How To Mesh Stitch
Now we've covered all of the basic crochet stitches and we can have a little fun with them now. What's really cool is if you go back to the extreme, like foundation, literally the foundation chain, you can actually do a lot of cool things with just chains. And one of my favorites is, it's called the mesh stitch. And I make a lot of farmer's markets bags, like this one right here. And this is actually a bonus material pattern for you that you can download. And this is really cool. The bottom is just done in like a single crochet, something to give it a little stability, but then you create this big open weave fabric, which is cool. I've actually made tops out of this too, like big tunic tops that you wear over tank tops, obviously, or whatever. But it's super fun because it goes fast. So you feel like a lot of gratification right away. And this makes, this is actually made out of cotton. This is an organic, like cotton, it might be a hemp blend, and so it's really strong too. So this is...
great for if you don't want to work with really heavy projects because maybe you live in a hotter climate or it's summer, or you want a quick gift for an office mate, this is really a great project. So be sure to check that out in the bonus material section. So I also worked up just a little swatch of the stitch in a chunkier material so you could see how, let me bring this in for a second. So this is super drapey, like you know, moves around, a lot of movement. But when you up the hook ante and also go with a thicker yarn, you get something more stable, but it really, it's cool looking. This would be really great. I would use this maybe for a pillow over like a nice, like contrasting color pillow and this would just, the color would poke through. Or maybe, I don't know, I think this would be really cool as like a fishnet sweater, but more of an extreme version. I just really dig this stitch, so I thought it would be a fun, sort of bridge from just the basics to kind of open your possibilities of things that you can do without being intermediate or advanced. So as always, we start with a foundation chain, which I have already done. And for this stitch, we are going to begin by single crocheting in the ninth stitch from the hook. So we're gonna go one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. So the ninth chain from the hook. We're gonna single crochet into that stitch. So insert the hook. Yarn over. Pull through that first chain, yarn over, pull through both loops. And we've already created our first little mesh hole. So now we're gonna chain five. Whoops. And then we're going to skip three chains. So we've never done this before. Normally we work in every chain. This time we're gonna totally avoid three of the chains in between. So one, two, three. So in the fourth chain we're going to single crochet again. And that kind of holds your little chains together. One, two, three, four, five. Skip three, one, two, three. Single crochet in that next chain. And you're gonna just continue doing that until you run out of chains, okay? And then you'll get something, a little piece, this is row one worked. You'll get something that looks like this, all right? So already that's got a lotta height. It's got a cool little window effect. I dig it. So you're gonna turn the piece. Put my hook back in. And now we're gonna be working only in these big chain spaces that you've created. So you don't have to worry about finding really a stitch anymore. This starts to go super fast because you're just gonna chain five again. And this time you're going to single crochet inside, in the chain space. So that just means you go under, yarn over. Now you've attached it to that big chain space. Yarn over, pull through. So you're still single crocheting to really hold that down, but you're not doing it in just one stitch, you're doing it in the space created by the stitches. So chain five, again. Single crochet in the chain space. So dive on through it. Pull the yarn through to attach it. Yarn over and pull through both loops to create that single crochet stitch. Three, four, five. Dive on through. And you're just gonna continue doing this all the way to the end. And I hope that you have as much fun with this stitch as I have had, and that you wanna dive in and make the bag. Don't be intimidated by a bag being a larger project because this is literally all you do for most of it, except for when you single crochet and you've got that. Like that was, that was so first lesson. You've moved on. So please make sure to make this bag and then I would love it if you would tag Vickie Howell and CreativeLive in any pictures that you put on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, or anywhere on the inter-webs because I love seeing finished projects. It just kinda makes me happy. So get your mesh stitch on, have fun with it. And let me see what else I've got to show you.