What is Crochet Mesh?
Crochet mesh typically describes a type of stitching that creates an “open” appearance and is airy in nature. It’s sometimes referred to as netting. Mesh crochet is a super easy way to make quick, airy, lightweight garments that are especially suitable for summer time!

In this post, I’ll be sharing the different types of mesh stitches, a few garments that incorporate mesh stitching into their design, and tutorials on how to complete different mesh stitches.

(Image source: Delicate Coral Top by Kimberly K. McAlindin for Red Heart)
Pattern link: https://www.loveofknitting.com/articles/Delicate_Coral_Top
One of my favorite all-mesh crochet blouses! So simple and so stylish. I can think of a multitude of ways this could be worn.

Join along as I share a few photo examples of a few different mesh crochet tops, and stay tuned for video tutorials on some of the various mesh stitches at the end of this post.

(Image source: Shoptango2.com)

This one uses simple diamond mesh along with other stitching and a bottom panel of motifs! Add fringe and this baby is perfection.

This is a blouse I’ve favored since last winter! I pinned it for my own inspiration.

The world of “mesh” crochet is filled with options. You have filet-crochet, lace crochet, diamond mesh crochet, and so much more.

Since it’s the middle of summer (and almost too hot to handle) I thought I would focus on some beginner-friendly stitches that you can incorporate into your crochet wear-ables that are suitable for the hot, summer months. Note: Grab some thread! Thick yarn is not summer friendly unless you’re going to be indoors with the AC cranked up so high your leg hairs grow!

Beautiful Diamond Mesh:

“A Tunisian Crochet Diamond Mesh” by Vashtirama.
You can find this on the owner’s Flickr page here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/vashtirama/14357161880/

Another interesting diamond mesh (called “lace” by the instructor, Catalina Stan in the following video tutorial) — possibly the easiest of all to mesh create:

How to crochet a Basic Lace – Crochet Lessons

Written instructions can be found here: https://www.coolorful.com/arts-crafts/crocheting/fancy-stitches/how-to-crochet-the-good-old-lace-stitch/ Social Links: My 2nd vlog channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MORECatalinaStan My Romanian Arts&Crafts channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtaManuala My Arts&Crafts website: https://www.coolorful.com Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CoolorfulDotCom Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catalina.a.stan My Slice of Life blog: https://www.catalinastan.com I am soccially awkward: https://www.wallflowers.ro My Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/coolorful/ My Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/105048108157008577656/posts BEGINNER CROCHET:

Filet Crochet:
The following video, by New Stitch a Day: Knitting and Crochet Video Tutorials shows you how to crochet filet mesh:

How to Crochet the Filet Mesh Stitch

For written instructions and photos please visit: https://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-filet-mesh-stitch/ This video crochet tutorial will help you learn how to crochet the filet mesh stitch. This simple crochet pattern creates a mesh net that is perfect for market bags, and light throws.

Below is one of my absolute favorite mesh stitches because it’s so interesting and fun!
[caption width="300" align="alignnone"] Offset Fishnet Stitch by Robin Beers
(Image source: Crochetspot.com)

Some of my favorite crochet clothing articles consists of open-work crochet. Whether it’s a lacy look, mesh stitching, or just easy open-work, I find that the most beautifully detailed crochet can be created from simple open-stitches like the mesh stitches.

You can even incorporate super-easy mesh stitching alongside other, more complex stitches to create an easier, but intricate design.

Even without additional stitches, a simple diamond mesh top is gorgeous on its own. Take the diamond mesh top below for example…

Another way to incorporate beautiful, complex stitching into a more beginner-friendly, quicker, and easier project is to use one of my favorite techniques and follow a pattern that requires intricate, more difficult stitching (like a lacy pattern) and simply fill some of your rows/rounds with mesh stitching.

I’ve used this technique when I tire of a difficult pattern that requires extensive attention to detail, or when I’m just not fond of the full pattern. You can finish any pattern by simply switching to mesh stitches, creating a lacy half and a mesh half. This typically works beautifully in blouses where the mesh stitching makes up the bottom or top half.

You can also toss in some mesh stitching throughout the pattern as you go. For example, using a few lacy rows and then a mesh row, and so on.

You would be surprised at the many different looks you can come up with by simply mixing and matching and tossing in different types of stitching.

Some of my best projects have come about by doing that very thing — being a little random and just throwing in a row of mesh or simple chains to break up a pattern and make it easier on my hands.

Just take a look at some of the below images that are perfect examples of combining easy mesh stitching with more intricate, lacy looking crochet to create a truly beautiful and seemingly intricate design:

A shell stitch combined with diamond mesh by Crochetingonline.com

Diamond mesh with other broomstick-lace-looking-stiches by Polyvore

Upon first glance, you may even think those shown here require extensive, tedious work, but they’re actually far more simple than you’d think.

What do you think? What are your favorite “mesh” types of stitches? Do you use mesh in your crochet work?

P.S. Stay tuned for my upcoming video tutorial on crocheting the “square mesh stitch!”

3 Comments on Guide to Mesh Crochet + Ideas for Using Mesh in Your Projects

  1. Very cool design (or is it more of a style?)! I used to crochet, but only “closed” stitches and it was a little sloppy. I definitely appreciate the work crocheters put in their art.

    • 🙂 I loved this design/style (whichever) too! It looks so lovely, but I’ve yet to bother attempting this pattern. Haha. I think it would require a thin thread or yarn, not a bulky one and I only have thick/bulky at the moment. :p Hey, my work is often pretty sloppy too. That’s what I love about blocking. Ha. It hides so much of my un-even bits!

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