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Starting your work. Simple filet crochet projects.
(LESSON 2, part 2)

Now lets try some little exercises. We'll work with schemes, just as in any real filet crochet project.
I recommend that you start with not very thin crochet hook and threads. Remember to read schemes from right to left.

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1. - this is a simplest project - all open meshes.

This is square 4 x 4 open meshes.
Row 1: Work ch18 (here formula is 4x3+6, as first row consists of open meshes), dc in eighth chain from hook, ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, ch2, dc in last chain.
Row 2: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in fourth dc, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 you've started your work with (that dc that you've worked in eight chain from hook at the beginning formed ch7).
Row 3: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in fourth dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in fourth dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

You are done! Congratulations! You've just crocheted the first filet project in your life!

You've learnt how to work open meshes in the middle, at the beginning and at the end , how to work open meshes above open meshes, and how to start your project with open meshes.

From now on, to make my instructions shorter I'll use * to show the repetition: repeat the instructions from * as many times as indicated.

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2.- this project is 5 x 5 meshes.

Row 1: Work ch21 (the same formula 5x3+6), dc in eighth chain from hook, *ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, repeat from * 3 times, ch2, dc in last chain.
Row 2: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 you've started your work with.
Row 3: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, skip next two dc, dc in third dc, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, skip next two dc, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 5: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, skip two dc, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, skip two dc, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

Now you've learnt how to work filled meshes in the middle and how to work filled meshes above open and open above filled.

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3.- this project is also 5 x 5 meshes.

Row 1: Work ch19 (here formula is 4x3+4, as first mesh of first row is filled), dc in fourth chain from hook, 2dc in next two stitches, ch2, 4dc in next four stitches, ch2, four dc in remaining four stitches. (There are more than 4 stitches remaining? Double check that you work ch19 at the beginning!).
Row 2: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc, dc in third dc, dc in fourth dc, ch2, 4dc in next four dc, ch2, dc in next three dc, dc in third chain of ch3 you've started your work with (that dc that you've worked in fourth chain from hook at the beginning formed ch3).
Row 3: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc, dc in third dc, dc in fourth dc, ch2, 4dc in next four dc, ch2, dc in next three dc, dc in third chain of ch3.
Work Row 4 and Row 5 the same way.

Now you've learnt how to work filled meshes at the beginning and at the end and how to start your work with row containing both filled and open meshes.

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4.- this project is also 5 x 5 meshes.

Row 1: Work ch19 (here formula is again 4x3+4, as first row consists of filled meshes), dc in fourth chain from hook, work dc in each stitch of chain, totally there are supposed to be 15dc plus that ch3 at the beginning.
Row 2: Ch5, turn your work, skip three dc (including the first one, i.e. you've worked ch5 out of), dc in fourth dc, 9dc in next nine dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch3 you've started your work with.
Row 3: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, 9dc in next nine dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, skip two dc, dc in third dc, 3dc in next three dc, ch2, skip two dc, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 5: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, skip two dc, dc in third dc, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

Now you've learnt how to work filled meshes above filled meshes, and how to start your project with filled meshes.

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That's it, now you know all basics of filet crochet. It's not that hard, isn't it? I'll give you a one more exercise as a homework, and if you are able to do it yourself, without any word instructions, consider yourself filet crochet literate! Here it is:

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Now you can work your own "real life" simple crochet projects. What is considered simple? The examples of simple crochet projects are wall hangings. Also some table runners, like Dynamo and Strawberries and some pillow decorations, like Dnipro, are very simple!

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...And some advanced stuff for those, who are interested.

Sometimes in order to form a nice looking border you are supposed to work first and last filled meshes of the row in a different way. Not very much different, though. All the difference is that at the end of row you DON'T work that additional stitch I was telling you about in first lesson. Then you turn your work, work ch3 as usual, but first dc work not in SECOND dc, but in FIRST:

- as a result, your work has nice neat round edges.

This is a very useful feature when working, for example, edgings - all my Assorti edgings have such edges.

So you may try it yourself with this exercise. (Please note, that the way it's shown on this scheme may vary in different patterns, it depends on pattern creating software).

- this is a square 5 x 5 meshes with round filled meshes on the edges

Row 1: Work ch18 (here formula is different: 5x3+3), dc in fourth chain from hook, 2dc in next two dc, *ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, repeat from * 3 times, 2dc in remaining 2 stitches (we have 3dc at the end, and with regular edges we have 4dc, see excersise 3).
Row 2: Ch3, turn your work, dc in first dc, dc in second dc, dc in third dc, *ch2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 times, dc in next dc, dc in next dc. Leave ch3 you've started your work with unworked.
Row 3: Ch3, turn your work, dc in first dc, dc in second dc, dc in third dc, *ch2, dc in next dc, repeat from * 3 times, dc in next dc, dc in next dc. Leave ch3 unworked.
Work Row 4 and Row 5 the same way.

Now you've learnt some advanced stuff about round filled meshes!

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In our next lesson you'll learn how to work a checkmark (also known as fancy mesh, or lacet, but I call it "checkmark"). It looks like a checkmark, really! It's beautiful and very simple!

Happy crocheting!

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