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Mesh or filet crochet is a method by which you make items using rows of double crochet to create open and filled squares. Usually, you'll see filet crochet used to create tablecloths, doilies, and other home furnishings, but it's a great technique for creating light shawls, vests, and sweaters or jackets too. It's also used as a background for freeform crochet.