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how to make a mesh bag


how can i crochet a mesh bag myself? i received this question a couple of times in response to the week of mesh bags. i promised to write down a how to for a basic mesh bag with which you can make your own variations. 

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a few notes
  • the type of yarn you work with has its own character and will influence the appearance of the bag
  • it is important not to crochet too loosely
  • when attaching a new ball or a different color attach it extra tightly, weaving the threads in, make a knot and weaving in again. this is because the tension on the thread when you use the bag
  • do not be tempted to make your bag too big because there’s a lot of stretch in it. especially if you’re a smaller sized person it happens that you drag your bag on the floor when it is filled

in this mesh pattern

how to make a mesh bag by elisabeth andrée
  • you make chains and sc, but if you like you can replace the sc for dc
  • at the beginning of a row you always start with 1 ch and 1 sc over the last stitch of the previous row
  • to increase you make the rows with a different number of chains and at the end of a row you finish into the first sc with a stitch that makes you end at the top of a chain space (see photo’s):
  1. 3 ch end with 1 ch and 1 h dc
  2. 4 ch end with 2 ch and 1 h dc
  3. 5 ch end with 2 ch and 1 dc
  4. 6 ch end with 3 ch and 1 dc
  5. 7 ch end with 3 ch and 1 tr
  6. 8 ch end with 4 ch and 1 tr 
  7. if you make larger chain spaces (10, 12, 20 chains) you end a row with a sc into the first sc and ss to the top of the next ch space
used materials and stitches

for this tutorial i have made a small sized bag (though he reaches my ankles, but i’m only 160 cm)

how to make a mesh bag by elisabeth andrée

  • cotton 8 (that is a basic cotton yarn)
  • 1 skein for the main color, i used lilac
  • and a selection of other colors, no whole skeins necessary
  • crochet hook size 3 mm
  • used stitches (american terms): 
  1. chain = ch
  2. slip stitch = ss
  3. single crochet = sc
  4. double crochet = dc
  5. treble = tr

pattern for the bag

start with a magic ring

  • row 1. 3 ch (= first dc and 1 ch), *1 dc, 1 ch*, repeat between * * until you have 11 dc and 11 ch (= total of 12), ss to 2nd ch addition: this row forms the basis for you bag, but you can make this basis as large as you like. you can use any round pattern small or large and then start with the mesh pattern. a larger round basis creates a rounder shaped bag. the pattern you are reading now creates a little more narrow shape.
  • row 2. 1 ch, 1 sc in the first 1 ch space, *3 ch, 1 sc in the next space*, repeat between * * till second last space,
    see notes about how to start and end every row
  • row 3. 4 ch
  • row 4. 5 ch
  • row 5. 6 ch
  • row 6. 7 ch
  • row 7. 8 ch
  • row 8. 4 ch, *1 sc, 4 ch, 1 sc, 4 ch* repeat between * * in every 8 ch space till end of row


  • row 9 – 12. repeat rows 4 – 7
  • if you like to make your bag wider repeat rows 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • continue crocheting row 7 until the body of your bag has the size you want.


top part of the body

how to make a mesh bag by elisabeth andrée

  • row a. make 5 ch, 2 sc, 5 ch, in every ch space, end the row with 1 sc next to the first sc, ss into first sc
  • row b. no ch but make a sc into the first ch space, make another 4 sc in the same space, 1 sc in next two sc, make 5 sc into all the other spaces and 1 sc in every sc
  • tie off yarn 
  • row c. attach another color, 2 ch, 1 h dc in every sc until end of row, tie of yarn 
  • row d and e. attach another color, 2 ch, 1 h dc in every stitch until end of row, tie of yarn
  • row f. 3 ch (= first h dc and 1 ch), *skip 1 stitch, 1 h dc in next stitch*, repeat between * * till end of row, tie of yarn
  • row g. attach another color into first 1 ch space, 2 ch and 1 h dc in same space, *2 h dc in next 1 ch space*, repeat between * * till end of row, tie of yarn
  • row h and i. attach another color, 2 ch, 1 h dc in every stitch until end of row, tie of yarn


  • measure the width of the top edge of your bag and decide where you would like to have the handles, my handles begin en end 9 cm from each side.
  • to be sure i’ve used row f. as my reference: i counted the spaces between the handles at the front and back side (18 spaces) and i counted the spaces between the handles on both sides (24)


attach main color on a side of your bag
  • row 1. 2 ch, h dc in every stitch until the stitch where you want to start the first handle, make a number of chains until your handle has the length you want, 1 h dc into the stitch where you want to end you first handle, 1 h dc in every stitch until you reach the stitch where you want to begin your second handle, make the same number of chains as for your first handle, 1 h dc into the stitch where you want to end your second handle, h dc in every stitch until end of row, ss to first stitch
  • row 2. 2 ch, 1 h dc in every h dc and every ch, end with ss in first sc
  • row 3. repeat row 2
  • tie of yarn as describes before

attach another color
  • ss in every h dc in the back loops only
  • tie of yarn as describes before
how to make a mesh bag by elisabeth andrée
  • attach another color in the first stitch of the part between the beginning and end of a handle and ss in every stitch in the back loops only until end of row
  • tie of yarn as described before
  • repeat this on the other side of the bag
how to make a mesh bag by elisabeth andrée
  • weave in remaining ends.

your bag is now ready for use!

how to make a mesh bag by elisabeth andrée


72 thoughts on “how to make a mesh bag

  1. Thank you Dilek!

  2. hello elisabethvery very good .thanks

  3. Hello Tracy,Thanks for your kind comment and invitation:)Wish you a lovely weekend!

  4. I’m so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party 🙂

  5. I’m so happy I found your blog through Kara’s linky party today. 🙂 I love it!I’d like to invite you to share your creations sometime at my weekly linking party as well. I am really trying to grow my party to include lots of creative projects just like this one. Thanks for the consideration and here is the direct link. ~ TracyT.G.I.F. Linky Party

  6. Thank you Millers!

  7. The bag turned out great. Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Hello Lisa, Thanks for your kind words:) Happy hooking!

  9. love this bag!! what a lovely site with so many inspiring ideas :)happy hooking!

  10. Hello Meg, You are very kind:) Hope you have a nice day!

  11. Very cute! I love it, so versatile and fun! Great tutorial, too. Thank you!

  12. Hello Laurie, I am glad to read that you like the tutorial and I hope you will give it a try. So I am curious to your own crocheted mesh bag! Thank you for your comment and for hosting!

  13. Hello Lee,Thanks for your very kind words:) I am glad you are happy with the tutorial and I hope you will show me your own mesh bag one day:)

  14. this is so pretty- i’ve been admiring your mesh bags since you started them, and am so happy that you posted a tutorial. 🙂 thank you so much!

  15. So glad you took the time to give these instructions! I am seriously considering picking up the hook again after it being LONG still. Thank you and thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  16. Thank you Ashley! Nice to hear from you, hope you are fine!

  17. Thanks so much for linking up this week! I love this bag! I love crocheting : )

  18. 🙂 Hi Katherine, Do not grow up to fast, please:) Thanks for you nice comment:) Have a great week!

  19. One day when I grow up, giggle. I want to learn how to crochet. This will be one of my first projects. Hugs!

  20. Hello Jill, Always nice to read your comments:) Thanks for hosting again and off course I hope you have a great week as well!

  21. Great tutorial for your lovely bags!!Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a great week!Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  22. Thank you, Laura, for your kind words:) Happy Monday to you too!

  23. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Monday!

  24. Thank you Carol:)

  25. Hello Tonia,Thank you for your compliment and for featuring my bag on you blog. I wanted to post a thank you on your blog, but I do not meet any of the profiles. Therefore, via this way: Thank you! I do appreciate it:) I will put your button at the top of my page with link parties. Wish you a lovely day!

  26. Gorgeous! Love the colors you chose!

  27. Adorable bag! I featured it on my site today. Come check it out if you get a chance.

  28. Hi Limar, Thanks for your enthusiastic comment:) If you make the bag I would love to see the result! Have a nice day.

  29. Hi! LOVE the colours on that bag! 🙂 Thanks so much for the tut, I’m tempted to give it a try 🙂

  30. Thanks Mamimadeit:) And I hope to see the result!

  31. Thanks Tina.

  32. Great tutorial!Have to try this too!

  33. nice stuff

  34. Thank you Debi Y. 🙂

  35. Wow Cindy, that is really very kind of you! 🙂 I love your work too. Thank you and wish you a lovely day.

  36. Hello Jenn,Nice to read your comment:) Hope you give crocheting another try, because it is fun and for me so very relaxing.Have a nice day!

  37. Thank you mary:)

  38. Hi Beth, Thanks for your kind comment and for hosting Fibers on Friday!

  39. Hello Mom Photographer, Nice to hear from you again. Hope you are fine? Thanks for your compliments:) Hope you have a nice day!

  40. Hallo Maaike, Wat leuk om je berichten te lezen:) Gaat het goed met je? Wat een drukke en indrukwekkende tijden maak jij mee, zeg! Dank je wel voor je complimenten en natuurlijk vind ik het geen probleem dat je aandacht besteedt aan mijn tas op jouw prachtige blog. Hoop dat je een fijne zondag hebt, liefs van Andrée

  41. Daar ben ik weer, ik vind het zo’n mooi mooie tas, ik plaats ook een link en wat plaatjes op crejJtion, ik hoop dat je dat geen probleem vindt!liefs van Maaike

  42. Hi E.A., wat een Geweldige tas is dit! Ik ben er echt weg van, gaat zekerweten in mijn lijst van volgende projecten. En ik heb natuurlijk op je gestemd bij Annemarie :-).Fijne zondag, liefs van Maaike

  43. Those bags loos amazing. I need to try to make one. I love your tutorial! thank you for taking your time and showing it step by step.

  44. Wow! Awesome bag and thank you for showing all those steps!! It’s great to have you join Fibers on Friday!

  45. What beautiful colors you chose. Love the bag 🙂

  46. Coming here by way of Pink Saturday. Nice bag. I tried to crochet once. It was suppose to be a winter hat. It kept getting wider and wider. I tore it apart, tried again and never got the hang of it. I love the crocheted fingerless gloves my niece-in-law made for me. Some day … some day … maybe I’ll learn! It looks like so much fun … and makes so many neat things! Thanks, Jenn

  47. Lovely market bag and I especially find the top stitching pattern very beautiful. It adds such a special touch to your bag. I have stumbled it for you on SU.

  48. These mesh bags are great – thanks for sharing your pattern. 🙂

  49. Hello Erin, Thank you for your comment. I like your blog and I saw that you are a crocheter too. Love to see one of your knitted mesh bags. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  50. Lovely Bag! I usually knit string bags to take to Aldi but yours pattern looks much quicker. I bet they would make super Christmas gifts. =)