Filet crochet is a terrific niche of crochet that uses double crochet stitches worked with spaces to create fabulous graphic designs. You can spell out words and messages using filet crochet, or you can use the technique to recreate detailed pictures and designs. This is especially great for seasonal crochet, showcasing the different motifs of various holidays, but it also works for so many different kinds of designs. It is easy to learn filet crochet and there is a lot you can do with the... technique once you've learned! Here are 20 inspiring crochet patterns that will make you want to learn filet crochet today, including several that have additional written and symbol chart instructions, which can be very helpful for beginners to the technique.
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Grid Mammal Crafts designed this unique filet crochet place to be a lace tablecloth, but if you switched from thread to a thicker yarn then it might also work as a beautiful blanket. It is a charted piece (like all filet crochet) that has an amazing geometric design.
This crochet designer also has a free lace filet crochet pattern for a butterfly inside of a rectangle.
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Nezumi World has designed three free crochet coaster patterns. These are square crochet patterns worked in cotton thread. These patterns could be adapted for use in other crochet square projects. Make a bunch in different colors of yarn and join them to create a motif-based blanket, for example. Or make one of each and frame them for some terrific wall art.
The designer offers this as both a classic filet crochet graph chart and also as a symbol chart. And as the designer reminds us on Ravelry,... "remember you could also use the graph/ chart for tapestry crochet, beaded crochet, tunisian filet crochet, embroidery even knitting!"
NezumiWorld has a number of other free filet crochet chart patterns. They include designs for gift tags, bookmarks, wall hangings and more. Many of these are seasonal designs, including filet crochet Christmas patterns. Definitely a blog / Ravelry store worth checking out as you explore deeper into the niche of filet crochet.
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This free crochet shirt pattern is designed using filet crochet but it is written as a symbol chart with written instructions, rather than using the typical graph. This makes it a great choice for filet crochet beginners who don't yet really understand how to read charts or who simply work better from written instructions. This pattern is from Crafty Queens. It also shows a great simple shirt design so you could use it as the basis for other filet crochet shirts, too, adapting the idea once... you get the hang of the shirt shaping and the filet technique.
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This is another great crochet pattern for beginners to filet crochet because it's not only a simple pattern but also includes written instructions along with the traditional graph design. The Lazy Hobbyhopper makes it easy to understand how to craft this wrap!Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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You can make many different shapes and design using filet crochet. This is an example of using the spaces in filet crochet to create diamond shapes. This free crochet pattern from Made by Leen has written instructions as well as a symbol chart (but not a filet graph); scroll down lower on the page for the English instructions on this bilingual pattern.
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Diamonds are cute but you can also crochet triangles, and in this scarf pattern from Sarah Leighton of Illuminate Crochet you'll learn how to crochet two kinds - one using the "blocks" of filet and one using the "spaces" for a more openwork triangle. This crochet pattern comes with written, graph and symbol charts and even includes a filet crochet tutorial. Great for beginners!
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Little Things Blogged doesn't offer the crochet chart for this filet blanket but includes detailed written instructions that make it easy to understand the technique. There is a simple pattern repeat that really gives you the chance to practice the basics of filet crochet while creating an undulating openwork design.
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Moois Van M(i)e designed this filet crochet pattern to work as a decorative edging around a flower pot. It's a great way to use the pattern but you can also use it to create edgings on a variety of other patterns, too. This is a bilingual crochet pattern that includes a filet crochet graph.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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One of the best ways that you can use filet crochet is to spell out letters, names, words and messages. Open mesh blocks in just the right places create so much meaning in this way. This particular chart, showing LOVE, is a free Ravelry download by Donna Wilby. The "o" in love has a heart in the center and there are also hearts worked around the border of this piece (which can be a wall hanging, a tablecloth or a throw.)
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Take the message of love even further by making an entire Valentine's card out of filet crochet. This card shows how to make the whole rectangle so that it can be folded in half to create a fabric card that reads Be Mine Forever. Beautiful. This is a free chart from Maxine M Miller on Ravelry; she also has other beautiful filet crochet designs.
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Maria Merlino is another crochet designer on Ravelry who offers a variety of filet crochet charts. This one is a butterfly that was originally designed in 1916, making it old enough to enter the public domain, and she has reworked the chart to make it easier to read today. The original is a small design that was used as the centerpiece of a yoke for a cotton nightgown but it could be worked in yarn to make larger squares to create blankets or other designs.
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Here is another option for creating a filet crochet butterfly, slightly different in style. This one is from Stitches n Scraps who actually offers it in two different charted versions - one more openwork and lacy and the other more filled in and solid. She also links to a filet crochet tutorial in case you need a bit of help remembering how to read the charts.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Matemo has created a really cute and easy filet crochet pattern for a band with a heart in the center. It is designed to serve as a cover for a glass milk bottle but would work with other vases as well, and could even be adapted to make a headband! This is a charted pattern that includes written instructions.
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You actually get five crochet patterns in one with this free design from Toma Creations. They all have the same round base (given in both written instructions and as a symbol chart). Then there are options for two different square-based patterns, two based on hearts and one with flowers. Each of these are given in both graph and symbol chart format. These would make a really great gift set and you could easily mix and match different designs to create sets that suit different recipients.
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You can create crochet afghans with mix-and-match filet crochet squares like this one. This design is a tulip flower. It is offered free on Ravelry from Christine Frazier who also has several other great filet crochet patterns to download including several for beginners.
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WitchWolfWeb Creations has a terrific number of advanced, detailed filet crochet chart patterns available for free download. This one is a terrific crochet peacock design. There are also a number of spirit animal designs available include caribou, fox and beaver. You can actually also contact this designer with a request to create a custom filet crochet chart if there's something else you have in mind.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Here are some cute little crochet charts for Easter decorations that are designed to look like eggs with springtime themes (like chicks) inside. These are free from EmmHouse who has other cute filet crochet charts on her site as well.
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Crochet an oak tree using this filet crochet pattern from Seesawyer. The oak tree is provided as a chart and there are additional written instructions for turning the item into a purse.
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Autumn leaves are always a popular motif for crochet because they are so beautiful in both shape and color. They can be worked subtly using filet crochet, as we see here in this shawl pattern from ABC-Knitting. The pattern comes with both a graph and a symbol chart and includes a little bit of additional written instruction.
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You really can express your interest in pretty much anything using filet crochet to create the graphics. This one is a good choice if you're a Dr. Who fan. Designer Nik Whitehead says it is "a stealth scarf for the Dr Who fan who wants to be a little more subtle" and explains that "the pattern is made up of three panels of filet crochet, each of which is worked from the top to the bottom."
Caren's Crochet offers a similar Dr. Who filet crochet shawl pattern.