Crochet Design

Runes In Filet Crochet

I have a few balls of DMC 80 cotton and thought I’d use it for a birthday present, so I set to work with pencil and notepad. I had a few ideas and landed on working in Filet Crochet, a technique I very rarely use as it does not really appeal to me, but my plan of making a wall hanging of sorts with some ancient rune writing made me fall back to Filet Crochet. I had thought of freeform – something like the motorbike from last summer, but that didn’t appeal either, so Filet Crochet it is!

Filet Crochet Runes by Irene LundgaardFilet Crochet Runes – in the making
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

This is where I have gotten so far. I am working on my size 0.75 mm hook and the cotton thread is DMC 80 in Ecru.

Soon the main crochet will be done, then I will add some frilly edges and once that is all done, a good blocking will make it possible to actually read the runes, although that obviously will require knowledge of the ancient script of runes. Runes are an old Norse alphabet used by the Vikings among many others. I have always been struck by the beauty of this old script. If you are curious, you can read about runes here.

Once the crochet is completed I will write about the actual writing on this piece which is also ancient and something that has followed me as a thing of beauty since my childhood.