Reading Numerical Filet Patterns – A How to Guide

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The Numerical Filet Pattern might be different from other filet patterns you’ve encountered. I first saw a method of counted filet in a pattern from Owl B. Hooked. She used a sequence of numbers and commas after each row of her written instructions as a shortcut. This inspired me to develop the method into a full pattern writing technique that could stand alone without written words. Here’s how to use it. Below are some examples of what a row of numerical filet looks like:

( 6 , 1 , 1 , 5 , 10 ) x3       or       5 (  ,  6 , 1 , 1 , 5 ) x3 then 3 , 5       or      8 , ( 5 , 6 , 4 , 4  ,  ) x4 , 7 , 8

  • Each number is an amount of dc stitches. 
  • Each comma represents the “ch1, sk1 st” sequence. 
  • The “(  )” indicates a repeated section and the “x3” notes the number of times to repeat that section.
  • I use the same comma/number method inside and outside the repeats. 
  • I use “then” after a repeat when there isn’t a ch1sk1 space to avoid confusion with the repeat number. 
  • Commas can begin or end a repeat/section! Watch carefully.
  • NEVER make a “ch1 sk1” space unless you see a comma! Unless there is a comma, you will not make a space – even after sections or repeats. Very often you will make an amount of DC and then continue with more DCs in the next repeat or section WITHOUT having made a space! 
  • “Ch2, turn” is always assumed at the end of a row, and it always counts as the first dc of the next row. Make sure you begin your second dc in correct stitch (into the second to last dc of the row below).
  • If a row begins with   1 ,   you will want to ch3 to count for the first dc and the ch1, sk1 space. You might want to use additional stitch markers to mark the space and the dc. Then continue to the rest of the row as normal.
  • I’ll note for you at the beginning of the pattern where to place all the stitch markers to note repeated and non-repeated sections for easy counting.
  • Remember to re-place your stitch markers during each repeat of Row 1. If you leave the markers in, they will not be in the correct place.
  • My patterns are rigorously tested by a team of experienced AND inexperienced hookers to ensure correct designs. If you’re still stuck on one of my patterns, or would like a picture of my hand-drawn graph for clarity, please ask me: mayhem and majesty at gmail dot com

3 Responses

    • becca

      Of course! It makes filet sooooo much easier to follow rather than muddling through written words of each row!

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