In Filet Crochet chains and double crochets are used to create a grid, and double crochets are used to fill the grid spaces to create the pattern.  I was first introduced to it by my mother who created a name doily for me for Christmas.  My children each wanted one, but my mom had made so many that she said she wouldn’t do any more.  So I learned how to make the name doilies using Filet Crochet.  So far I have made over 50 of these doilies and given them as gifts.  The one I made in this Instructable was for the bridal shower of my nephew’s fiancé. (They are now married)  Everyone who sees one expresses disbelief that I had made it. They don’t know me very well, do they?  So I know that I can make one of these and get a positive response. (FYI- it will take +/- 1 hour to make a letter, and an hour to make each end, so 7 hours for this doily.)  Here we go on how to make a Filet Crochet Name Doily.

Step 1:

Graph paper
#10 crochet thread (white or ecru work best but you can use any color)
Size #7 crochet hook
Alphabet pattern (there are loads of alphabet patterns free on the internet)

Ch(s) – Chain(s)
dc - Double Crochet (US term, outside the US it is called tc, triple crochet)
Hello. I am very new to crochet. If i have a 11 square letter top to bottom how many chains do i need to start out with?
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<p>Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Hi I was wondering where I can find the free Alphabet patterns online? or what one do u recommend ? thank you</p>
All you have to do is google; &quot;filet crochet alphabet patterns&quot;. Look at the ones offered and decide if you like them. Some are free and some ask a fee. I done several different ones based on the ones available in the books I bought. You know what you like and I know you will be able to find one that will fit your needs. Thanks for asking.
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That is just beautiful! I'd love to try this :)
This is really neat! I can't crochet, but love all the projects that come from knowing how, one of these days I just may need to learn!

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