Simple but addictive, filet crochet is a classic must-try technique – we’ve given it a modern facelift with this fab free filet crochet table runner pattern. Designer Becky Skuse says: “This table runner is perfect for our roast dinners on a Sunday. I made several drawings before deciding on these geometric diamond shapes and criss-cross effect, which provides pretty lacy areas as well as solid areas for piping hot dishes!” If you’re new to filet crochet, check out our how to filet crochet tutorial!
You will need
DMC Natura Just Cotton XL (100% cotton, 100g/75m) or alternative super-chunky yarn, 3 balls of 43 (pink)
29 x 84cm (11½ x 33in)
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Free filet crochet table runner pattern
Row 1 (RS) tr in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [29 sts]
Now follow the chart below, starting with row 2.
Read the symbols from left to right for even-numbered rows, and from right to left for odd-numbered rows.
The pattern is symmetrical so left-handed crocheters can follow the chart rows in the other direction.
Begin each row with ch3. then work each empty square as: ch1, skip next ch or tr, tr into next tr.
Work each dotted square as: tr into next ch or tr, tr into next tr.
At the end of each row, check that your stitch count is still 29 sts (these may be trebles or chains).
Row 2 is written out in full below to help you.
Row 2 ch4 (counts as tr, ch1), skip next tr, tr into next tr, ch14, skip next tr, tr into next tr, 20tr, ch1, skip next tr, tr into next tr, ch1, skip next tr, tr into top of beg ch-3 on row below, turn.
Rows 3-15 continue to follow the chart.
Rows 16-29 Work as given for rows 2-15.
Rows 30-43 Work as given for rows 2-15.
You can repeat the chart pattern of rows 2-15 as many times as you like to make a table runner long enough for your table.
Final row ch3, tr in each tr or ch to end. [29 sts]
Fasten off and weave in ends. Block if desired.