Increase One Space at the Beginning of a Row in Filet Crochet

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

Increase spaces and blocks to make filet crochet interesting. To increase one space at the beginning of a row of filet crochet, you must chain enough stitches to make up a space. If you increase at the beginning of a row of filet crochet, you need to increase at the end of the row, too, but the process is a little different for each end.

Here’s how to work a 1-space increase at the beginning of a row.

1At the end of the row that precedes the row you’re going to increase, turn your work.

You position your work for a new row, as usual.

2Chain (ch) 2 stitches.

This step creates the base of the first increase space.

3Chain 3 more stitches.

You create the turning chain of the space’s first double crochet (dc) in this step.

4Chain 2 more stitches.

This step completes the top of the first space.

5Double crochet in the last double crochet stitch of the previous row.

One increase is complete.

6Continue across the row from the increase with blocks or spaces.

Consult your pattern to determine what you need to crochet from here.