Some time ago one of my readers asked me a question about filet crochet. She was frustrated because every time she would make an attempt to follow a pattern her garments turn out too wide and too short.
I wasn't able to help her at that time because I haven't done any filet crochet for years and even back then all I made was table cloth.
I feel bad that I don't remember who asked me, so I decided to do that post since I went through that frustration myself yesterday.
My latest project involves filet crochet. I must say I admire this kind of crochet, it's simple yet the result is always beautiful if made neatly.
I read some tutorials to fresh up my memory and what you do to make an open block is: 2 chain (ch), 1 double crochet (dc), 2 ch, 1 dc....
and to make a closed block: 4 dc, and 3 dc for every additional square, since 2 neighboring squares share 1 dc between them.
What most tutorial don't tell you while open block turns out actually a true square, closed block doesn't, it's actually a rectangle. That's why my friend's garments were spreading out in width.
Some say you can make closed block by making 3 dc, and 2 more dc for every other mesh instead of 4 dc (3dc for every next), but the blocks don't look filled enough in that case.
So I tried some different approaches and found my own way, which satisfied me completely, since my filet sample 16*16 blocks turned out a true square.
There is nothing wrong with rectangles, but a perfectionist inside me kept kicking me, I needed my filet to be perfect.
The upper sample is the one I made using my technique, which is instead of making 2 dc to fill out a solid mesh, I make 2 dc together (above open block). To make closed block above another closed block make 2 - double crochet cluster (CL2) in 2 dc tog or CL2 of the previous row. It looks a bit different, but I like it and the best part it's not stretching and looks closed.
The closed blocks in second sample are made traditional way: 4 dc (plus 3 dc for every next one). As you see it's wider. If you choose traditional technique, to avoid frustration, keep in mind, solid blocks are wider than open blocks.