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Hairpin lace vs filet

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I'm fairly new to crocheting but I love the look of lace. What is the difference between hairpin lace and filet? Which one would be easier to learn for a beginner?

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Filet uses standard crochet stitches. Hair pin lace has a loom that you use.

 

Here is a website for filet crcohet:

 

http://www.smartcrochet.com/

 

Here is a website for hairpin lace:

 

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art5429.asp

 

There are other websites out there, google is your friend!

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Filet is much more versatile; with it you can do wonderful pictorial and geometric designs as well as the lace you love. It is usually worked by following a chart, rather than having each row written out. It is easy to learn and quite addictive. Filet can be done in any

weight yarn.

 

Jean Leinhauser

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I think filet would be easier to learn, and since it is entirely made up of "regular" crochet stitches, it is good practice for any other crocheting you want to do. Crochet Cabana has good pages on both techniques http://www.crochetcabana.com/specialty/index.htm

(also tons of great info there on Basics and Stitches)

 

Filet is really versatile as Jean said, and you can make anything from bookmarks to blouses to tablecloths from it.

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Thanks everyone - after I posted the question, I realized hairpin required a loom (sorry about that)... Filet it is, then! Off to look up some filet patterns :)

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You can also adapt any basic counted cross stitch pattern to filet, just so you know.

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