Filet crochet is a simple, mesh-based technique that has huge creative potential and flexibility. We’ve previously explained the basics of filet crochet (back in issue 32), but there’s a quick reminder below. It might seem scary, but increasing and decreasing in filet crochet is simpler and easier than you might think, using simple techniques in clever ways. You’ll only need to work easy-peasy chains and double or triple treble stitches to master filet shaping – it all comes down to how you combine them. Once you know how to do it, you’ll be able to work all sorts of interesting filet crochet patterns, including shaped garments and motifs.
Filet crochet is considered one of the more traditional crochet techniques, associated with table coverings and threadwork, but with exciting yarn shades and contemporary shapes, you can create something really fresh and original. Turn to p83 to make Becky Skuse’s pretty dragonfly motif.