Filet in French simply means ‘net or a mesh”. So filet crochet is Crochet patterns made in a net or a grid. It uses just 3 basic stitches like the chain stitch, the double crochet and the single crochet.
Used in as many permutations and combinations as possible, this is reminiscent of cross stitch in that, you can use a graph to create your own designs and patterns.
Here are a few examples of Filet Crochet……..
Adding Colours to Filet Crochet adds a whole new dimension to your work.
Here are the symbols of the stitches used in Filet Crochet.
How to Filet Crochet
Pls note that in this video the demonstrator uses the term treble for double crochet….In UK ……dc is termed as treble….but the stitch used is dc.
This is how a filet crochet grid will look like…when you fill in the grid with dc’s….it is called a block.
A Photo tutorial on how to create a multitude of patterns using the grid, block and filet bar….
How to crochet a Filet Bar
How to read a filet crochet chart
To do filet crochet effectively, you should know how to read a filet crochet chart…the link below has a very effective and detailed description. It also has a whole page full of filet crochet patterns especially for beginners.
Important Tips to keep in mind while doing Filet Crochet
1. Filet crochet is best done in mercerised cotton…for e.g…#3,#5, #20, #30,#40 to #100. The patterns made with this kind of crochet is seen better when you use thin thread. Thick yarn usually blurs the overall effect.
2. While hooking a grid with blocks, remember that the dcs always sit on the dcs of the previous row in a block, but is always hooked over the chain of the grid space. This gives your work a neat appearance because it covers the chain of the previous row.
3. How to Calculate…How many chains you will need for the foundation row.
Number of squares across the filet crochet chart multiplied by 3, to that add 3 chains more if you are starting with a block and add 5 chains more if you are starting with a space.
# of sqs in chart x 3 + 3 = If you are beginning the grid with a block
# of sqs in chart x 3 + 5 = If you are beginning the grid with a space.
How to create a graph for filet crochet
To create patterns of your own…you can use the link tutorial which can turn almost any photograph into a filet crochet grid for you.
FILET CROCHET GRAPHS for Beginners
The net has a vast number of filet crochet charts…I have just used a few here…check Pinterest for a feast of patterns.
More Filet Crochet Pattern Links
Filet Crochet Sayings:
Filet Crochet Blouse:
I will be adding the link to increase and decrease in filet crochet next week…so do check in here for an update.
As you can see Filet Crochet is as sweet and easy as Apple Pie is to the taste buds…..:-D!!!
Take your time Learning and More importantly …Enjoy the journey….Loads of Love…..