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How To Do Filet Crochet Chart First Row


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When you know how to do this, you can translate many charts into filet crochet, without needing to have written instructions for each new chart that you would like to crochet in filet.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: About 15 minutes; varies according to the length of the row being crocheted.

Here's How:

  1. Assuming that you have already figured your starting chain (if not, see first link below). Crocheting first mesh: if the first square on the chart is a solid mesh, double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet in each of next 3 chains (first solid mesh made).
  2. Crocheting first mesh: if the first square on the chart is an open mesh, double crochet in the 9th chain from the hook (first open mesh made).
  3. For each square on the chart that is a solid mesh: double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches (when mesh in row below is an open mesh, you will work 2 double crochet in the chain-2 space of open mesh below, then double crochet in the next double crochet).
  4. For each square on the chart that is an open mesh: chain 2 (skip 2 double crochet if a solid mesh is below or skip the chain-2 if an open mesh is below), then double crochet in next double crochet.
  5. When you have finished a row, chain 3 to start the first solid mesh of the next row or chain 5 to start the first open mesh of the next row.
  6. Continue to follow chart, crocheting solid mesh or open mesh as outlined above.


  1. Charts are usually begun at the bottom of the chart (edgings may be worked sideways). Work first row right to left, second row left to right, then continue alternating row direction in this manner as you work your way up the chart.
  2. Some filet crochet charts may have lacets within the design. See the Lacets link below to see how lacets are done.
  3. The above instructions are for working a chart in 4 dc mesh. See the Basics link below for an explanation of 4 dc mesh versus 3 dc mesh.
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