Hello, and welcome to my stop along Crochetville's 4th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour! I'm so glad you've joined me. I hope that you will also check out the other featured designers and yarn stores that share this day, along with the rest of the tour. The crochet community is a cornucopia of talent -- always giving!
Today's post is made up of three parts. The first part is an introduction to filet crochet. The second part will talk you through designing your own crochet swatch and offer suggestions for how to use it. The final part is a free example of a filet pattern, the Chasing Triangles Scarf. Let's get to it!
Part One: What is filet crochet?
Filet is a style of crochet that uses grids of either double or triple crochet stitches, as well as chain stitches between them, to make pictures. The pictures can be as simple or complex as the designer wants them to be. All turning chains count as stitches in filet. Generally, one would start by chaining a multiple of 3 plus 1 for the foundation chain. Then, add 3 more chain stitches for double crochet or four more for triple crochet. Finally, you add 2 more chain stitches if the first box on the grid is empty. Here is an example of a filet grid with no picture in it.
So, how would you add a picture to this swatch? It's easy! Simply exchange the chain stitches for triple crochet stitches in each box that you want to fill. Move on to Part Two to learn more.
Part Two: How to Make Your Own Filet Swatch
Let's add a picture to our empty swatch. In general, filet charts don't show each individual stitch. Instead, they show boxes filled in with color or Xs. Here is a filet chart with a heart design that is based on the same grid as above.
Notice that many of the empty spaces on the grid are now filled in. That's all there is to creating your very own swatch; filling in boxes to make your picture. You can draw your own grid by hand, use graph paper, or even use internet tools to create your swatch. Keep in mind that your unique gauge will affect your swatch. For me, double crochet is more rectangular and triple crochet is more square. Experiment to find out what looks best to you.
If you're still a little unsure about trying filet, follow the photo tutorial below to see how the above grid would be worked up.
Filet is very versatile. Your filet swatch can be repeated over and over, either separately or worked as one piece. In worsted weight, it could be a blanket. In DK weight, it may be a scarf. In thread, it could be a table runner or valance. Be adventurous! Also, please note that filet often benefits from heavy blocking.
Part Three: Chasing Triangles Scarf Pattern
I used a self-made filet chart to create the Chasing Triangles Scarf. It is the perfect spring scarf; lightweight, bright, and delicate.
You can leave your scarf open-ended to show off all of the filet, or you can whip stitch the ends together like I did and show off bits of triangles here and there.
For my scarf I used a US size D3 3.25mm hook. The yarn I used was Schachenmayr Tahiti in Riviera, a fingering weight yarn that is mostly cotton. I used 1 skein, about 300 yards. However, you can use any fingering weight yarn that you desire for this project. Here is the free filet chart. I worked it in double crochet, which resulted in rectangular panels that had more balanced triangles in them. I repeated the 22 rows over and over until I ran out of yarn.
I hope you've enjoyed today's post. Have something you'd like to share about your forays in the world of filet? Feel free to share with us in the comments!