a coworker emailed me with a crochet question that had been baffling
her. What is filet crochet? She had searched the term in the Crochet Me Shop
and found a bulky weight scarf, a sportweight tank, and a stunning wool
shawl. And while she appreciated the beauty of each crochet pattern,
she could not decipher what they all had in common.
|Diamonds & Dots Filet Chart
words "filet crochet" bring to mind table runners, lace edgings, and
other home décor items worked in thread. In fact, my first filet project
was an off-white-thread dresser scarf for my mother. But while filet
crochet has most often been worked in thread, the technique can be
worked in any weight.
crochet is a technique in which "solid" shapes and designs are created
with double crochet stitches and surrounded by square mesh. Most filet
crochet patterns are illustrated with a chart where the shape or design
is represented with gray or filled-in squares, and the mesh is
represented with unfilled white squares. A gray square is worked by
crocheting three double crochet stitches, while a white square is worked
by crocheting a single double crochet and two chain stitches.
a white square is positioned on the chart above another white square,
double crochet in the double crochet, chain two, and skip the next two
chains. If it is positioned above a gray square, double crochet in the
next double crochet, chain two, and skip the next two double crochet
|Diamond Sage Wrap by Jill Wright
a gray square is positioned on the chart above another gray square,
simply double crochet in the next three double crochet stitches. If it
is positioned above a white square, double crochet in the next double
crochet, then work two double crochet stitches in the chain-two space of
the white square.
The darker line, sometimes a colored line, indicates the pattern repeat.
crochet charts invite creativity. A delicate-thread edging can easily
be transformed into a bold scarf when the chart is worked instead in a
the Diamonds & Dots filet chart (pictured above) in your choice of
yarn or thread. Are you making a bookmark, a scarf, or a wrap? When
you're done, upload your pictures in the Crochet Me member photo gallery. I would love to see what you create.
Continue your filet crochet exploration and download a fabulous filet crochet pattern from the Crochet Me Shop. Expand your view of filet crochet and create works of art with more than just thread.
P.S. Have you knitted a filet crochet project? Leave a comment and share your experience with us?