Making Crochet Mesh/Netting

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To begin the mesh pattern, turn, chain 5, skip 2 chains in the foundation chain, and single crochet in the next stitch.
In the second and following rows, youll make a single crochet in each ch-5 space. Instead of inserting your hook into a specific stitch, insert it under the entire loop and make a sc over the chain. 
To work up a rectangle, repeat row 2 as many times as you like.
To begin the mesh pattern, turn, chain 5, skip 2 chains in the foundation chain, and single crochet in the next stitch.

To begin the mesh pattern, turn, chain 5, skip 2 chains in the foundation chain, and single crochet in the next stitch.

Photo: Linda Permann

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.


To begin the mesh pattern, turn, chain 5, skip 2 chains in the foundation chain, and single crochet in the next stitch.

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.


In the second and following rows, you'll make a single crochet in each ch-5 space. Instead of inserting your hook into a specific stitch, insert it under the entire loop and make a sc over the chain.


Row 2: *Ch 5, sc in ch-5 sp. Repeat from * across (skipping all of the scs from previous row).


To work up a rectangle, repeat row 2 as many times as you like.



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.)
Crochet Me tote

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.

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HeronMoonDesignworks writes: My Internet Explorer couldn't open the "Crochet Me tote" link you provided, for some reason.

Thanks for the basic pattern! I made a Fun Fur shawl using the same mesh pattern, but I couldn't figure out how to divide the first row of single crochet to make a skinnier version. Knowing how to divide it up helps so much!

And thanks for the newsletter, which I enjoy. Best wishes!

Heron Moon Designworks
http://heronmoon.etsy.com
Posted: 8:54 am on August 2nd
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