Back on line after a hectic day yesterday, I report my progress to date:

I’ve finished the panels right and left, and have come to an embarrasing moment. It’s STILL not wide enough. I mis-measured the window opening. I need to add about four more inches left and right, plus about an inch top and bottom (I knew about the inch top and bottom). You can see the beginnings of the frame or additional width at the leftmost edge.

Now for an exercise in logic. I can’t just continue by crocheting a solid band all the way around the edge, then working the filet mesh out from there. The proportions of the individual blocks are not square. They’re sort of squat – wider than they are tall (remember I worked side to side). If I were to proceed in the perpendicular direction for the top and bottom, I’d end up with ruffles because I’d be trying to stack the wide edge of the new blocks aong the narrow edge of the old ones.

I’ve gone through all my filet references, plus what I’ve been able to find on-line an din the library. So far while many cover adding on open or filled meshes to make non-rectangular edges, describe adding filetaround four edges ofother stuff as an edging (think handkerchiefs), or briefly discuss adding a plain rim of DCs to frame the piece as a whole, none mention adding filet as an edging onto OTHER non-square filet.

So. What’s to do? Right now I’m in hard think mode. I’ve got a couple of strategies:

  1. Add my left/right width, but do so without allowing for a framing motif (make the left/right additions equal to the entire width I’m short). Work the top and bottom as two narrow vertical strips attached to the body of the piece by sideways doubles, in effect, fudging a row of mesh.
  2. Add left/right width, minus width of frame. Figure out a frame on the exact count of the piece, working the top and bottom as strips, above.
  3. Find even smaller hooks and experiment until I find one that gives me the right width stitch, then experiment with doubles, half-trebles and trebles to see if I can approximate the proportions of the body mesh. This last option brings further complications. How do I handle the corners if I travel around the entire piece, row by row? I experimented a bit with mitered corners using a diagonal bar. It looked sloppy. Stair steps? Hmmm.

So far it looks like #1 or #2 will be the way to go. Advice from Filet Experts is eagerly sought.

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