How to Read a Filet Crochet Chart

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Filet crochet is to be read from right to left, then left to right. What I have found that works well for me is to make a copy of the original pattern if it is coming from a book so you can mark and write on the paper without ruining your original pattern. Note* Copying for your own use is permissible. You can use a highlighting marker to mark off the rows you have completed. If you do not have the means to make your own copy, I have found that document protectors over your page work just as well. I use a grease pencil to mark the document protector. A cotton ball and baby oil will remove the grease pencil so you can use your document protector again. You can find grease pencils at your local office supply store. The purpose of marking your rows well are in case you need to rip out your work and see your chart again. This comes from my own experience of ripping out filet patterns several times. When I am done for the day or get distracted, I will put an asterisk next to the row that I will be starting next so I know exactly where I am on the chart. It is not necessary to put an asterisk on each row.

Another way to keep your sides straight is to see what side your tail is on. When you start the first row on your chart, your tail will be on the left side facing you and you will be working from the right side of your chart. As you progress in your work, you may find that you forgot which side you are coming from. If you tail is on the right side facing you, that means you are working from the left side of your chart. When you start your first row of mesh, count to make sure it is accurate. I have found that if your count is off, just by one square then it can throw the whole project out of wack. Sometimes it may not be caught until you are halfway through the project


  1. Hi Teresa,

    I was looking at your videos and I love the baby beanie. I was wondering if you could possibly help me with a pattern I'm trying to make. It's the baby blanket from the " baby ensemble" from the Yarn Lover's Room website.

    The blanket is a square of sc with a beautiful pineapple problem is with the base row of the pineapple border. I've pasted the directions says to make shells (3dc ch1 3dc) around since it doesn't say anything about skipping stitches in between would you think you make a normal shell or do you think it means to dc in the next 3 ch and then ch 1 and dc in the next 3 ch around as like a base and then you would make the next row of shells in the ch 1 spaces...I'm sure I'm asking this as "clear as mud" but any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Directions from Yarn Lover's Room website:

    Rounds 4-53: Sc in back loop of each Sc and continue increase in corners. This results in 124 sc on each side of the square, plus the corner stictch.

    Shells or Base for Pineapple Border

    Rounds 1: Shells [3 dc, ch 3, 3dc can be made around afghan with corner increases of [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc Stitches on this round are worked in both loops. There should be 20 shells on each side. The shells for the base for 6 pineapple points on each side and a four corner points. Therefore the points are worked over three base shells.

    Nina from Houston, TX


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