Making Crochet Mesh/Nettingcomments (8) July 30th, 2008
Going green is all the rage, so why not make your own market bag? Making crocheted mesh (also referred to as netting) is one of the easiest crochet techniques to learn—plus it works up really quickly. Here’s a simple pattern for working up the stitches.
Start your mesh panel by chaining a multiple of 4, plus 3 stitches.
Turn and chain 5. Skip 2 chains in the foundation row, sc in the next stitch, as above. *Skip 3 chains, chain 5, sc in next st. Repeat from * across the first row.
Row 2: *Ch 5, sc in ch-5 sp. Repeat from * across (skipping all of the scs from previous row).
Repeat row 2 until your panel measures the desired length.
There are a number of ways to use this stitch to make a bag perfect for fruit and veggies. Try starting with a circle or rectangle of single crochet to serve as the bottom of the bag, then crochet mesh stitches around its circumference for as many rows as desired. Make a handle from a few rows of single crochet, sew it to the top of the bag, and you'll be ready to go.
Here are some free net and mesh patterns around the Web. Registration is required for the starred patterns:
*Bernat’s String Bag
*Lion Brand Market Tote (This one mixes a couple of kinds of yarn, which is fun.)
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