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Filet Crochet

How in the world do you read the charts/patters?!?!? I am so confused!! I know the open mesh = 3dc or 4 dc with the chain in between and the solid is just the dc. How do you work them?? Up and down? Left to right?? What's this about building onto the next row?? You skip stitches because they make other ones? I am in way over my head here...


Asked by dragonlady320 at 8:59 PM on Jun. 13, 2011 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • This may help with using a stitch diagram for crochet:


    Answer by ss_mom at 9:19 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • I love filet crochet! It can make some seriously pretty patterns.

    You read them left to right and right to left, bottom up (usually). Clear as mud?

    Getting started, getting the first row down, is the hardest part (at least for me). However many blocks there are you chain 3, then add one ch, for the base row. At the end of each row you turn the piece, then ch3 (counts as first dc) and either ch2, dc in next dc (for open squares) or 3dc in ch/sts below (for filled squares) 

    You know what? This link is better at describing it by showing a chart as a pattern:

    It might help to get two highlighters, and highlight which direction you are going on each row, with an arrow at the beginning/end, just to keep on track.


    Answer by KateDinVA at 9:11 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • You are the best Kate!! Thank you so much!!

    Comment by dragonlady320 (original poster) at 9:19 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • That was BY FAR THE BEST instructions I have gotten on Filet!! Thank you!!!

    Comment by dragonlady320 (original poster) at 9:23 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Thank you SS_Mom!!

    Comment by dragonlady320 (original poster) at 9:39 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • try finding a video on YouTube, that is how I learned to knit. of all ppl a womand old enough to be my grandmother told me to look there.


    Answer by wmbeener at 1:21 AM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • Check out ravelry too ~

    Answer by tasches at 7:05 PM on Jun. 14, 2011