Monday, June 30, 2008

Filet Crochet Buffalo - Chart 1



Filet Crochet Buffalo - Chart 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 346. Chain 3 to to turn which will count as the first double crochet.

Below is an estimate for the various size thread.

Size Estimate:

Crochet Cotton Size 10- width=27.8", height= 26.5", Steel Hook 7, 1462 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 26.6", height= 25.4", Steel Hook 9, 1372 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 25.4", height= 24.4", Steel Hook 11, 1283 yds

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Filet Crochet Ducklings Chart 1




Filet Crochet Ducklings 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 352 . Chain 3 to to turn which will count as the first double crochet.

Below is an estimate for the various size thread.

Size Estimate:

Crochet Cotton Size 10- width=26.9", height=11.2", Steel Hook 7, 600yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 25.7", height= 10.8", Steel Hook 9, 563yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 23.1", height= 26.4", Steel Hook 10.4, 526yds

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How to Read a Filet Crochet Chart


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Filet crochet can be read from right to left, then left to right if you are right handed, left to right, then right to left if you are left handed.  It really does not matter what side you start on as long as you keep track.  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.

Blocking Filet Crochet

It is common for the Filet Crochet to appear uneven when you are crocheting a project. The width and length will look distorted to each other with the length being to short and the width appearing to wide.When you are finished all you need to do is block your piece. That just consists of soaking it in a starch/water solution for a few minutes stretching, shaping and and pinning it out on a bed. I look for rust proof pins. From experience the cheap, pins will rust and leave rust stains on your work. Below is the recomended starch to water solution for lace doily's. You can adjust it to more at any time. I have found that I like a little heavier starch at times depending on the size of thread I have used.

STARCH SOLUTION:
1 part Starch to 6 parts water

I always use towels on top of my mattress to soak up the starch. I have even used a pressing cloth and dry iron to expedite the process. I have had many filet pieces that I thought were ruined until I blocked and stretched them lengthwise. They always came out beautiful.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Miniature Pinscher in Filet Crochet


Miniature Pinscher
Both Charts are the same starting chain and size estimate.

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 217. Chain 3 to to turn which will count as the first double crochet.

Below is an estimate for the various size thread.

Size Estimate:

Crochet Cotton Size 10- width=25.3", height=27.8", Steel Hook 7, 1392 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 24.2", height= 26.6", Steel Hook 9, 1306 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 23.1", height= 25.5", Steel Hook 11, 1221yds

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Gingerbreadman Filet Crochet



Gingerbreadman

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 217. Chain 3 to to turn which will count as the first double crochet.

Below is an estimate for the various size thread.

Size Estimate:

Crochet Cotton Size 10- width=16.6", height=22.5", Steel Hook 7, 739 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 15.8", height= 21.6", Steel Hook 9, 693 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 15.1", height= 20.7", Steel Hook 11, 648 yds