sc = single crochet
ch = chain

Row 1: Chain 5, 3 sc, ch 3, sc in same mesh, ch 5 and repeat around yoke.
Row 2: Repeat row 1.
Row 3: 3 sc, ch 3, sc in same mesh, ch 2, catch down in chain-5 with a slip stitch, ch 2, 3 sc, ch 2, catch down in chain-5 with a slip stitch, ch 2, 3 sc in same mesh.
Row 4: (2 sc, picot), repeat around.

On these charts:
white blocks = open mesh (spaces)
black blocks = solid mesh (blocks)

To brush up on your basics in filet crochet, go here: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa050298.htm

How to do increasing in filet crochet, see: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa050998.htm

This Butterfly Yoke Pattern is from Ripple Sweaters, Yokes and Edgings, Book No. 13 by Adeline Cordet, published by Valley Supply Co. in the year 1920 (that book is now in the public domain, having been published in the USA before the year 1923).

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