Filet Crochet Name Doily

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Introduction: Filet Crochet Name Doily

About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
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:

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

Terms:
Ch(s) – Chain(s)
dc - Double Crochet (US term, outside the US it is called tc, triple crochet)

Step 2:

First you need to create a graph of the name you are going to spell on the doily.  I get out my favorite font graph and have the correct spelling of the name beside me (this was really important for the 15 letter name that ended with “witz”).  I then use pencil to transfer the name to the graph paper each letter of the name with one or two rows of space between each letter.  It’s doesn’t have to be all on the same line. You will be reading the pattern from top to bottom on the first row and from bottom to top on the second row, alternating which end you start at for the width of each letter.

Step 3:

First you start by creating a chain 66 stitches long.

Step 4:

Row 1:  Dc in 4th chain from the hook, dc in the next 2 chains (this is the start of the solid edge along the top).  *Chain 2 and dc in the 3 chain (or in other words, skip 2 chains), repeat from* until you have 19 open grid spaces, dc in the last 4 stitches, (the solid edge along the bottom) chain 3 and turn.

Step 5:

Row 2:  dc in tops of next 3 of dc, (Crochet through both the top and bottom loops)  *Chain 2 and dc in the top of the next dc, go from * until you have 19 open grid spaces, dc in the last 4 stitches, chain 3 and turn.

Step 6:

Row 3:  Now we start the letters.  You are coming from the top so, dc in tops of next 3 of dc,  create open grids for 5 spaces ending with a dc, read the first line on the left side of the first letter.  If that first square has an X in it, dc into the 2 chs and dc in the next dc, if the next square has an X fill it with 2 dc, if it doesn’t crochet 2 ch over the empty space. (all the letters are 9 squares deep so you will either fill each square with 2 dc or just ch2, for those 9 squares.  Then make 5 empty square, dc the last 4 stitches, ch3 and turn.

Rows 4 etc:  read the pattern for the next row from the bottom up, filling any square with an X with 2 dc, and any empty squares with ch2.  Each square consists of 3 stitches.  The first dc stitch for that square and then 2 more stitches, to either fill or leave open the square.  The first dc of the next square also serves as the last dc of the previous square.  Because of the size of each letter, not every letter takes the same number of rows to create, (compare I and W).

When you have completed the first letter, the next two rows will be repeats of row #2.

Step 7:

Look carefully at the first letter and determine whether you are starting at the top or the bottom of the next letter.  On some of the letters it doesn’t matter, because they are symmetrical top to bottom (I, O, E, B etc.), on others it would make a big difference because they are not symmetrical, (G, Z, K, etc.)  You would hate to get most of the way through a name only to discover that one or more letters is upside down. (Been there done that.)  There is nothing to do but rip it out and start again at the last 2 empty rows after the last correct letter.

Step 8:

When you are done with the last two empty rows after the last letter, then you start with the end edging, reading it the same way you read the letters.  One problem, the patterns for the ends, are copy righted in a book I bought.  You can get a copy of the book here:    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Name-Filet-Crochet-Leisure/dp/B000LQHML8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352657667&sr=1-1.


Once one end is done, tie off and weave in the thread end.

Step 9:

  Turn the doily over and repeat the end pattern for the other end.  Again weave in loose ends.

Step 10:

I usually just hand wash the doily and block it (lay it on a flat surface and use straight pins to pull the edges out so that it will lay flat) and let it dry. 

Step 11:

Now it is ready to be matted (that’s another Instructable). 

Step 12:

If it is to be a table doily, soak it in liquid starch and then block it allowing it to dry.  Beautiful!  Enjoy!
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    39 Discussions

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    johnnyreb2
    johnnyreb2

    Question 2 months ago on Introduction

    My name is 7 letters , do I need 66 chain for my base or beginning chain.? I am very new to crochet and never did name filet. It is beautiful so I need help

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    ElaineA12
    ElaineA12

    Question 7 months ago on Introduction

    Where can I find the other letters in these style (font).

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    sillysdm
    sillysdm

    Question 9 months ago

    My letters seem to have a lot of space between them. I feel like they should be tighter. Are my stitches to big? Also it seems to be getting wider?

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    guscelina
    guscelina

    3 years ago

    I am making this now. Haven't crocheted with fine thread in 30+ years. So far this pattern is easy to follow. Can't wait to finish. Thank you

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Reply 3 years ago

    Welcome, thanks for commenting.

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    guscelina
    guscelina

    Reply 1 year ago

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since I first posted. I have since finished numerous filet crochet projects. Do I have to say that I am loving this or can you tell. Lol My daughter got married 5/3/19 & I made the bridesmaids name doilies. Thank you for sharing & inspiring. I also share your site for people asking how to start.

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    AmandaN71
    AmandaN71

    Question 1 year ago

    When it said to use liquid starch and block it to dry, what does that mean??

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Answer 1 year ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4mePsplq6w , is a video on how to block a doily. This process works on any doily. She used glue, but I use liquid starch for stiffening fabrics and yarns/threads. Liquid starch is found in the laundry isle of the super market, usually in a blue bottle.

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    AmandaN71
    AmandaN71

    Reply 1 year ago

    And one more question. What about using acrylic paint on this type of yarn? And use liquid starch?

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Reply 1 year ago

    I used acrylic paint on a crocheted doily to adhere it to a canvas board to be hung as a piece of art. It still looks good. You can do that with cotton yarn/thread. Liquid starch works the best, in my opinion. It gives it enough strength to stay flat and stay blocked out nice. I think the main thing is that liquid starch can be washed out and your doily can be re-starched and re-blocked to make it look fresh.

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    AmandaN71
    AmandaN71

    Reply 1 year ago

    So how about starching the doily, then use the acrylic paint?

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    AmberL83
    AmberL83

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Hello.. First let me start by saying what great instructions. I however am very confused on the beginning chain.. not for this one or one of this size. I have graphed out my own letters (which are larger due to the font I decided to use) yours are i believe 9 blocks where as mine are 24. How do I figure out the beginning chain length or number?

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi! The boxes are created by making 3 stitches for each box. So either; 3 double crochets for a solid box or 1 double crochet and 2 chains, for an open box. Keep in mind that the first double crochet of the next box also serves as the last crochet for the previous box. With that in mind, determine how many boxes you will need will need total (the height of the letter, you said 24, and how many open boxes above and below the letters. I usually have 5 rows (1 solid and 4 open) above and 5 (4 open and 1 solid) rows below. So lets say 24 +10 = 34 total boxes. Now multiply that number by the 3 stitches it takes to make a box, so 34 x 3 = 102 stitches. Now add 4 more stitches: 1 to take care of the double crochet that you will need to end the last box and the 3 you will need to create the first stitch when you start this whole process. So a total of 106 stitches You need to determine how many solid and open rows you will want to use above and below the name and add that to the 24 then add the extra 4 stitches and for the beginning and end and you will have the total you need. Hope this helps. Have fun. I love to see a picture of your finished project. Good Luck and Enjoy!

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    AGH-385
    AGH-385

    Question 2 years ago

    Thank for sharing, your work is beautiful

    Do you any other suggestions on where to fine a "printed copy" of Your Name & More? Amazon is out of stock and may not get it instock. All I have been able to find are digital download and I have no to print nor do I know anyone with a printer. Any assistance you can give will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Answer 2 years ago

    I really don't know how to help you on this. I have my Mother's copy of this book. Maybe you have a friend, neighbor or relative who would be able down load and copy this book for you. I usually go to my daughter for computer help. Hope this helps.

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    BethanyE6
    BethanyE6

    Question 2 years ago on Step 9

    Can you explain how to start crocheting on the second end, like how to attach more thread and get started? I'm new to this and having so much fun with it!

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Answer 2 years ago

    The end you are starting on has the back side of the original chain, so just put the hook in the first back loop of the chain draw the thread through, hook the thread and the tail together (as if it were 1 thread) and chain 3. Now the tail is tied into the first dc, dc the next 3 stitches and follow the open box pattern across. Then follow the pattern. Hope that helps.

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    Bobbie784
    Bobbie784

    2 years ago

    What do you do if you have a letter that is more than nine squares high...I have one that is 15 how do you figure out how many to crochet for the beginning chain. thanks.

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Reply 2 years ago

    Sorry it took so long, my life has been crazy the last long while. the pattern is started with 3 chains per letter box. So 15 high would be 45 chains and then 10 more boxes (5 on each end) so 30 more total of 75 chain stitches plus 2 more for the turn. Then the next row the boxes are created, by first box 3ds, next box is 1ds and 2 chains, repeat across until you reach the end and then count the boxes to make sure you have the 25 boxes you need, then 4dc for the last box.

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    SaraW68
    SaraW68

    3 years ago

    Thank You for sharing this information. I have the book on name doilies but for the life of me cannot find it and needed desperately for wedding gift at the end of the month. Your help is greatly appreciated! <3