Cats are so cute, it’s about time to crochet them, and my Black Cat Table Runner is the way to do it! This one is made in filet crochet technique which is a wonderful method to create all kinds of images and the grid-like texture looks really good on contrast color surface.
WHAT IS FILET CROCHET?
Filet means ‘net’ or ‘mesh’ in French. Using just chains and double crochet stitches and following the image chart it’s easy to do. You will find the full Black Cat chart below at the written pattern section.
Filet crochet consists of two types of blocks or squares making up the grid: open blocks are made with two chains and one double crochet, and solid blocks are made with three double crochet stitches. The first block on each row starts with additional double crochet but from there it’s either ch2+dc (open) or dc3 (solid).
Reading the chart is important part of filet crochet. With asymmetrical pattern like my Black Cat Table Runner we need to read the crochet pattern alternatively from right to left on each odd-number row and left to right on each even-number row, like this:
BLOCKING TABLE RUNNER
The table runner definitely needs blocking after you finish it. I usually make the piece wet, stretch it out on blocking mats and attach it with pins. I also spray some starch to give it extra firm shape. Let it dry completely before removing the pins.
VIDEO TUTORIAL OF BLACK CAT TABLE RUNNER
WRITTEN PATTERN OF BLACK CAT TABLE RUNNER
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I use Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread size 10 (colors black and pumpkin). One ball has 350 yards and one of each is enough for the table runner. Crochet hook is size 1.75 mm. With 56 rows of filet crochet and 3 rounds of edge my table runner measures about 16 inches long and 8 inches wide.
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Abbreviations: ch = chain dc = double crochet beg = beginning sl st = slip stitch sc = single crochet hdc = half double crochet
- With color A ch 71.
- Row 1 = (reading chart from right to left) dc in 8th ch from the hook (=beg open block), *ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, repeat from* (22 open blocks).
- Row 2 = (reading chart from left to right) ch 5 and turn, dc in next dc (=beg open block), *ch 2 and dc in next dc, repeat from*, finish the row with last dc in 3rd ch of beg 8-ch (22 open blocks).
- Row 3 = ch 5 and turn, dc in next dc, *ch 2 and dc in next dc, repeat from*, finish the row with last dc in 3rd ch of beg 5-ch (22 open blocks).
- Row 4 = ch 5 and turn, dc in next dc, *ch 2 and dc in next dc, repeat from* and make 10 open blocks, (dc 2 in next ch2-space, dc in next dc) twice for 2 solid blocks, repeat from* and make 10 open blocks, finish the row with last dc in 3rd ch of beg 5-ch.
- Row 5 = ch 5 and turn, dc in next dc, *ch 2 and dc in next dc, repeat from* and make 11 open blocks, dc 1 in each next 3 dc (=first solid block), dc 2 in next ch2-space, dc in next dc (=second solid block), repeat from* and make 9 open blocks, finish the row with last dc in 3rd ch of beg 5-ch.
- Row 6 = starting and ending row same way make 8 open blocks, 2 solid blocks, 12 open blocks.
- Row 7 = 12 open blocks, 2 solid blocks, 8 open blocks.
- Row 8 = 8 open blocks, 2 solid blocks, 12 open blocks.
- Row 9 = repeat row 7.
- Row 10 = 8 open blocks, 3 solid blocks, 11 open blocks.
- Row 11 = 10 open blocks, 3 solid blocks, 9 open blocks.
- Keep following the chart until 56 rows are completed. Fasten off, cut off color A.
- Edge round 1 = join color B in same st where you finished row 56 with sl st, ch 5 (counts as first dc and 2-ch), dc in next dc, *ch 2 and dc in next dc, repeat from* until next corner, (ch 2, in corner stitch dc+ch3+dc, repeat from* until next corner) three times, finish the round with dc in same stitch as beg 3-ch, ch 3, sl st in 3rd beg ch. Fasten off, cut off color B.
- Edge round 2 = join color A with sc in first ch3-space, sc 3 in same space, *sc in next dc, sc in next ch2-space, repeat from* until ch3-space of corner, (sc 4 in ch3-space, repeat from* until next corner) three times, finish the round with sc in last dc, sl st in 1st sc.
- Edge round 3 =
- in each corner = sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc2+ch2+dc2 in next sc, hdc in next sc
- on short side = *sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc+ch2+dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, repeat from*
- on long side = *sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, dc+ch2+dc in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, repeat from*
- Sl st in beg sc, fasten off, cut off.
- Weave in all ends, block the table runner.
If you enjoyed crocheting this table runner, check out my other table runner crochet patterns here.
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