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 traditional written instructions as a shortcut. But there wasn’t a way to easily make the pattern repeatable to make larger or smaller blankets. This inspired me to develop a fully numerical filet pattern writing technique that could stand alone without any written words. Here’s how to use it. Below are some examples of what a row of numerical filet looks like:
8 , 5 , 6 , 4 , 7, 8
5 ( , 6 , 1 , 1 , 5, 11) x3 then 3, 5
5 , 7 , [ 6 , (1 , ) x4 then (5 , ) x3 then 10 , 4 ] x2 then 1 , 2 , 5 , 6
- Each number is an amount of dc stitches.
- Each comma represents the “ch1, sk1 st” sequence.
- “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 , “ then you need to chain 3 before turning. This counts as your first dc and your first “ch1, sk1” (the first comma). When you return to crochet this end on the next row, make sure you remember this. Now, you’ll begin stitching in the 3rd to last dc of the row below.
- The “( )” indicates a repeated section and the “x5” notes the number of times to repeat that section.
- Repeats can occur inside of other repeats. I will bold the outer most repeat and us a bracket [ ] shape to avoid confusion.
- I use “then” after a repeat when there isn’t a comma (“ch1, sk1 st”) space to avoid confusion with the repeat number.
- Commas can begin or end a repeat/section! Watch carefully.
- NEVER make a “ch1, sk1 st” 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!
- My patterns are rigorously tested by a team mixed of experienced and “new-to-numerical-filet” crocheters to ensure everything is understandable and as error-free as humanly possible.