So…my filet crochet patterns might be just a little different from other filet patterns you’ve read. I first saw an example of what I’ve come to call “numerical 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.” It was nice – but there wasn’t an easy way to make the pattern repeatable for larger or smaller blankets – especially without a graph of the image. This inspired me to develop a fully numerical filet pattern writing technique that could stand alone without any written words.
Numerical Example 1: 8 , 4 , 8
More “traditionally” this reads: 8dc, ch1, sk 1 st, 4dc, ch1, sk 1 st, 8dc
Numerical Example 2: 5 , ( 1 , ) x3 then 5
More “traditionally” this reads: 5dc, ch1, sk 1 st, ( dc, ch1, sk 1 st ) rep between ( ) three times total, 5dc
- Each number is an amount of dc stitches.
- Each comma represents the “ch1, sk 1 st” sequence.
- The “( )” indicates a repeated section and the “x” notes the number of times to repeat that section. For example, “x3” means to repeat what is inside the ( ) 3 times total.
- “Ch2, turn” is made at the end of every row, and it always counts as the first dc of the next row. Make sure you begin your second dc of the row 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 to count for your first dc and your first “ch1, sk 1 st” (the first comma).
- Repeats can occur inside of other repeats. If this happens, I bold the outer most repeat and use a bracket [ ] shape to help avoid confusion.
- I use “then” after a repeat when there is not a comma directly after the repeated section to help avoid confusion with the repeat number.
- Commas may begin or end a repeat ( ) section, so watch carefully.
- NEVER “ch1, sk 1 st” unless you see a comma! Unless there is a comma, you will not make a filet hole.
- My patterns are tested by teams of experienced and “new-to-numerical-filet” crocheters to ensure everything is understandable and as error-free as humanly possible.