Filet/feel it, OK that’s the twelve year old in me satisfied let us discuss filet crochet and how it is not as difficult, time consuming, fiddly, or necessarily floral as you thought.
I have designed three Doctor who inspired charts recently
It has been less than a year since I first (through necessity) hunted down the instructions for filet ans was shocked that it wasn’t at all complicated. All you need to be able to do is double/treble crochets and chains, really that is it.
Now filet usually uses 3 or 4 DC/TR per square I prefer 4 so I’ll explain using 4.
Each square is made up of 4 stitches, but, the squares share a stitch. Two filled blocks next to each other will use 7 stitches, the first block will have 4 then the 4th will count as the 1st of the next one
So, as you are counting your stitches you would count, 1 2 3 4, 2 3 4.
With a space you are making 2 chains and skipping 2 stitches
Again count 1 2 3 4, 2 3 4
Another way of looking at it is the 2 centre stitches of a block are the colour and the outer stitches are the lines on the chart.
You would work your stitches like this
Now a quick word on foundation chains, to work out the number of chains to make on your foundation row take the number of blocks and multiply by three plus three
5 x 3 = 15
1 end chain + 2 chain (turning chain) = 3
This chart wound need 18 chain stitches on the foundation row.