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Two colors for the work of one!
A friend of mine wanted a filet pattern in two different colors. Changing colors in filet (especially on a relatively open pattern) is rather a pain, so I wanted to know if I could carry both colors through the whole work and work the pattern blocks in one and the background in the other. Actual time depends on the size of the project you're making, but it does take a little longer than regular filet in one color.

Posted by hColleen from Tempe, Arizona, United States • Published See hColleen's 6 projects »
  • Step 1

    With both colors, slip knot over the hook. Work the base chain as long as it needs to be with both colors in every stitch. (I use a 3-dc filet [3 double {or treble for the non US people} crochets make a block]. If you use a 4-dc approach, just add 1 to the rise (chain 5 instead of 4 for empty squares on the ends). For the example, I wanted something quick, so I decided on 5 blocks, so I chained 10 plus 4 (or 5) for the rise. Remember, for your sanity, keep this chain row a little loose.

  • Step 2

    Now the challenging part. For your first double (or treble) crochet, yarn over with one color, go through the 4th (or 5th) chain from the hook, yarn over that same color, pull through, yarn over the same color, pull through 2 loops. You should have 3 loops on the hook now (2 of one color, 1 of the other). Yarn over both colors and pull through all loops. What this does is it keeps the 'chain' part of the work double stranded but allows the 'mesh' part to be one color or the other.

  • Step 3

    Now, a choice. You can work the whole row with the 'mesh' all being the same color, regardless of whether it's open or solid, and change colors every row (one row in one color, the next row in the second color) or you can make the solid parts in the second color (which is what my pictures show). You would do the same as in step 2 but with the other color, whichever method you preferred to use. When would just depend on when you wanted to use the second color.

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hColleen · Tempe, Arizona, US · 6 projects
A filet pattern is one that gives you a grid of open and filled squares that make up a picture. One example (I made this one) is from here: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa101400.htm
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Pink Custard · 1 project
whats a filet pattern?;)x

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