Filet Crochet Square Basics
Free Lesson 1

Filet Crochet Square Basics: This technique had a surge of use back in the 1970's when Granny Squares were the ‘thing’. As Granny Squares lost popularity, so did this technique. Today it’s hard to find anything about it. Because I was crocheting back then (yes, I’m that old), I learned how to do this by watching others, trying, failing, and finally ‘getting it’, lol.

A Filet Crochet Square isn’t ‘exactly’ a Granny Square. It starts with Filet Crochet, and continues with all the Filet Crochet techniques throughout. Plus, you can use this technique to actually do picture or graph Filet Crochet, creating some of the most stunning squares you can imagine, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

This is Lesson 1: Filet Crochet Square Basics. You will learn how to start the square, and how to do open and closed blocks within the simple square. There is much more to this technique and patterns on the way, so stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy making squares, you could mattress stitch them together and make scarves or even a beautiful throw. Please note, my actual square measures 2.25 inches across.

Abbreviations

ch = Chain

edc = Extended Double Crochet

sl st = Slip Stitch

Materials and Tools for Filet Crochet Square Basics

Yarn & Thread: I am using Herrschners ‘fine’ weight yarn, 2 ply (They call this Afghan yarn). The color is “Olive Green” #0048. The wonderful thing about this technique is that it works with all yarn and thread sizes. If you are interested in using the same yarn I’m using the link below takes you to the web page. This is not an affiliate link or endorsement of the product or company, just a courtesy to you.

https://www.herrschners.com/product/herrschners%26%23174-+2-ply+afghan+yarn.do

Hook: I prefer to use Clover Crochet Hooks. With the yarn I’m using for this lesson a B/2.25 mm hook works great. Use any hook that’s appropriate for the yarn or thread you are using.

Other: Scissors, yarn needle (used to hide ends).

Lesson - To Begin A Filet Crochet Square

You will find the free PDF Download at the end of the lesson.

The very first thing you need to know, in Filet Crochet Square Basic's is that it requires using Extended Double Crochet rather than Double Crochet. So if you’ve been doing filet crochet for years, using double crochet, you’ll need to break the habit. Double crochet seems to pull on the ends and just doesn’t look good.

You will be working from the center out. This will result in a very good looking square. You can use closed blocks, and open blocks (and all the other Filet Crochet stitches), so play with the idea and learn how. I’ll be talking about a lot more in coming lessons.

Rnd 1 - The Center

It’s easiest to learn Filet Crochet Square Basics, when you start, with open blocks in the center and on the corners. In the next lesson I’ll be showing how to do closed blocks in the center and corners, which will allow you to work graph patterns.

Note: As you are working keep your stitches comfortable, not too tight.

Ch 9, connect to the 1st chain with an EDC.

**Ch 5, connect to the ‘same’ first chain with an EDC.**

Repeat between the stars (**) 1 more time.

To Finish This Round

Ch 5, connect to the 3rd chain from the center with a Sl St.

Lesson - Continuing To Create Rounds

Rnd 2

VERY IMPORTANT: ALWAYS TURN, then chain.

Turn - ch 3. 2 EDC around the below chain.

1 EDC in the 3rd below chain.

** Ch 5, connect to the same 3rd chain with an EDC.

2 EDC around the chain.

1 EDC in the top (stitch) of the post.

2 EDC around the chain.

1 EDC in the 3rd below chain.**

Repeat the instruction between the stars (**) 2 more times. 

To Finish

Ch 5, connect to the same 3rd chain with an EDC.

2 EDC around the chain.

Sl st connect to the chain stitch closest to the 1st post.

Rnd 3 - Open and Closed Blocks

As you can tell, open and closed blocks are the same as normal Filet Crochet. The biggest change, in Filet Crochet Square Basics, is going around corners, and the location of turning the work (in the middle of a row).

Turn - ch 3. 1 open block, 1 closed block before the corner, make a corner.


**1 closed block, 2 open blocks, 1 closed block, make a corner.**

Repeat the instruction between the stars (**) 2 more times.

1 closed block,

Finish with an open block, connecting to the the 3rd chain with a sl st.

Keep playing with open and closed blocks, and more rows around, as much as you like.

Lesson - Continuing Rounds of Filet Crochet Square Basics

ALWAYS TURN BEFORE YOU CHAIN.

To Begin a Round - Open Block, with Open Block Below

Turn & Ch 5. 1 EDC in the top of the next stitch (post).

To Begin a Round - Open Block, with Closed Block Below

Turn & Ch 5. Skip 2 stitches (posts) below and in the top of the 3rd stitch (post), 1 EDC.

To Begin a Round - Closed Block, with Open Block Below

Turn & Ch 3. 2 EDC around the chain in the first block. 1 EDC in the top of the next stitch (post).

To Begin a Round - Closed Block, with Closed Block Below

Turn & Ch 3. 1 EDC in the top of the first 3 stitches (posts).


Open Blocks across Each Side

This is normal filet crochet with the exception of using Extended Double Crochet stitches.

Closed Blocks across Each Side

Again, normal filet crochet blocks, only closed, using Extended Double Crochet stitches.


Open Block Corners

Ch 2, connect to the 3rd chain with an EDC.

Ch 5, connect in the same chain with an EDC.

Note: We will cover Closed Block Corners later.


Open Block Finish, with Open Block Below

Ch 2, connect to the 3rd chain, with a sl st.

Open Block Finish, with Closed Block Below

Ch 2, connect to the top chain, closest to the first actual stitch, that you did to start the round.

Closed Block Finish, with Open Block Below

On the last block, 2 EDC around the last chain. Sl st connect to the 3rd chain in the block below.

Closed Block Finish, with Closed Block Below

1 EDC in the top of the last 2 stitches (posts) below. Connect to the top chain, closest to the first actual stitch, that you did to start the round.


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