How to Filet Crochet with an Excerpt from Crocheter’s Companion

Are you a crochet expert looking for a new technique, an ambitious beginner looking to cannonball into some filet crochet, or somewhere in the middle? No matter your skill level, The Crocheter’s Companion by Nancy Brown is your first stop for filet crochet success.

This easy-to-use reference book is so much more than a beginner’s guide. Filled with useful illustrations, tips, and techniques to help any crocheter through a project, The Crocheter’s Companion is a project bag necessity.

Get a head start on your next filet crochet project (like the To Market Bag or Spiral Seashell top) with the help of Nancy’s advice from the go-to guide for all things crochet, The Crocheter’s Companion.

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Filet Crochet

Filet crochet is based on forming designs from a series of filled-in and open squares called “blocks” and “spaces.” This technique is usually worked in straight rows of double crochet following a charted pattern such as a graph with a symbol diagram.

Patterns are created by combining spaces and blocks, usually working the design in blocks and the background in spaces. One square on the chart will equal one “block” or one “space.”

Space: On the chart, the blank square equals a space. To make a space, dc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st.

Block: On the chart, the x equals a block. To make a block, dc in next st, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next st.

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Sample filet crochet

Row 1: Ch 23, dc in 8th ch from hook, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch. Repeat from * to end of chain. Ch 5, turn.
Row 2: Sk 1st dc and next 2 chs, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) 2 times, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 2 chs, dc in next ch. Ch 5, turn.
Rows 3–6: Follow chart, working spaces and blocks as indicated.

Note: Some stitch keys will call a space a “mesh” and a block a “solid mesh.” Some charts will use a different symbol, such as a circle or a filled-in block, instead of the x to equal the block.

May The Crocheter’s Companion inspire you to discover more of the fascinating art of crochet and bring you many hours of creative satisfaction, enjoyment, and pleasure.

-Nancy Brown


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