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Double Crochet Mesh Stitch

Double crochet mesh stitch is an easy openwork stitch pattern that is the basis for many designs. It’s a light and airy fabric that works for all seasons and all yarns. In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate the most common version of this popular crochet stitch pattern.

Swatch made in orange yarn of in-progress double crochet mesh stitch, showing placement of markers

Double Crochet Mesh Stitch Pattern

Closeup of Double Crochet Mesh Stitch in a variegated yarn in brown and gold tones

Double crochet mesh stitch comes in many variations, but the most common is a grid of stacked double crochet stitches separated by a chain-1 space. It’s an easy pattern for beginners and a perfect way to start “reading” your stitches as you work.

And I’m giving you lots of ways to learn: follow the crochet symbol diagram, the written instructions with step-by-step photos, or the video tutorial at the end of the post. Or use all three together!

Sometimes beginners get confused when trying to place the last stitch of each row in this pattern. That’s why I suggest using stitch markers! Grab a couple of removable stitch markers (or scraps of yarn, or safety pins or whatever), and we’ll use them to mark those important stitches!

You can use any yarn and a hook in a size appropriate for your yarn. In this sample I’m using worsted-weight yarn (CYC #4 medium weight) and a size J-10 (6 mm) crochet hook.

The Double Crochet Mesh Stitch pattern is below, written in American crochet terminology.


ch: chain
dc: double crochet
rep: repeat
st(s): stitch(es)

Double Crochet Mesh Pattern Instructions

Crochet symbol chart for double crochet mesh stitch
stitch key for double crochet mesh chart
closeup of where to put the first marker, in the 2nd chain from the hook

Chain a multiple of 2 stitches plus 4. In this example I chained 14 stitches.

Place a marker in the 2nd ch from the hook to indicate the top of the turning chain. Leave it there until the end of Row 2. If you are confident that you can find the top of the turning chain at the end of the next row, you can omit the markers, but I find them helpful for learning the stitch pattern. After a while, you’ll start to recognize where to put the hook at the end of each row, and you can ignore the stitch markers.

closeup of how to find hte 6th chain from the hook

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 6th ch from hook (skipped chains count as ch-1 space, 1 dc, 1 skipped ch), *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch; rep from * across, turn.

closeup of where to put the first double crochet of Row 2

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), place a marker in the 2nd ch from the hook to indicate top of turning chain, *skip next ch-1 space, dc in next dc; rep from * across, placing the last dc in the marked st from the previous row, remove that marker, turn.

Because that chain-4 counts as a double crochet and a chain 1, you don’t work into the stitch at the base of the chain, because the chain-3 “double crochet” is already a stitch there. For more on how turning chains work, see Where to Put the First Stitch of a Crochet Row.

closeup of where to put the last double crochet of Row 2

Remember that first marker you placed? Now it’s hanging out at the end of this row, showing you where to put the last double crochet! Once you work that final double crochet of the row, you can remove the marker and use it when you start the next row.

Repeat Row 2 for Mesh Stitch pattern.

Double Crochet Mesh Stitch Tutorial

What will you make?

How will you use Double Crochet Mesh Stitch? How about trying the same stitch pattern using half double crochet or treble crochet? What do you think of those results?

Share in the comments! And don’t forget to pin this stitch pattern so you can find it later!

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