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The Antoine Ehrlich Crochet Book Nr. 3 - Filet Crochet

Scans donated by Ann Heiser

This book was scanned twice, by Ann Heiser, and by Debra Carr.
The work on the scans of Ann Heiser was finished first, so these are the ones used.
Debra Carr's scans will be kept as well, for reference and update purposes.
Thank you both, Ann Heiser, and Debra Carr, for donating this lovely book.
Crochet Book
No. 3
Filet Crochet
Published by
No. 3





FILET CROCHET is probably the most fascinating of all crochet work. It offers the widest possible opportunities in its adaptability for every kind of decoration. It adds the individual touch to table and bedroom linens, and is essentially in keeping with period furniture. A wide range of designs and models is presented, in most cases the original; but in all, the diagrams, clearly showing the design in black and white.

We have endeavored throughout the book to suggest to you some of the manifold uses to which these designs may be put, and one should always bear in mind that good cottons and close, even work are essential for the best results.


Filet crochet is worked in "open" and "closed" blocks (sometimes called mesh), represented in the diagrams in white and black squares respectively, and done entirely in chain and double crochet.

CHAIN or CH.: Make a loop, insert the hook, throw thread over hook, and draw a loop through the first one made. Each loop is a chain stitch.

DOUBLE CROCHET or D. C.: Wrap, draw up a loop, draw thread through 1, then draw thread through 2, then draw thread through last 2.

OPEN BLOCK: 1 d. c., ch. 2, skip 2 stitches, 1 d. c, in next stitch to close block, which forms a perfect square. In making rows of open blocks, the d. c. is always made in the d. c. of preceding row.

CLOSED BLOCK: 1 d. c. on 1 d. c., 1 d. c. each on next 2 chain, 1 d. c. on next d. c.

The number of blocks given on the diagrams represent the first row; for the foundation chain make 3 times as many chain stitches as blocks and add 1. Always chain 5 to turn.

The work to be effective must be done firmly and evenly; both loops at top of d. c. should be used and when working closed blocks over open blocks the d. c. should be made in the chain stitch, not around the chain.

Choose a good thread and use as fine a hook as possible. The following table will assist you in planning your work. It is necessarily only approximate:

No. of ThreadNo. of HookBlocks to Inch
3 8 3.5
5 9 4.5
10 9 5
20 106
30 106
40 127
No. of ThreadNo. of HookBlocks to Inch
50 127.5
60 138
70 148.5
80 148.5
No. 1. This handsome mahogany tray, measuring 14.5 x 17.5 inches, is 116 blocks square. The pattern can easily be followed from the illustration. For a variety of tray patterns see Nos. 16, 52, 59, 78, 85, 88, 90, 95.

No. 3. Makes a very charming insertion and corner for a tea cloth. The unit squares can also be used for inserting in ends of table covers, etc.

No. 4. Shows a chair-back or chair-tidy now so much in vogue. For other designs see Nos. 10, 11, 16, 54, 55, 78, 82, and the Antonie Ehrlich Crochet Book No. 1, which contains a variety of patterns for chair backs.
No. 2 95 x 95 Blocks

No. 3 42 Blocks

No. 4 95 x 95 Blocks

No. 5 70 x 43 Blocks

No. 6 A handsome insert corner for table cover or tea cloth.

No. 6 68 Blocks.

No. 7 (Collar half)

No. 8. 9 Blocks

No. 9 (see No. 7)

No. 9. This antique filet lace collar design, worked in No. 80 cotton, is begun at center marked A (41 blocks). Bogh sides are worked from this point. The cross unit (19 blocks) can be used at regular intervals for an insertion or for a small medaillion, similar to 48, 49, 64, 65, 66, 67, 100.

Nos. 10 and 11. Companion designs suitable for tidies, chair-backs or inserting in the end fo table runners or for curtains. See also Nos. 48, 49, 60 to 63, 79, 80.

No. 10 45 x 42 Blocks

No. 11 46 x 42 Blocks

No. 12 7 Blocks

No. 13 85 x 85 Blocks

No. 14 9 Blocks

No. 15 46 Blocks

No. 15. A striking rose pattern suitable for bedspreads with alternate strips of linen. For the insertion make pattern 45 blocks wide, thus allowing 3 rows of open blocks either side of the pattern. For other patterns suitable for bedspreads see Nos. 18, 53, 87 and The Antonie Ehrlich Crochet Book No. 2, devoted exclusively to Knitted and Crocheted Bedspreads.

No. 16 (see No. 13)

No. 17 67 x 70 Blocks

No. 18 23 Blocks

No. 19 182 Blocks

No. 20 7 Blocks

No. 21 27 Blocks

No. 22 (see No. 19)

No. 22 shows a beautiful table cover, made in No. 60 cotton, the work measuring 29 inches square. The diagram is exactly one-quarter of the design, the arrows marking the last row from which point the pattern is reversed. Begin at point marked A and work across. For other table covers Nos. 53 and 90 are very desirable.

No. 21. Insertion and corner. For other patterns see Nos. 50, 93, 94.

No. 23 6 Blocks

No. 24 7 Blocks

No. 25 8 Blocks

No. 26 9 Blocks

No. 27 9 Blocks

No. 28 10 Blocks

No. 29 14 Blocks

No. 30 15 Blocks

No, 31 15 Blocks

No. 32 25 Blocks

No. 33 6 Blocks

No. 34 7 Blocks

No. 35 8 Blocks

No. 36 9 Blocks

No. 37 9 Blocks

No. 38 11 Blocks

No. 39 13 Blocks

No. 40 13 Blocks

No. 41 17 Blocks

No. 42 23 Blocks

Towel Insertions: The models shown on this page will give you some idea of the possibilities of narrow and wide insertions and laces for towels. Nothing could be more complete than the range of designs shown by Nos. 8, 12, 20, 23 to 42, 47, 57, 58, 72 to 77, 84, 92, 97.

Combinations of any of these patterns and the alphabets shown on pages 30 and 31 will be very effective.

The designs on page 22 are adapted for cross-stitching on bibs, towels, etc. for the children.

No. 47 29 Blocks

No. 48 37 Blocks

No. 49 37 Blocks

No. 50 22 Blocks

No. 51 (see No. 59) 75 Blocks

No. 52 (see No. 54) 69 Blocks

No. 53 (see No. 64)

No. 54.

No. 54. The original of this piece, over 150 years old, has been declared by many connoisseurs to be one of the best examples of filet

157 Blocks

crochet in existence. It illustrates filet crochet in its truest form. Note the effective combination of at least nine distinct motifs and borders.

No. 55 No. 56 87 x 87 Blocks

No. 57 12 Blocks

No. 58 13 Blocks

No. 59 (See No. 51) No. 60 33 Blocks (top left)

No. 62 32 Blocks (bottom left)

No. 64 29 Blocks (top middle)

No. 65 32 Blocks (bottom middle)

No. 61 33 Blocks (top right)

No. 63 33 Blocks (bottom right)

No. 66 31 Blocks

No. 67 29 Blocks

No. 68 71 Blocks

No. 69 29 Blocks

No. 70 71 Blocks

No. 71 (For diagrams see opposite page)

No. 72 15 Blocks

No. 73 19 Blocks

No. 74 19 Blocks

No. 75 21 Blocks

No. 76 23 Blocks

No. 77 28 Blocks

No. 78

No. 79 30 x 33 Blocks

No. 80 30 x 33 Blocks

No. 81 69 Blocks

No. 82

No. 83 85 Blocks

No. 84 13 Blocks

No. 85

No. 86 63 Blocks

No. 87 25 Blocks

No. 85. Theo old-fashioned tidy has come back to us. The lace edge on this model is easily made. For other styles look at Nos. 16, 55, 78, 95

No. 87. An effective pattern for porch furnishings. The table scarf can be made of ecru, green, linen or brown cotton to the desired length and inserted between strips of denim, linen or burlap to match and both ends fringed. An insertion of this pattern through the middle of a pillow and each end fringed or finished with a crocheted edge will be extremely handsome.

No. 88

No. 89 130 Blocks

No. 89. A tray design which is begun at A and is 130 blocks long; from point B reverse the pattern, as only one-half is shown.

No. 90. A beautiful table cover or tidy. A very handsome pillow top can be made of this, if No. 20 cotton is used. No. 17 or 96 with a border all around the pattern would make a striking panel or pillow top. Others are Nos. 16 and 88.

No. 91 95 Blocks

No. 92 8 Blocks

No. 93 22 Blocks

No. 94 12 Blocks

No. 95

No. 96 140 Blocks

No. 97

No. 98 12 Blocks

No. 99 26 Blocks

No. 100 26 Blocks

No. 101 22 Blocks

No. 102 41 x 147 Blocks

No. 103 41 x 147 Blocks


The ANTONIE EHRLICH Crochet Book No. 1
32 pages - Price 25 cents - By mail 28 cents
A comprehensive manual, containing illustrations and working directions for making pillows, scarfs, doylies, table mats, bedspreads, chairbacks, insertions, edgings, etc.

The Antonie Ehrlich CROCHET BOOK No. 4 ALPHABETS
Price 10 cents - By mail 12 cents
A sixteen-page book of alphabets. A selection of various styles and sizes for Filet Crochet and Cross-stitch.

The ANTONIE EHRLICH CROCHET BOOK No. 6 Monograms & Initials
Price 10 cents - By mail 12 cents
Monograms and Initials for Filet Crochet and Cross-stitch. Sixteen pages.

The Antonie Ehrlich Crochet Book No. 2 Bedspreads
32 pages - Price 25 cents - By mail 28 cents
A book on bedspread patterns, insertions, laces, edgings, all-over patterns - knitted and crocheted.

The Antonie Ehrlich Crochet Book No. 5 BABY CAPS
Price 10 cents - By mail 12 cents
A sixteen-page book on baby caps, containing new and original models of caps. Full working directions.

32 pages - Price 25 cents - By mail 28 cents
Exclusively Filet Crochet. With No. 3 it forms the best collection of Filet Designs yet published


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