Today I’m happy to share with you a chart for an adorkable filet crochet cat.
Filet crochet is a technique to make designs using open and filled squares or blocks. Usually filet crochet patterns are charts, without written instructions.
If you would like more information on working filet crochet I would recommend this article by Kathryn Vercillo on the Spruce.
Size 10 crochet cotton
1.5mm steel crochet hook
Finished size 4.25″ wide, 4″ tall, blocked
Abbreviations in US terminology
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
sk = skip
sc = single crochet
st (sts) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
dc2tog = 2 double crochet together worked over 2 sts of previous row. Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through all loops on hook.
dc4tog = 4 double crochet together, worked over 4 sts of previous row. Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, (yo, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops) three times, yo and pull through all loops on hook.
The grid chart is read right to left on all odd number rows, and left to right on even numbered rows.
To start: ch 48, work a dc into 4th ch from hook, dc into each chain of the row. 46 stitches, ch 3 at beginning counts as a dc here and throughout.
Row 2: read from left to right on the chart. ch 3, 3 dc (first filled square made), ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next st (open square made). Work in this manner across following the chart. When you reach the last 4 sts make 4 dc (filled square) to end the row.
Continue on reading the chart in the same manner. When working a filled square over an open square work into the chain space.
Beginning on row 11 I have added a few stitches to the mesh to make the cat design look more cat like. For these groups of stitches I have used traditional crochet chart symbols, see the key on the chart. For the dc2tog and dc4tog see the special stitches section above.
When you are done I highly recommend blocking to even out the stitches. I soaked mine for about 10 minutes in cool water, then rolled it in a towel to extract excess moisture. I pinned it out on a blocking square but an ironing board cover also works well.
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McDuff checks out the work in progress. Is that a cat treat under the yarn bowl?