Most of the Beach Backpack is made of mesh, so today we’re going to make a mesh square. This is only a sample, not the actual backpack, so if you feel confident you can skip onto the next lesson. But if you’ve never made mesh before you might like to try this little experiment.
Let’s start by looking at the chart and the finished square side by side:
To start, make a foundation chain of 17 chain (ch) stitches like this.
For the next row do two chain as turning ch and put a half double crochet (hdc) into the third ch from hook.
Now hdc into each of the 16 foundation ch left like this.
Turn your work, and make 2 ch, then 1 hdc into the last hdc in the previous row. Follow this with 4 ch. Skip 2 hdcs on the previous row and single crochet (sc) into the next one like this.
You have now started the mesh pattern. Keep going by crocheting 4 more ch, skipping 2 hdc and sc into next hdc after that, and repeating this pattern until you get to the end of the row. You should have one hdc left over, put a hdc in it. It should look like this.
To do the next line of mesh start with 2 turning ch, 1hdc, 4 ch, 1sc into space.
Then repeat (4 ch, 1 sc into space) 4 more times to make 5 mesh holes in the row.
Work back and forth copying this last line until you have done at least 8 rows, more if you still aren’t confident.
I bet it’s looking woofing marvelous now! Good work. Next lesson we start the backpack itself.
Until next time…. Woof!