#### Pretty as a Picture-Book Review

Filet crochet is a wonderful, fun and easy technique. For those who are just learning to crochet, you’ll be happy to know that every pattern in this book is no harder than EASY, using very basic stitches. There's even a separate chart of the alphabet so that you can personalize your afghan. But, what is filet crochet?

One definition might be such as this: A crochet method using open (mesh) and a closed square (block); done in dc, to make a design. A square filet crochet pattern is usually designed in multiples 2+1. Thus if you want to have 44 blocks in your pattern you’d cast on 44X2 (=88) +1 (=89) stitches. Thus, your mathematical equation is number of squares desired, times two, plus one.

Each square is made up of three stitches. The first square will include the beginning chain, a skipped stitch and a double crochet stitch. The second square will consist of the last dc done, a skipped chain and another dc. These squares are open mesh blocks. In a closed block, the skipped chain is worked with a dc. Therefore, you’d use the last dc made, dc in ch, dc next st. These squares are closed blocks.

While each of these patterns calls for a specific brand of yarn, you can either use the referenced yarn or choose another medium worsted weight yarn. These will have a number four (4) in the middle of the square icon, if it’s included in the yarns label. The important thing is that you have 3 ½ oz/170 yds/100g per ball or that you have enough yarn to complete the pattern (This is what each of the afghans call for-using a total of 9 skeins each; with the exception of one afghan that calls for 10).

These patterns are all done in graph to make it easy to keep up with where you are in your work. Some people will put their pattern up on a metal stand; with a magnet strip holding the pattern in place. The magnet strip can be moved up or down as the pattern is worked.

Note: Remember, most places will allow you to return unused skeins of yarn, but you can’t always find the particular type of yarn you need if it is discontinued by the manufacturer.

In the back of the book you’ll find a stitch guide. On this page see a list of abbreviations as well as drawings and explanations (as a reminder) of basic stitches. For more complete information, the booklet directs you to visit www.freepatterns.com

This pattern is one offered for sale in the yarn store where I help out. It is not my copy.

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