Filet Fantastic: Part 1 – The Star

Hooray! It’s here! Week 1 of Filet Fantastic and I’m super excited to start this journey of 12 weeks to create a new unique blanket and hopefully some wonderful crochet memories too!

I wanted the first part of the crochet along to be a little special, it’s the building block of the whole blanket (quite literally) so I thought it was appropriate to make it the star of the show! This week we are going to be working in rows and rounds to create a central star motif, the first filet part of the pattern is asymmetrical so you might want to check as you go to make sure your open blocks (that create the star image) are where you want them to be.

If you are new to filet crochet you might find my blog post about ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful on how to read filet crochet charts with some specific tips on the technique.

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Filet Fantastic: Part 1 – The Star

Yarn: 50g / 130m  or 1 ball of Scheepjes River Washed Avon (956) or 100g / 300m of Scheepjes Colour Crafter Maastricht (1246)

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle

Gauge: 5tr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  Part 1 – 27 x 27 cm (10.6 x 10.6 inches )

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first tr + ch-1), miss next st or ch, tr in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3(counts as first tr), tr in the next 2sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1tr in the next 2sts.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 1

Row 1 (RS): With YARN A; ch41, 1 tr in the 4th ch from hook, 1tr in the next st, [Bl] x 18, turn. 39sts
Row 2: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 18, turn
Row 3: Beg solid block, Bl, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 2, [Bl] x 11, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 2, [Bl] x 2, turn.
Row 4: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 2, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 3, [Bl] x 7, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 3, [Bl] x 3, turn.  
Row 5: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 2, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 4, [Bl] x 5, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 4, [Bl] x 3, turn. 
Row 6: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 3, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 5, Bl, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 5, [Bl] x 4, turn.  
Row 7: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 3, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 11, [Bl] x 4, turn.  
Row 8: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 5, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 7, [Bl] x 6, turn.  
Row 9: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 4, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 9, [Bl] x 5, turn.  
Row 10: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 3, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 11, [Bl] x 4, turn.  
Row 11: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 2, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 13, [Bl] x 3, turn.  
Row 12: Beg solid block, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 17, Bl, turn.  
Row 13: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 6, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 5, [Bl] x 7, turn.  
Row 14: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 6, [Ch1,miss next st, tr in next st] x 5, [Bl] x 7, turn.   
Row 15: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 7, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 3, [Bl] x 8, turn
Row 16: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 7, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st] x 3, [Bl] x 8, turn  Row 17: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 8, [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st], [Bl] x 9, turn Row 18: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 18, turn Row 19 (RS): Beg solid block, [Bl] x 18. Do not  fasten off, continue to rnd 1.

Please note that chart (below) is for rows 1โ€”19 of part 1 only.

From this point onwards you will be working in the round;

Rnd 1: Turn your work, ch3 to start and work trโ€™s evenly down each side of your block; working 2trโ€™s in each post of the end of the row and (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in each  corner, sl st to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. 164sts (41tr each side) + 4 x 2ch-sps

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as first tr) 1tr in the next st,  * [Ch1, miss next st, tr in next st, Bl] x 9, ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next 2sts, (2tr, ch2,2tr) in the corner, 2tr in the next 2sts, repeat from * three times more, sl st to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. 180sts (35tr + 10 x 1ch-sps each side) + 4 x 2ch-sps

Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as first tr) 1tr in the next st in each st and in each ch-sp along working (2tr, ch2,2tr) in each corner, sl st to the top of the beginning ch3 to join.  196sts (49tr each side) + 4 x 2ch-sps. Fasten off and weave in ends.

The right side of your work is now facing you; mark this if necessary as we will build upon this in part 2

Chart for example section of Rnds 1 – 3 (below)

Pattern in US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), miss next st or ch, dc in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the next 2 sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1dc in the next 2 sts. Where base sts are dc, work 1dc in each st; where base sts are ch1 and dc, work your dc over the ch1 (into the space) and  next dc into the dc.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 1

Row 1 (RS): With YARN A; ch41, 1dc in the 4th ch from hook, 1dc in the next st, [Bl] x 18, turn. 39 sts 
Row 2: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 18, turn
Row 3: Beg solid block, Bl, [Open block] x 2, [Bl] x 11, [Open block] x 2, [Bl] x 2, turn. 
Row 4: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 2, [Open block] x 3, [Bl] x 7, [Open block] x 3, [Bl] x 3, turn.   
Row 5: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 2, [Open block] x 4, [Bl] x 5, [Open block] x 4, [Bl] x 3, turn.  
Row 6: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 3, [Open block] x 5, Bl, [Open block] x 5, [Bl] x 4, turn.   
Row 7: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 3, [Open block] x 11, [Bl] x 4, turn.   
Row 8: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 4, [Open block] x 9, [Bl] x 5, turn.   
Row 9: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 3, [Open block] x 11, [Bl] x 4, turn.   
Row 10: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 2, [Open block] x 13, [Bl] x 3, turn.   
Row 11: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 1, [Open block] x 15, [Bl] x 2, turn.   
Row 12: Beg solid block, [Open block] x 17, Bl, turn.   
Row 13: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 6, [Open block] x 5, [Bl] x 7, turn.  
Row 14: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 6, [Open block] x 5, [Bl] x 7, turn.   
Row 15: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 7, [Open block] x 3, [Bl] x 8, turn
Row 16: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 7, [Open block] x 3, [Bl] x 8, turn  Row 17: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 8, [Open block], [Bl] x 9, turn Row 18: Beg solid block, [Bl] x 18, turn
Row 19 (RS): Beg solid block, [Bl] x 18. Do not  fasten off, continue to rnd 1.

See chart above for reference

From this point onwards you will be working in the round.

Rnd 1: Ch5 to start (counts as dc and ch2 for   corner), 2dc in same st, now work dcโ€™s evenly around your block as follows: starting in next row end along side of block, work 1dc over first post at end of row, then 2dcโ€™s over each post at end of row, (37 sts along side), *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner (this is first st of bottom edge), 37 sts along bottom, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next st*, 2dcโ€™s over each row end but working just 1dc on first row end to make 37 sts, work from * to * along top edge, 1dc in same st as beginning ch5 to complete this corner, sl st to the third of the beginning ch5 to join. 164sts (41dc each side) + 4 x 2ch-sps

Rnd 2: Sl st into corner ch2 sp, ch5 (counts as first dc and ch2), 2dc in same corner sp,  1dc in the next 2sts,  *[ch1, miss next st, dc in next st, Bl] x 9, ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next 2sts, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in the corner, 1dc in the next 2sts, repeat from * three times more, ending last repeat after working first dc of corner, sl st to the third of the beginning ch5 to join. 180sts (35dc + 10 x 1ch-sps each side) + 4 x 2ch-sps

Rnd 3: Sl st into corner ch2 sp, ch5 (counts as first dc and ch2), 2dc in same corner sp,  1dc in the next st and in each st and in each ch-sp along working (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in each corner, ending last repeat after working first dc of corner, sl st to the third of the beginning ch5 to join.  196sts (49dc each side) + 4 x 2ch-sps. Fasten off and weave in ends.

See chart above for reference

And that’s it! Part 1 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to se your stars begin to emerge!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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