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Crochet Mesh Stitch

The crochet mesh stitch is a pattern of squares made by skipping stitches. It creates an open, airy fabric that is quick and easy to work.

The fun thing about this stitch is that  it not only looks beautiful on it's own, there are so many more, different ways to work with it once it's complete.

 It can be used as a background for other stitches by working on the surface of the mesh or around the posts.   Adding flowers or other creative stitches can really make this kind of project pop.

It’s also great for weaving in embellishments, like ribbon or decorative yarns.

The possibilities are endless on how you can add additional texture and creativity to this stitch.

Another thing I love about crochet mess is just how quickly it can be worked.  Using this stitch will help you create beautiful crochet pieces in no time at all.  

That makes it great for simple scarves or shawls and is used quite often in lace patterns.  You’ll be amazed at how fast you complete your projects.

Keeping your stitch count correct in each row or round is very important with the crochet mesh stitch.

To help avoid any problems, be sure to check your stitch count at the end of every row.

Basic Crochet Mesh Stitch

I have worked these examples in double crochet but the Crochet Mesh stitch can be worked with any of the basic stitches

-Start with a foundation chain.

- work a row of dc into the foundation chain

– skip 1 chain in the foundation row and chain 1 between each stitch. 

This creates little squares.

The second row and each additional row will be worked the same as the first, by working dc into the top of the stitch in the previous row and working 1 chain and skipping the space in between the double crochet stitches.

Off-Set Mesh Stitch

-Start with a foundation chain.

- work a row of dc into the foundation chain

– skip 1 chain in the foundation row and chain 1 between each stitch. This is exactly the same as the basic mesh stitch.

-On the second and each additional row work each dc into the space made by the mesh in the previous row.

This creates the same square pattern as the basic mesh.  It’s just off-set.

As you work rows of the off-set mesh, there will be fewer and fewer spaces created in each row.  To fix this simply add an extra stitch at the end of the row.  Make it in the top of the first stitch on the previous row.  This will keep your stitch count correct and you’ll be sure to have the spaces needed for your mesh.

 Crochet Trellis Stitch

This is a great stitch for beginners because it’s basically just chain stitches.  It creates a nice pattern, though, and is used a lot on edges and as a background.  A trellis stitch pattern is also used with shell and fan stitches as well.

The trellis stitch is created by working chain loops that are anchored into the loops of the previous row with a slip stitch or single crochet.

The chain loops should be about a third longer than the number of stitches that are skipped.  

You’ll find that the number of chains different quite a bit from pattern to pattern.

Row 1

Row 2

In this example I've chained 5 and skipped 3.  In the additional rows, you will chain 5 and then anchor your chain around the middle of the chain loop of the previous row.  I've anchored it with a slip stitch here.

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