|Filet Net Textures, Rotated
This is issue #68 and all is well with your subscription. (Issue #67 was sent in February.) Thanks for your patience during several family-based delays. Lots of news below!
Rotate a stitch pattern 45º for a fresh surface texture. Have a look: #1-3 are regular crochet, #4-6 are Tunisian. The goal was to design with them as diagonal meshes, so I simulated a bias.
In photos #1-3, I changed which top loops I crocheted into. In #3, treble stitches are crocheted into the usual top two loops. In #1-2 I used a 3rd lower loop. To me, the gaps in #3 interrupt a possible diagonal mesh look. Perhaps it's because it's too familiar – too iconic as a filet grid (net).
Rotate Tunisian crochet lace for a fresh 'spin'.
I really like the look of these. Maybe it's because all rows face the front, so nothing interrupts the diamond mesh illusion. The textures seem fresh.
If you didn't know these were crocheted filet-style, i.e. a tall stitch in the top of a tall stitch spaced evenly apart like a graph paper grid, might you think they are a diamond mesh lace?
Designers know that a fabric set on a 45º bias acquires stylish stretchy drape for clothing. This works even with the classic-though-inelastic filet crochet. It's an inspiring way to bring out new looks in popular crochet stitch patterns. Also, filet net is practically a designing aid (like graph paper).
As a crocheter I enjoy the process of making Tunisian lace much more if I'm doing filet instead of diamond mesh. I see now that I've been going in this direction for years, from Aero to Aery Faery.
Aery (on the right) is draping on a full 45º bias. Notice that it has no solid blocks of stitches to indicate which direction the rows are going. Compare with this swatch in Flickr. Its solid blocks of Tunisian double crochets help you to recognize that I've rotated that image 45º. (Here is the original.)
What inspired this newsletter issue the most is finding out that I'm not the only one who enjoys this approach. My crochet friend, Terra, wrote this while making the Minuet Vest:
I am so loving this!! I think because the top bars and vertical bars look the same (unlike in regular crochet). It's really neat (tidy) and attractive. I keep catching glimpses of it turned as diamonds! I'm definitely going to have to find something fun to do with that.
A similar thing happened in my Tunisian Lace 101 class last year. It was my first time making use of an overhead projector for a large class. I projected a Tunisian filet swatch onto the wall, rotated to look like diamond mesh. Then I slowly turned it 45º until it was recognizable as a filet net. I saw a startled inspiration on people's faces. I know that feeling!
What About Rotating Diamond Mesh?
Below are two Tunisian diagonal meshes (those small inset photos) that I rotated 45º. Here's what they look like as 'filet net.' See what I mean about new textures?
I've been entranced with filet lace on the bias for years, but haven't really pursued it at the level of a stitch pattern (It means altering how you begin and end rows, which is for another day.) Instead, I've used it in ways that drape in interesting angles from the shoulders. Or, I've started in a corner with it and add filet spaces on the edges, such as with Aery Faery.
Filet for Fashion
Since the 1970's, filet crochet net has been a favorite for summery layers that say "Looks like another beach day!" A chic biasing drape could take filet beyond casual daytime coverups. I'm thinking that this is especially the case with Tunisian filet.
The filet net look is having a hot trend moment in fine fashion yarns and new trendy looks. See what I mean at my Pinterest board: "Trend: Simple Crochet Mesh & Nets."
Note: I blogged filet crochet tips recently. Most tips focus on fine-tuning stitch or row gauge in both regular and Tunisian filet, but see Tips #4-5.
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