Filet crochet is a popular crochet technique resulting in a lovely, lacy, sturdy fabric. When working in filet crochet, the crafter utilizes a chain stitch foundation, and then creates a mesh-like fabric which often incorporates a pictorial, abstract or geometric design. To accomplish this, the crocheter typically uses either double crochet or treble crochet stitches along with chain stitches to form a series of open or solid meshes. There are also filet crochet patterns which incorporate a more open, lacy stitch pattern known as a “lacet.”
Format for Filet Crochet Patterns
Filet crochet patterns can be communicated in several formats. They are often charted in black and white, or two colors, on grids or on graph paper. The darker blocks on the chart represent solid meshes; the lighter blocks on the chart represent open meshes.
Filet crochet patterns can also be written out in words.
Filet crochet patterns can also be represented in symbol crochet.
Experienced crocheters can often reproduce existing pieces of filet crochet, just by looking at the fabric. Many existing examples of filet crochet work are reasonably easy to copy. So essentially, an already-made piece of filet crochet can also act as a pattern in some cases.
Free Filet Crochet Patterns and Charts
Filet Crochet Square With Angled Stripes — You can use this charted design for several different needlework techniques, including filet crochet and others. If you follow the chart exactly as is, the result is a square with diagonal stripes.
References and Additional Reading:
Lovely Decor in Filet Crochet by Susan Lowman — This book has the clearest and most concise explanation for filet crochet charts that I have ever seen. If you are interested in filet crochet, my opinion is that the book is a worthwhile purchase for that reason alone, although it also offers 7 different designs for interesting filet crochet squares. ISBN#978-1-60900-044-8, published by Leisure Arts.
Richardson’s Crocheted Edgings and Insertions, Book No 3, Published by the Richardson Silk Company in 1916
Novelty Crochet Patterns, Book No 7, Published by Novelty Art Studios in 1916
The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches Volume 1, by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. ISBN# 0-7111-0028-4.