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Crochet Sample Swatch Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This design uses the technique of intermeshing crochet – double filet crochet, and is intended for a 20×20 inch throw pillow/cushion. The sample swatch represents one quarter of the overall design, and was not only necessary to determine the ultimate size of the finished project, but also to work out the pattern for the design. This proved a lot easier that I had originally thought it would be.

The above design chart was adapted from an old hand drawn copy of the chart shown below. I am unaware of the origin of the old chart.

My sample swatch measures 10¼”x10” (not blocked). I used a 4mm crochet hook and Double Knitting yarn, left over from a previous projects.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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Crochet Fleur de Lis Motif – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Interlocking Crochet

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The inspiration for this motif came from the clip art below.

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https://openclipart.org/download/217124/fleur-de-lis_stylized.svg

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This motif is relatively simple to do, but can be repeated to give a really nice border, as below.

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or all-over design as below.

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To make my motif:

Yarn Type: DK Acrylic in colours black and honey, both left over from a previous project.

Needle Type: UK size 4.00mm crochet hook.

Method: as below.
Abbreviations

dcif (double crochet worked in the front post)
dcib (double crochet worked in the back post)
ch (chain)
dc (double crochet)

Foundation Row Col B: Work a row of filet mesh consisting of 17 cells, place last loop on stitch holder and set aside
Foundation Row Col A:Work a row of filet mesh consisting of 18 cells

Place colour A layer on top of colour B layer, with working yarn of both pieces to the right (I usually hold the two layers together in the middle with a split ring stitch marker as this stops the pieces twisting)

Row 1 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 9 times.

Row 1 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 8 times.

Turn work

Row 2 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 7 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 9 times.

Row 2 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 8 times.

Turn work

Row 3 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc,ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times.

Row 3 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times.

Turn work

Row 4 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 7 times.

Row 4 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times.

Turn work

Row 5 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 7 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times.

Row 5 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 3 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 8 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times.

Turn work

Row 6 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times.

Row 6 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times.

Turn work

Row 7 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc 3 times, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 3 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 3 times.

Row 7 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 14 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice.

Turn work

Row 8 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 4 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice.

Row 8 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice,*[ch1, dcib in next dc] 3 times, ch1, dcif in next dc.

Turn work

Row 9 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc twice, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice, ch1, dcif in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice.

Row 9 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 8 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 3 times, ch1, dcib in next dc.

Turn work

Row 10 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 6 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice.

Row 10 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] twice.

Turn work

Row 11 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc 4 times, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc 3 times, ch1, dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc 4 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 3 times.

Row 11 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 3 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 4 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 3 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 3 times.

Turn work

Row 12 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcib in next dc twice, *[ch1, dcif in next dc twice, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 5 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc twice, *[ch1, dcib in next dc 4 times.

Row 12 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc 4 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc 6 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times.

Turn work

Row 13 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times.

Row 13 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times.

Turn work

Row 14 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 7 times.

Row 14 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times.

Turn work

Row 15 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times.

Row 15 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 5 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 4 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 7 times.

Turn work

Row 16 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 3 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 8 times.

Row 16 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 6 times, *[ch1, dcib in next dc] twice, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 8 times.

Turn work

Row 17 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 7 times, ch1, dcib in next dc, *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 9 times.

Row 17 Col B: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcib in next dc. *[ch1, dcib in next dc] 16 times.

Turn work

Row 18 final row 13 Col A: ch4 (counts as first dc, and ch-1 sp) dcif in next dc. *[ch1, dcif in next dc] 17 times. Fasten off.


 

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Sample swatch Houndstooth design – Interlocking crochet – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet

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I have been trying to come up with a design that looks like houndstooth, using the technique of intermeshing crochet / interlocking crochet. Some of my results have not exactly come close to true houndstooth, but this one is pretty good, so I thought I’d share it!
As usual for intermeshing crochet, the fabric is reversible. However, there are two different designs, one on each side of the swatch.

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I found a really good tutorial on how to weave the simplest version of houndstooth known as pinwheel and puppytooth https://liliandmums.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/how-to-weave-the-houndstooth-pattern/
I then created a chart based on the woven cloth to work from. I did not realise that I had reversed the motif, until after I had worked the swatch!

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I also created a chart for a larger version of the design…

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I think the larger version of the design would be great on a blanket/Afghan.

This sample is worked over 32 cells col A , 31 cells col B, in 4 ply acrylic using 3mm hook, and measures 8” X 7” (not blocked). Should I work this design again, I think I will use a larger hook, as I tend to work quite tightly.

 

 



 

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Edging Motif – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Interlocking crochet

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I am currently working on a design idea for another Afghan using the technique of Intermeshing Crochet/Double filet Crochet/Interlocking Crochet; I prefer this technique as it produces a totally reversible fabric which is perfect for Afghans or Blankets.

In my yarn stash I have a full cone of 4 ply machine knitting yarn in what the label describes as caramel colour. However, it looks more like a pinky beige. Not the most exciting colour I’ve seen, and it will really need a bold design to liven it up. I think a chocolate/cocoa brown colour would be most appropriate for the second yarn colour.

I had an intended to try a “Greek key” type design as a surrounding edge to a less formal inner main body design for the Afghan. I have not got very far with the design for the main body as yet, but I have decided not to go with the Greek key idea. Instead, I’m going to use the “cross” part of a “noughts and crosses” design I have also been working on for some time as the surround ( most of the time I have a few design ideas either partially executed or floating around in my mind) …..

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The basic chart used for the “X” motif…..

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Each individual motif is worked over 9 cells (10 dc’s).

Obliviously, you will need to multiply the number of motifs in accordance with the size Afghan required. But as the intended surrounding edge, it would look something like this…………

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Now, all I have to do is come up with a design idea for the main body of the Afghan!


 

 

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Rhapsody Afghan – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Interlocking crochet

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The inspiration for this Afghan came from a knitting chart I found at http://www.rucniprace.cz/knitting-patterns-free/knitting-pattern-029.php

I came up with many variations on the basic design and it took quite some time to decide which variation I would finally use.
Once I had made a decision about the design I had to create a chart to work from (I hate writing patterns… they go on forever).
I use a computer spreadsheet to create my charts and once created, the charts often require tweaking in order to make a particular design work in yarn.

What I mean by “tweaking” is that I make amendments to the original design chart (I call them “tweaks”).

I print a copy of the chart and mark my tweaks on the copy as I work through a sample of the given design (I always work a swatch). I am unable to show these amendments/tweaks on the chart due to the limitations of my computer software.

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In this instance, as can clearly be seen, the number of cells in the “L” shapes of the finished design is 6 across and 6 up or down. However, the chart shows 5 across and 6 up or down. The same goes for the number of cells separating the “L” shapes, in the finished design there are 11 cells. However, the chart shows 9 cells.

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The design: Worked over multiples of 8 cells plus 1
Afghan measures: 66”x 41” (not blocked)
Yarn Type:1 cone of 4 ply Acrylic machine knitting yarn in Black and 1 cone of 4 ply Acrylic machine knitting yarn in Denim.
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook.



 

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Teddy bear sample – Interlocking crochet – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet

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I found this chart on http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/ and thought that it could be used with the technique of intermeshing crochet – double filet crochet. The chart was quite easy to follow with a little tweaking. However, the results were not as expected.

 

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The bear’s face is unusually long, thin and quite grumpy looking. I have also knitted this chart, resulting in a much more rounded and friendly looking face for the bear. This suggests that shorter stitches produce a much better outcome.

 

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I think that the results would suggest that this chart is unsuitable for use with this technique – You can’t win them all!

Happy holidays!

 

 


 

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Sample alphabet blanket/play-mat design – Interlocking crochet – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet

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I had an idea for a child’s alphabet blanket/play-mat design using the technique of intermeshing crochet/interlocking crochet, and created a spreadsheet chart to work from. I started to work on the design, which incorporates small motifs in addition to the alphabet, but lost interest in the project. This sample is as far as I got…

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The sample is worked over 29 cells col A , 28 cells col B, in 4 ply acrylic using 3mm hook, and measures 8”X7” (not blocked).

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The created chart required a little tweaking (as you can see from the number of cells around the central motif in each square of the finished sample). I prefer to use charts rather than lengthy instructions which are very time consuming. I have a lot more work to do on this design. The small motifs used in the sample are not very child friendly, and I have the rest of the alphabet to work out. I will undoubtedly return to this project in the future.

 

 



 

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