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Single Crochet Mesh Stitch

An Easy, Beginner-Friendly Crochet Stitch

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These free instructions will help you learn how to do the single crochet mesh stitch. This is an easy stitch requiring knowledge of only two basic crochet stitches, the single crochet and the chain stitch.
Single Crochet Mesh Stitch

Single Crochet Mesh Stitch -- This Stitch Is Comprised of Alternating Chains and Single Crochet Stitches.

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Instructions for How to Do the Single Crochet Mesh Stitch:

Multiple Of: This stitch is a multiple of 2 + 1. When you crochet your foundation chain, make sure that the number of chains you crochet works with that starting chain formula. When you are deciding how many chains you want to crochet, simply choose a number that is a multiple of two, and then add one stitch to that. You need that extra stitch to ensure that the sides of your piece will turn out right.

Want to double check whether your starting chain will work or not? It's easy. Take the number of chains you've decided on; subtract one stitch, then divide the remaining number by two. If you have a whole number, it will work. If you have a fraction, it won't.

Abbreviations:

Crochet your starting chain.

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook. [Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets all the way across the row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in 1st sc, skip 1st ch, [sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets all the way across the row. End the row with a sc in the last st. I found that I was able to achieve straighter edges when crocheting my last stitch into the turning chain instead of crocheting it into the last sc st. You can do it either way, but whichever way you choose, be sure to be consistent. Ch 1, turn.

Rep row 2 until the piece is the size you want it to be.

Make a Project Using the Single Crochet Mesh Stitch:

Easy Single Crochet Mesh Dishcloth: This dishcloth could also be used as a washcloth if you prefer. Whether you want to wash your dishes, your face or any other surface, this cloth is a great way to do it. You combine the benefits of a slightly abrasive crochet stitch with the softness of a gorgeous cotton yarn, and the result is wonderful either way.

Similar Crochet Stitches:

This stitch is similar to the moss stitch, also known as the granite stitch. The biggest difference between the two stitches: the spot where you place your single crochet stitches. In this version, you place your single crochet stitches into the single crochet stitches in the row below. In the moss stitch / granite stitch, you work your single crochet stitches into the chain-1 spaces in the row below. This subtle difference does have an effect on how the finished fabric looks.

This stitch is also similar to double crochet mesh, however, the rows are much shorter, and there are fewer chains in between the stitches.

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