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Today’s post is a fantastic tutorial from Mary Vaughn. She teaches us how to crochet a graph.
Did you know you can use graph paper to design a shape in crochet? While traditionally Filet Crochet is worked using thread it is becoming more and more popular to be worked up in 4 or even 5 ply yarn! Check out this Heart pattern.
I designed this using a regular sheet of graph paper and I put an x where I wanted the design to show. All of the other squares are an open mesh. When working with yarn instead of thread I find the image is clearer when using the following pattern:
Open Box = dc,ch2,dc
Closed Box= 4dc
The first box counts for 4 stitches and the rest count for 3 because you borrow the last stitch.
* For example if you have 1 open box followed by 2 closed boxes and 1 open box the pattern would read:
chain 3 ( counts as dc) ch2, skip 2 dc,dc in the next 7 spaces, chain2,skip2 dc
You don’t have to be able to draw; you can search online and find graphs already made and available for free.
Some tips for working filet patterns are:
- Start out small
- Find an image you love
- Don’t use a textured or novelty yarn
- Practice and open mesh pattern first, Dc,ch2,Dc,ch2, Dc and repeat it for several rows.
Filet patterns can be added to pillows, scarves, purses and more.
What would you like to add a filet image to?
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