Saturday, February 28, 2009

Filet Crochet Barack Obama 1

This piece is created with an inverted effect. Most of the stitches will be filled in except for the ones that create the actual image.
Filet Crochet Barack Obama 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 301.

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= 24.2", height= 32.5", Steel Hook 7, 1482 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 22", height= 31.2", Steel Hook 9, 1391 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 21", height= 29.9", Steel Hook 11, 1300 yds

Filet Crochet Sea Horse 2


Filet Crochet Sea Horse 2

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 227.

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= 21.2", height= 30", Steel Hook 7, 1259 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 20.2", height= 28.8", Steel Hook 9, 1181 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 19.3", height= 27.6", Steel Hook 11, 1104 yds

Filet Crochet Sea Turtle 1


Filet Crochet Sea Turtle 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 391.

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= 29.9", height= 30", Steel Hook 7, 1778 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 28.6", height= 28.8", Steel Hook 9, 1669 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 27.3", height= 27.6", Steel Hook 11, 1560 yds

Filet Crochet Dolphin 1


Filet Crochet Dolphin 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 301.

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= 24.2", height= 17.5", Steel Hook 7, 838 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 23.1", height= 16.8", Steel Hook 9, 786 yds

Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 22", height= 16.1", Steel Hook 11, 735 yds

Sunday, February 22, 2009

How To Read a Filet Crochet Chart





Click on the chart for a larger view.

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.