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Crochet Geometric Design – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

I have once again been experimenting with geometric designs using the technique of intermeshing –double filet crochet. The inspiration for the above design came from the chart below, which I found in a box of old charts. I think it was a machine knitting chart at one time.

In my opinion, the experiment has turned out very well, and I intend to use the design to make an Afghan. But I think this would also be a great design for a throw cushion/pillow.

My sample swatch measures 19.5” X 13” I used a 4.mm crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects. Unfortunately, I ran out of black yarn and had to substitute navy yarn in order to complete the design.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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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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Pinwheel Design Cushion – Throw Pillow – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

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I have adapted this lovely design from a machine knitting punch card and created a chart to work from. The punch card is home made so I am unaware of the origin of the design.

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The created chart required a fair bit of tweaking. The first swatch I made was an attempt to keep the design true. However, I found that this was not possible; If I maintain the number of cells between each motif, this would require an increase in the number of cells of the motif itself.

As you can see, the resultant fabric is not unacceptable and would look fine on a larger project.

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However, as my intention was to make a smaller item, I decided that a smaller motif would be appropriate. Therefore, I chose to reduce the number of cells between each motif, which resulted in a more pleasing overall look. Once this decision was made, the design was very easy to follow and I think it turned out pretty well.

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I chose not to continue the design on the back of the cushion and opted for plain black instead, as I think it adds a touch of drama.

My cushion measures 20” X 20”. I used 4 ply Acrylic machine knitting yarn, left over from a previous projects and 3.00mm crochet hook.

 

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Geometric design – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Interlocking crochet

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Continuing my chart experiments using the technique of intermeshing crochet – double filet crochet. This sample was made using part of an original chart, which can be found at http://free-filet-crocheting.wz.cz/41-60/48.htm.

I like geometric designs and chose this one because it has a very strong look which could be used as a “square” in a larger project made up of different design squares. It would also look great on an Afghan/blanket for a male as it has quite a masculine look, which is the same on both sides but with the colours reversed.

The chart is quite easy to follow and required very little tweaking. But unfortunately, I ran out of yarn prior to finishing the final row of cells. This is one of the negative aspects of using leftover scrap yarn.

To make my sample:
Yarn Type: 4 ply Acrylic machine knitting yarn, left over from a previous project.
Needles: 3.00mm crochet hook.
Method: Work a foundation row of 32 cells in colour A and 31 cells in colour B, and follow the
chart.

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