Free Filet Starter Charts – Caged Bird

I recently ran a little Crochet-A-Long to introduce some crocheters to doing filet. I came up with these charts because they are simply shaped, don’t require any increasing or decreasing, and make a cute little picture of a caged bird.

 

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Piece A on left, Piece B on right.

 

To make them, you will need a size 7 steel hook, size 10 bedspread weight cotton, and know how to CH, SC, and DC.

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Preliminary Filet Info

These charts are both done using US crochet terms, and in the more popular way of using 4 stitches to complete a block (some others are done with only three DCs to fill a block or use TCs instead of DCs). A filled block will consist of 4 DCs but it will share the last one with the next block. So the last DC of one block is the first of the next. An open block will consist of a DC, two CHs and a DC. This applies to both charts. A double open block is simply two open mesh blocks combined. So it consists of a DC, 5 CHs and a DC. And a lacet is created by using two rows. On the first row of a lacet, you make a DC, CH3, skip 2 CHs and SC in the 3rd, then CH3, skip 2 CHs and DC. On the next row when you get to that lacet again, you just DC, CH5 and DC. I will include some graphics to show it, but wanted to explain it because some people learn better by reading and others by photos.

It doesn’t matter whether you crochet lefty or righty.  All that matters is you read the charts from right to left on all odd rows, and left to right on all even rows. I’ve named the chart on the left as Piece A, and the one on the right is Piece B.  As you can see, Piece B is slightly simpler because it does not contain any lacet blocks.  But since the stitches are so simple to create either look, do not be intimidated by the lacets.

Here I will step you through the first five rows and you can take it from there.  The pdf download is complete with graph charts and symbol charts.  The following is only additional info to “hold your hand through the first five rows.”  If you complete this project and like it, I highly recommend you do some online research of filet crochet, learning how to increase and decrease and open a whole new world of crochet for yourself.  Enjoy.

ROW 1. CH 82. Reading chart from right to left – DC in 4th CH from hook and in each across. This applies to both Piece A and Piece B. What you have now in your hands is not just a bunch of DCs. You are holding 26 filled blocks from the graph!

ROW 2. (Reading chart from left to right now)

  • Piece A – 4 DC including your turning CH or standing DC to make a filled block, then CH 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in next, CH 3, skip 2 stitches and DC. Repeat 10 more times, CH 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in next, CH 3, skip 2 stitches then end with 4 DCs.
  • Piece B – 4 DC including your turning CH or standing DC to make a filled block, then CH 2, skip 2 stitches, and DC. Repeat 22 more times, then CH 2, skip 2 stitches and make 4 DCs.

ROW 3. (Reading chart from right to left now)

  • Piece A – 4 DC including your turning CH or standing DC to make a filled block, then CH 5, skip 5 stitches and DC. Repeat 10 times and then CH 5, skip 5 stitches and 4 DCs.
  • Piece B – repeat Row 2.

ROW 4. (reading chart from left to right)

  • Piece A – It’s a filled block, the beginning of a lacet, 20 filled blocks, another beginning of a lacet, and ends with a filled block so… that’s 4 DCs, CH 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in next, CH3, skip 2 stitches and DC. That last DC is the last stitch in the lacet and also the first stitch in the first filled block. So I start counting 3 DCs for each filled block as I go now. I count 1-1, 1-2, 1-3; 2-1, 2-2, 2-3; 3-1, 3-2, 3-3…until I complete all 20 filled blocks. Then it’s CH 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in next, CH 3, skip 2 stitches and finish with a 4 DCs.
  • Piece B – This line consists of a filled block, two open blocks, 20 filled blocks, 2 open and a closed. So it’s 4 DCs, CH 2, DC, CH 2, DC. That last DC is the last stitch in the last open block and also the first stitch in the first filled block. So I start counting 3 DCs for each filled block as I go now. I count 1-1, 1-2, 1-3; 2-1, 2-2, 2-3; 3-1, 3-2, 3-3…until I complete all 20 filled blocks. Then it’s CH 2, DC, CH 2, and end with 4 DCs.

ROW 5 – (reading chart from right to left now)

  • Piece A – this row contains the 2nd part of a lacet, a filled block, an open block, 8 double open blocks, an open block, a filled block, a 2nd part of a lacet and a filled block so…. it’s 4 DCs, then CH5, 4 DCs, CH 2, DC, (CH 5, DC) 7 times, then CH 5 and 4 DCs, CH 2, 4 DCs, CH 5, end with 4 DCs.
  • Piece B – this row contains a filled block, 2 open blocks, a filled block, 18 open blocks, a filled block, 2 open blocks and a filled block so… it’s 4 DCs, CH 2, DC, CH 2, 4 DCs, (CH 2, DC) 17 times, then CH 2 and 4 DCs, CH 2, DC, CH 2, 4 DCs.
Continue following chart for each row.  Finish off. Block your finished filet by covering a piece of foam, corkboard or other similar material with plastic wrap, stretching and pinning your piece in shape, and spraying with a warm water.  A small piece like this will dry overnight. Tips – you can wash your piece by hand with mild detergent and warm water and reblock whenever it needs it.  Always have clean hands when making filet, especially with white thread.  Rubbing you eyes and working on it is not a good idea.  Mascara is tough to get out of your work!  😉
Here are some photos of the finished pieces from the CAL.  It was a lot of fun and with such talented hookers who took to it like ducks to water!
filetdorthebird

by Dorthe of Crafty Duddles

filetannebird

by Anne of Crafted Whimzies

filetkeelybluebird

by keely of CraftyDoodles

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2 comments for “Free Filet Starter Charts – Caged Bird

  1. Dörthe Busse
    June 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for posting this awesome pattern! The CAL you did with it was great! 😀

    • madcroscientist
      June 5, 2014 at 7:18 am

      So glad you liked it! 🙂