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Filet Crochet and Diploma Update

Filet Crochet

Filet with Bars and Lacets

In my previous post, I talked about my struggle getting my filet crochet design square and the technique I used to overcome that. ready for submission for the part 1 of the International Diploma in Crochet.    Well, my filet samples have been returned along with other swatches submitted having being marked by my assessor.   The swatch above only achieved a ‘Pass’, (I say only as I have been getting very good’s and excellent with my other work).

My blocks and Lacets in my design were meant to be around the outside to form the background of the pattern and not in the main part of the motif, so that will teach me to read the requirements properly.   I may well just go with the ‘pass’ I’m not sure I want to re-do that one.

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My square filet piece needs to be re-submitted (sigh ) as although I did get it to be square and submitted both versions, apparently, my method of using extended trebles would not be classed as traditional filet.  So I need to give that another go.  I love the look of filet crochet, not so much doing it.  Oh well back to the drawing board!

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I did get an ‘Excellent’ for submission #17 a textured crochet swatch with a minimum of four different stitch heights.  I used (UK terms) Dc, Tr, Dtr and TrTr. in my swatch to create this swirly candy floss type texture.  Loved doing this one.

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This was my two coloured heavily textured swatch, reminded me of little acorns after I had made it. So, as yet I still have to tackle those buttons… I’m not procrastinating really (well maybe a little) anyway,  I hope you enjoyed my little update for the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1 which I am really enjoying.

Also on my Hook….

Again I have enjoyed making a few more Mandala’s one of which I have made into a wall hanging, I will show you in my next blog post.   I have so many ideas and projects I want to start but first I will finish the cotton sweater I’m making for myself, last part of the second sleeve then to sew it together.  ( I will finish it before starting anything else…. I will…. I will…. hmm who am I kidding, not you obviously!)  Funny how when you make things for other people you get them done quicker!

Till next time….. enjoy your yarn projects!

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Crochet First’s Filet and Mandala

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I haven’t posted for a little while on the blog but have been spending time with my hook, paints and of course family.

This catch up is all about a few First’s that I have tried in crochet, things that I have either never considered or not know about before.

The first first…….Overlay Crochet’ with a beautiful Mandala design by Amanda Williams from Yarn House Creations.  You can find her designs on Etsy or Instagram @yarn_house

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This gorgeous pattern came in my Little Box of Crochet subscription, along with with yarn needed, hook and all instructions.  I loved making this and learnt a lot about overlay crochet which gives the finished Mandala a beautiful multi dimensional look and feel.  The yarn used was 100% cotton which again was a joy to work with.   Isn’t it yummy!!

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Even the back of the work is sooo pretty…

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I loved this design so much I purchased another pattern from Amanda, just need to choose my colours now.  This one is currently sitting on my dining room table, look out anyone who tries the put a cup or anything on it ( dear other half).   I may make a wall hanging so I can put in my room and enjoy looking at it every day.   Hmm I like that idea. 😀

Filet Crochet Swatches for Diploma Submission

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Second First …One of the required submissions for the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1, is a square of filet crochet of your own design.   I have never tried Filet crochet, and although  it looks pretty, I have never had the inclination to give it a go… so another first!

I used DMC Petra Cotton ( love that yarn) and a size 2.5mm hook, so needed my glasses on this one.  After a few attempts at drawing out a pattern  that I liked and also trying to keep it simple,  I made up the swatch.   Shock , Horror, ITS NOT SQUARE!

Now I am confused… my stitch count is right, the pattern drafted out on paper is perfectly square…. so now what?  Anyone else experienced this?  I read and also researched a lot about it and there were several answers , mainly relating to my tension , the hook size etc but I had discounted those already through trial and error.

So ‘MY FIX’ (are you waiting with baited breath?, No? oh ok moving swiftly on…)

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Look at the above swatch… its square.. Yay!  I achieved this by firstly rather than using treble stitches for the blocks (UK Terms) but extended Treble, a very useful stitch which looks very much the same but taller.  Here is a lovely tutorial if you have not tried the extended stitches in crochet.

My second fix related to how you work the spaces ( in Filet you work blocks and spaces, the blocks being filled in with trebles and the spaces are chains)  In all the guides I looked at the blocks were worked into the chain spaces, which to my mind made the stitches shorter, so I decided to work into the actual chains, and it worked!

So two little tweaks, a lot of cursing and breaking out in frustrated sweats and I have a square!  Yay… now we have to see if it will pass the scrutiny of my assessor   ….. I will keep you posted.

Filet crochet using a background of Bars and Lacets  next… can’t wait (NOT)….. I don’t think I will be pursuing future projects in Filet not my fav technique but I appreciate the concentration and effort and patience required  when I see all those wonderful makes using Filet.

Next time… my challenge with bumpy and texture , two words that sound very similar but mean very different things for the diploma apparently – Happy Hooking 😀