Filet Crochet Name Doily




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:

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)

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:

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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    Question 4 months 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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    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.

    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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    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.

    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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    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.

    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

    I am so excited to find this pattern. I have been wanting to make an updated version of a family one I have seen. Thank you for a pattern that is easy to understand. I can't wait to get started! You're a doll.

    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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    is the 66 chain for the one you did for the name stone? if the name is longer do you chain more and in what increments 3 or 5?

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    The 66 chains goes from top to bottom, then bottom to top as you turn you project. So when you read the pattern you start in the upper left hand corner follow it down to the bottom the first row of the first letter and then turn, and start the next row from the bottom of the same letter. Repeat until the first letter is done. Add 2 rows of holes for spacing and start the second letter, making sure the top of the second letter is on the same side as the top of the first letter. To make a longer name, write out your pattern and start with the first letter, and work your way though until you are done with the name, done letter at a time. I always add 5 empty squares on top of each row and 5 more empty square at the bottom of each row. Look closely at the finished product and you will see what I mean. Decorations are added after the name is complete. There are other ways to do it, this one is the easiest and even fastest one out there. Good luck. Thanks for asking.

    A size 7 metal crochet hook is 1.5mm. It has no letter. It is pretty small, the smallest being a 00 or 0.5mm. Hope this helps.

    I chose not to do the premium, and it will not let me download. now you have my info I'd like what you promised ....

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    Also, FYI: I personally have no info about you other than your screen name.

    What did I promise? I have searched this whole web sight for something were you asked and I promised, and I can't find it, also please back it up with documentation, so that this old women will completely understand. Wait for your reply.

    i got everything until I started to make my c it doesn't look right. what can I do

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    figured it out just had to practice and count. thank you

    Can you post a picture here so that I can see what is happening. I will watch for your picture. Filet crochet is like counted cross stitch, You need to keep track of where you are in your pattern and keep your counting in place. You may need to pull out a couple of rows to the place where your problem started and correct your mistake. Also practice helps a lot. I have made over 100 of these and I still make mistakes and have to go back to where the mistake is and correct it. Hope this helps/