The Technique of Filet Crochet with Mary Card Designs and Methods
Mary Card was more than a wonderful designer. She was also an excellent teacher, understanding that crocheters needed better techniques and clearer instructions than most designers provided. Her graphs were particularly appreciated, replacing tedious and often inaccurate written instructions.
This book passes on her methods to modern crocheters. Its many detailed illustrations, tips and reminders make learning simple. The exercises are in a graded series of increasing difficulty.
Even experienced crocheters have benefited from this book.
The ten patterns, including seven of Mary’s, are for doyleys, a cushion cover, a jug cover, a chair set, large mats and a centrepiece.
The basics of filet crochet are explained:
- Simple pattern reading,
- Increasing and decreasing at the beginning and ends of the rows,
- Lacets and tufts,
Other tips and techniques not usually taught include:
- Working square, and
- Making blocks the same width as the spaces so that the solid areas do not bulge,
- Avoiding gaps at the tops of trebles.
- Working on the other side of the foundation row,
- Crocheting long foundation rows over a doubled length of thread,
- Joining the first and last rows invisibly as in the doyley at (A) and
- Adding beads to the outer row of a jug cover without breaking the thread or including the beads at the beginning.