Decreasing Blocks in Filet Crochet

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Decreasing in filet crochet is incredibly simple. You either simply make the row shorter or start the row with slip stitches, and this works whether you’re decreasing on top of solid blocks or spaces.

To decrease at the beginning of the row, simply slip stitch in the number of stitches necessary. In a 4-dc mesh, you would be making a multiple of 3 + 1 sl sts. The last stitch you sl st in should be a dc (one of the outer stitches of a block). It will also be the st you make your turning chain in (counts as 1 dc)

7 slip stitches were used to decrease by 2 blocks.

To decrease at the end of the row, make the last block and simply turn and start the next row. It’s really that easy.

Not working the last 3 stitches decreases the piece by one block.

If you’re working freehand or writing your own pattern, increasing and decreasing is a great way to make interesting shapes in the overall fabric–not just the pictures you’re making with your open and solid meshes.

If you need any further clarification, be sure to leave a comment.

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