Sunday 11 February 2024

Book Review: Filet Crochet to Wear by Lauren Willis (Non-Fiction/Crafts)

Title: Filet Crochet to Wear
Author: Lauren Willis
Publisher: David & Charles
Publication Date: 30 April 2024
Pages: 128
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / Crafts
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

If you thought filet crochet was just for doilies, think again – this collection of designs is a fresh new look at this traditional crochet technique.

Learn to filet crochet with this collection of 15 crochet patterns for filet crochet garments including sweaters, tanks, tee shirts and cardigans. Filet crochet only uses two stitches in a grid formation – chain stitch and double crochet (if you're American), treble if you're in the UK.

This stitch combination creates a mesh-like fabric which is great for showing different motifs and patterns. Filet crochet was traditionally worked using perlé cotton thread and used to create delicate home décor projects like placemats, coasters and tablecloths as well as curtains.

This fun collection takes it to another level by working it in thicker yarn and shows how impactful it can be when it's used for garments. There will be a wide range of motifs from abstract chevrons through to recognisable motifs for hearts, honeycomb and even Christmas trees, so you can make fun fashion pieces without worrying about complicated colourwork techniques.

The designs featured in this collection include sweaters and cardigans for the cooler months as well as lighter pieces including a tank top and tee shirts for warmer weather.

Author and crochet designer Lauren Willis, explains everything you need to know about how to work in filet crochet, including how to follow a chart to work the motifs, the stitches required and other tips and tricks.

The 15 project patterns are written in US crochet terminology but there is information about the equivalent UK terms, and other technical information such as yarn weights and hook sizes.

The size grading for all of the featured projects ranges from small adult (tween) up to another 10 sizes so the patterns are very size inclusive. Why not make filet crochet fashion for all the family.


Filet Crochet to Wear is a nicely presented book. The fifteen projects are all distinct and interesting, and the book is well laid out with images, charts and written instructions. Although I haven't tried any of the projects yet, the instructions seem easy to follow at first view and there are plenty of allowances for alterations to produce different-sized garments as needed. There are definitely a couple of styles I would like to try once I have the time. I am giving this book 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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