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Made up of simple patterns worked on a square mesh background, filet crochet makes it easy to create recognizable designs. That's what makes it the perfect technique for holiday designs.

Worked in classic white, the delicate designs look great with your favorite decorations, creating a fresh new look with hardly any expense.

It's easy to crochet a Christmas wonderland for yourself and heirloom-quality gifts for friends and loved ones. All you need is some bedspread-weight thread, a set of crochet hooks and a 17-page guidebook, "It's a Filet Crochet Christmas."

The book features step-by-step instructions and charts for seven lacy Christmas designs, plus guides to stitches and materials, a metric conversion chart and more.

In addition, a filet crochet review will get you started even if you're new to the technique.

The classic designs are sure to become some of your Christmas favorites. "Candlelight Centerpiece" (pictured) and "Snowstar Doily" will make a festive holiday table.

Add an elegant touch to the fireplace with "Bethlehem Night Mantel Scarf," and put the finishing touch under the tree with "Snowflake Tree Skirt." "Christmas Bells," "Snowflake" and "Festive Fir Tree" pillows round out the collection and make lovely accents and gifts.

The "Filet Crochet Christmas" guidebook, No. AN1321, is $6.95. You can find 12 other holiday designs in thread crochet in a 24-page guidebook "Learn to Crochet Snowflakes," No. AN1328, available for $7.95. Include $3 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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