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Quick, Easy Mesh Bag Free Pattern

Directions by Sandi Marshall - Crocheted With Worsted Weight Yarn

Here's a medium size bag that's quick and easy to make, that would have an endless number of possible uses.

This oval mesh bag can be handy as a storage bag for anything that's just large enough to not fall through the mesh holes. It could be used for keeping pieces of a child's game together or storing small plastic children's blocks, just for a few examples.

It could also be handy for a carry-along bag for anyone to have a few things ready to take along in the car. These are just a few examples. There would be many other uses.

Pattern Directions -
Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
ea = each
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st = stitch
sts = stitches

How To Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, wrap thread or yarn over hook, pull thread or yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time. A slip stitch does not add any height and is used to join a chain or stitch to another place in the crochet piece.

Asterisk (*) Repeat Explained

Materials Used In The Example:
Worsted weight yarn with a size G hook
Approximate Finished Size:
Worsted weight yarn with a size G hook - about 8" long

Bag Directions
Starting Chain: Chain 6. Join (with a slip stitch) to form a circle.
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 16 dc into ring, join with slip sitich in top of beginning chain-3.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and first chain-1), dc in first dc, * ch 1, dc in next dc **, repeat from * to ** around, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 3: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) three times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around.
Rnd 4: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) four times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End with ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 5: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) five times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around.
Rnd 6: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) six times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 7: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) seven times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 8: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) eight times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 9: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) nine times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 10: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) ten times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 11: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) eleven times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 12: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) twelve times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnd 13: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) thirteen times, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around. End last repeat with (ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of this round.
Rnds 14 - 16: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp **, repeat from * to ** around, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-4 of round.
To finish: End off. Weave in ends.

Drawstring: There are two different ways to make the drawstring (see below).

Drawstring 1: Make a chain about 27 inches long. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in ea ch across. End off. Weave in ends. Weave finished drawstring through the mesh holes in the top row of the bag, with drawstring woven all the way around and coming back out in the same mesh hole where you started. If you wish, tie the two drawstring ends together, with a knot that's about 1 inch from the ends.

Drawstring 2: Make two chains, each about 15 inches long. In each chain: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in ea ch across. End off. Weave in ends. Start at any ch-1 space on the top row of the bag and weave one drawstring through half of the mesh spaces, leaving a length of drawstring hanging at both ends. Repeat this with the second drawstring on the other half of the bag's top row. On one end, tie the two drawstrings together, with a knot that's about 1 inch in from the ends. Repeat this with the drawstring ends on the other side. This makes a double handle carrying strap for the bag.

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Pattern was inspired by an antique pattern from the year 1919 (the original pattern instructions are now old enough to be in the public domain). Originally published as a Round Lettuce Bag, made with thread (with limited instructions) in the book Royal Society Crochet, Number 13, published in the year 1919. Pattern reworked, changed around, instructions rewritten by and copyright 2003 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only. If others would like to have the pattern, please give them the URL of this page, so that they may come here for themselves. Thank you. Copyright Myths Explained

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