How to Decrease Blocks or Spaces in Filet Crochet

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

The method for decreasing both spaces and blocks in filet crochet is the same. To decrease one space or block at the beginning of a row, you simply slip stitch across to where you want to begin the first space or block.

1At the end of the row preceding the row you’re decreasing, turn your work.

This procedure is what you do to begin any new row.

2Slip stitch (sl st) across 3 stitches for each space or block that you’re decreasing.

If you’re decreasing 1 space or block, then slip stitch across 3 stitches; if you’re decreasing 2 spaces or blocks, slip stitch across 6 stitches.

3Slip stitch in the next stitch.

This step brings your hook into the correct stitch to begin your first space or block of the row.

Decreasing blocks or spaces in filet crochet.

4Chain (ch) 3.

This step creates the turning chain of the row’s first double crochet (dc).

5Work across the row with either blocks or spaces.

Proceed like normal across the rest of the row.