How to Figure the Starting Chain for Filet Crochet

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Figuring the starting chain for filet crochet patterns will require you to know how many blocks you're trying to create. Figure the starting chain for filet crochet patterns with help from the owner of Terri's Yarns & Crafts, a craft supply store in Sevierville, Tennessee, in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Ava Lynne Green with Terri's Yarns and Crafts in Sevierville, Tennessee. In this video, I'm going to answer the question of how many chains that you need to do a filet crochet pattern. In this case, we have seven blocks in the chart so seven times two would be fourteen plus two chains for the initial turning chain and since the first chain is or first block is an open block we also need an extra chain to make the top of the first mesh block. So I have fourteen plus two plus one, seventeen chains. Right here I have seventeen chains and I turn and I go into the fifth chain from the hook, two, three, four, five and do my first double crochet, do another double crochet, chain one, skip one and continue the rest of the way across my chains and I have seven one, two, three, four, five, six, seven blocks which correspond to the first row of my chart. So, the number of squares in your chart times two plus add-on stitches for your beginning chain and the first mesh block. You can find details for this pattern on Terri's Yarns and Crafts.

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