If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my cute little OMG Mug Rug by now. While brainstorming ideas for my mother’s upcoming craft blog, she tasked me with looking at the possibility of creating a crocheted mug rug. Not only had I’d never heard of a mug rug, I also immediately got the idea that it had to be personalized for OMG Yarn. How the heck would I do that?!
Then I remembered, the decorative shawls a local crocheter friend of mine always whipped out. In fact, she had made eleven matching shawls for her daughter’s wedding using yarn I had dyed for her. I had always been intrigued by filet crochet and wanted to try it. Crochet had been the first fiber art I was introduced to, so I guess it was time to beef up my skills with OMG Yarn’s new website in mind. And, of course, since I’ll be releasing a couple of filet crochet patterns soon, I thought I’d cover it in advance.
So what is filet crochet?
Filet crochet is a crochet fabric technique involving images created by double crochets and chains. Think of it as creating your own crocheted graph paper, turning customizable images into wearable works of art.
As you know, I don’t reinvent the wheel, but like to showcase other people’s work and make my own take on a style. I am a BIG fan of filet crochet because it has a vintage look to it, but can be updated to something more personal and shabby chic looking.
Making your own filet crochet project is easy.
In order to design and make your own work of art, you’ll need:
- Graph paper and a pencil
- Crochet thread or another yarn of choice
- A crochet hook that works with your thread or yarn of choice (duh!)
Sketch out your image, words, or whatever you want and have at it.
Turning your drawing into reality.
Each square on your graph paper represents what will end up being a square on your design. Before you start your design, Craftsy recommends determining your gauge. Here’s how you do that:
- Start with making three chains for every square on your design (don’t forget to include the frame around your image/words as well, your work is rectangular or a square).
- Chain another 5 stitches to count as your double crochet and chain 2 for the next row.
- Dc into the 8th chain from the hook.
- *Ch 2, skip 2 chains, DC in next chain; repeat from * to end. Turn.
- For the next row: Ch 5, DC in next DC, *Ch 2, skip 2 chains, DC in next chain; repeat from * to end. Turn. (Repeat this step until you’re satisfied that you’ve figured out your mesh gauge.
Next, it’s important to remember that one square is framed by a double crochet stitch on each side and filled in with two double crochet stitches. So when you start working your design, fill in the squares by working a DC in each of the chains from the previous row. Use the large picture above as a reference or visit the Craftsy reference below.
If it’s still confusing, don’t worry, I’m working on getting some tutorials published quickly, so make sure you follow me to see me demonstrate these techniques soon.
I’ve created a Pinterest board with some fun designs and ideas for your next filet crochet project. Don’t forget to share them on my Facebook page! And stay tuned for the OMG Mug Rug pattern to be released soon.
Gutierrez, L. (2014, May 4). Filet Crochet the Day Away. Retrieved from https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/05/how-to-filet-crochet/.