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"Cut" edges.
(LESSON 7)

Example

Some filet crochet projects not only have unusual shapes and not only require increasing and decreasing on both sides, but also has "cut" edges on the top and and on the bottom, like this one.

 

If you ever wonder how to do it, this part is for you. It looks like it's hard, but in reality it's very simple! For example, you have to make this place mat:

All you have to do is start your work with a FIRST row ABOVE the bottom"cut" edge. This first row is above the red line on the picture:

You work the starting chain for this row and proceed following the chart (increasing and decreasing on the both sides) till the LAST row BELOW the top "cut" edge. This last row is below the red line on the picture above. Then you finish those "cut" parts above the red line separately: finish one part, fasten off, re-connect the thread and finish next part.

Then you turn your work upside down and finish bottom "cut" parts, also separately - connect the thread, finish one part, fasten off, re-connect the thread and finish the next part.

It's that simple!

Here are the instructions on how to make the place mat above:

Start with the row above the red line. It consists of 13 meshes. Work the starting ch45 (13x3+6 = 45)

Row1: Dc in eighth chain from hook, ch2, skip two chains, dc in third chain, dc in next nine chains, *ch2, skip two chains, dc in third chain, repeat from * 3 times, dc in next nine chains, *ch2, skip two chains, dc in third chain, repeat from * 2 times.
Row2: Ch7, turn, dc in first dc, ch2, 4dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 3 times, 9dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 3 times, 3dc, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 below, ch2, dtr in same stitch as previous dc.

Continue following the chart till the red line.

After the red line:

2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 4 times (here the part ends). Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 2 times. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc (the chart shows from which dc you are supposed to start the next part), ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 4 times (here the part ends). Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 2 times. Fasten off.

Then turn your work upside down and work the parts below the bottom red line. Please note, when working the bottom parts, you work stitches of the first row in the "upside down" stitches, which means you'll work them not in the tops of dc but in the bottoms. Nothing hard, just little bit tricky, but you'll get used!

Again re-connect the thread in specified dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 4 times (here the part ends). Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 2 times. Fasten off.
Then work the last part: again re-connect the thread in specified dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 4 times (here the part ends). Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 2 times.
Fasten off if you don't want to work a border around your place mat. Don't fasten off if you wish to work a border, as described in the previous lesson "Working borders".

You are done!

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Here is another example, if the "cut" edges consist of more then 2 parts and start on different "levels".

You work such projects absolutely the same as previous one, just remember to start the mejor part of the pattern with the first row ABOVE the deepest cut, and finish the mejor part of the pattern with the last row BELOW the deepest cut:

Instructions on how to make this place mat:

Start with the row above the red line. It consists of 21 meshes. Work the starting ch69 (21x3+6 = 69)

Row1: Dc in eighth chain from hook, *ch2, skip two chains, dc in third chain, repeat from * 20 times.
Row2: Ch7, turn, dc in first dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 7 times, 6dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 3 times, 6dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 6 times, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 below, ch2, dtr in same stitch as previous dc.

Continue following the chart till the red line.

After the red line:

2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, 2 sl st in space of next ch2, sl st in next dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 7 times (here the part ends). Ch5, turn work, dc in second dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 6 times, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5. Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc and make another little part, shown green on scheme: ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc and make another bigger part: ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 7 times (here the part ends). Ch5, turn work, dc in second dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 6 times, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5. Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, 2 sl st in space of next ch2, sl st in next dc, ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc and make another little part, shown blue on scheme: ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.

Then turn your work upside down and work the parts below the bottom red line.

Again re-connect the thread in specified dc, ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 7 times (here the part ends). Ch5, turn work, dc in second dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 6 times, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5. Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc and make another little part, shown yellow on scheme: ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc and make another bigger part: ch5, dc in next dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 7 times (here the part ends). Ch5, turn work, dc in second dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 6 times, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5. Turn work, 2 sl st in space of ch2, sl st in dc, 2 sl st in space of next ch2, sl st in next dc, ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc. Fasten off.
Then re-connect the thread in specified dc and make another little part, shown lilac on scheme: ch5, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in next dc.
Fasten off if you don't want to work a border around your place mat. Don't fasten off if you wish to work a border, as described in the previous lesson "Working borders".

The place mat is ready.

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In my next lesson I'll show you how to make some special kind of meshes, which are rather rare in filet crochet, but give the item that unique touch - little checkmark and popcorn (I use those in some of my models).

Happy crocheting!

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