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Dragonfly Afghan Crochet-Along

The filet crochet design shown on the left will be the center of the afghan. This crochet-along can be helpful to anyone just learning how to filet crochet or anyone who is just becoming familiar with filet crochet done in a 3-dc mesh.
Materials Used For A Center Piece About 29" Wide:
Worsted Weight Yarn - about 10 oz. for once through the chart
US size H hook

The row by row written instructions given here are for filet crochet done in a 3-double crochet mesh, as explained in Basics of Filet Crochet.

First, we need to figure the starting chain for this chart, as explained in How to Figure a Starting Chain in Filet Crochet. There are 50 squares across the chart, so we need to multiply 50 times 2 (for 2 dc in each mesh across), which equals 100. Add 1 for the extra dc in the first solid mesh, then add 3 more for the turning chain. Total Starting Chain = 104

Abbreviations: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, sp = space

Note that as you turn the crocheted piece after each row, you will then be following the next chart row in the opposite direction. Rows 1-3 on this chart would be the same from either direction but later rows will need to be followed (read) in the correct direction so it will be good to establish that now. On this chart, Row 1 (beginning at the bottom of the chart) would be followed from right to left so Row 2 would be the opposite (followed from left to right).

Starting Chain: Chain 104.
Row 1 On Chart: dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in ea ch across. (50 solid mesh)
The photo below shows the edge of the afghan, with a portion of rows 1 and 2. Row 1 is solid double crochet all the way across. You can see the first solid mesh on the edge of row 2 and some of the open mesh that follow.

Row 2 On Chart: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 2 dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc) 48 times, dc in ea of last 2 dc. (1 solid mesh, then 48 open mesh, then 1 solid mesh)
Row 3 On Chart (read from right to left): ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, (dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp) 46 times, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of last 3 dc. (1 solid mesh, then 1 open mesh, then 46 solid mesh, then 1 open mesh, then 1 solid mesh)
The edge of the afghan, showing the edge stitches of rows 1 and 2, along with the beginning of the third row:

Row 4 On Chart (read from left to right): ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 3 dc, (ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc) 44 times, dc in ea of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 3 dc. (1 solid mesh, 1 open mesh, 1 solid mesh, 44 open mesh, 1 solid mesh, 1 open mesh, 1 solid mesh)

Printing Page For Part 2: (Rows 5 through 11) - http://crochet.about.com/library/ndflyafghan2.htm

Written directions are helpful when you're learning, but once you know the basics of filet crochet, written instructions are not needed for each new chart. You may even find that, once you know filet crochet well, you prefer following a chart over following written directions.

Close-up photos and instructions showing how to do the different kinds of mesh:

  • Solid Mesh Above a Solid Mesh
  • Open Mesh Above a Solid Mesh
  • Open Mesh Above Another Open Mesh
  • Solid Mesh Above an Open Mesh

    Basics in How to Do Filet Crochet, at: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa050298.htm

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