Crochet Filet Heart Table Topper

December 01, 2017

Christmas gets closer every day. All full of love and (Xmas) hearts. Here is a free heart pattern for you.

Crochet Filet Heart Table Topper

I'll guide you at the beginning of the diagram as well as at the parts, when new things happen. So even if you are a newbie, you should be able to finalize this.

I've recently had a class of crochet newbies. I searched my hidden stash to find things to show them and among others found old filet projects. They brought back happy memories from the days, when I didn't need glasses to see the tiny stitches made with thread.

Somehow filet crochet seems very suitable for a Christmas project. Tradition meeting tradition. But, you don't have to work with thread. Work with any yarn you want to.

Filet Basics

If you are new to filet diagrams, think of it, as if you are making the grid itself. A white rectangle is an open space. Other rectangles are solid and make a pattern.

Every little white rectangle is two double crochet stitches with two chains in between. When you have a solid block, then replace the two chains with two double crochet stitches, so the space is filled out. (Other patterns might use more/less stitches for a rectangle).

Diagram Reading

When you look at the chart, you start the foundation at the bottom left with chains. First row is made right to left. Second row is done left to right and so on. The first lines of the pattern below is written out as well. You should be able to get the idea from there, so you can continue with the diagram on your own.

Write to me, if you run into trouble.

Pattern

This pattern can be used in different ways. If you make two pieces and join them, you have a big heart with two hearts inside. If you make 8 pieces and join them you get a round table topper. Ignore that the little black rectangles don't meet completely in the drawing below. They will, when you join them.

Crochet Filet Heart Table Topper - round

Gauge

19x24 rectangles gives you a square at 10x10cm (4x4in), if you use a tiny 1mm crochet hook (US 10steel, UK 4) and matching thread. It will make each pattern piece around 23cm (9in) long.

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
[9] = number of stitches in total in that row. Includes the starting chain 3, that counts as 1 stitch.

Special Stitches

The first dc at every row is exchanged with 3 chains. They count as one stitch. The 4th chain from the hook is the base of this chain-3-stitch.

Left-side increases (left-handed: right-side increases) are done like this: Make a treble crochet, where the hook is inserted into the footer of the previous stitch (see the image).

left side increase
how to do a left-side increase

Pattern Piece

Pattern Piece Diagram
Click to enlarge
Foundation: Chain 4.
Rows:
  1. Ch 3, make 1 dc in 5th chain from the hook, dc 1 in the next 2 stitches. Turn. [4]
  2. Ch 3, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches. Turn. [4]
  3. Ch 3, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches. Turn. [4]
  4. Right-side increase. Ch 6, make 1 dc in the 5th chain from the hook, dc 1 in the next 2 stitches.
    Middle. Ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 1 in the next stitch.
    Left-side increase. (tr 1 in the footer of the previous stitch) times 3. Turn. [10]
  5. ch 3, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches, ch 2, dc 1 in the next 4 stitches. Turn. [10]
  6. Repeat row 5.
Use the diagram until you reach row 34.

The beginning of the inner heart:
  1. Right-side increase. Ch 6, make 1 dc in the 5th chain from the hook, dc 1 in the next 2 stitches.
    Middle. (ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 1 in the next stitch) times 10, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches, (ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 1 in the next stitch) times 10.
    Left-side increase. (tr 1 in the footer of the previous stitch) times 3. Turn. [70]
  2. Ch 3, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches, (ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 1 in the next stitch) times 9, dc 1 in the next 9 stitches, (ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 1 in the next stitch) times 9, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches. Turn. [70]
Use the diagram until you reach row 48.

Decreasing at the top:
  1. Slip stitch 3, ch 3, dc 1 in the next 3 stitches, (ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 1 in the next stitch) times 3...

Join as You Go

You can join as you go or sew the pieces together afterwards.
When you start the second piece, you can join as you go every time you reach a 'corner'. Just find a suitable place to insert the hook, yarn over and pull through. Continue with your pattern after a join.

TIP: Making a Table Cloth

Do you want to scale the pattern up or use heavy yarn to make a table cloth? If so, consider turning the inner hearts upside down if they will be hanging down from the table.

Enjoy your table cloth!

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