How To Crochet: Chain Loop Mesh Stitch

By Robin Beers – 48 Comments
This lacy stitch is a open crochet stitch made with loops of chains. It is very easy to crochet. You just need to know the single crochet stitch. Here is a refresher on that stitch, see the single crochet tutorial. Use this stitch to make an interesting scarf, a pretty table runner, or even a poncho. The photo at the right is a poncho that I made with this stitch using ribbon yarn. You can also use this stitch for a market bag using cotton yarn!

Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo for a left-handed view.

Start with a foundation row of a multiple of 4 chains, plus 2 extra. 
I chained 22 here.

Row 1: Make a single crochet in the 6th chain from the hook.

*Chain 5.


Skip next 3 chains and make 1 sc in the next chain.


Repeat from * to the end of row 1, turn.


Row 2:  **Chain 5.


Make a single crochet in the next 5-ch loop.



Repeat from ** and continue in this pattern across entire row.


Repeat Row 2 until desired length is made.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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  1. Colleen says:

    These tutorials you provide are so helpful–thank you! 🙂

  2. Danielle says:

    This is right on time!!! I’ve been wondering how this stitch was done. Now that I know, I’m gonna try it. Thank you so much :o))

  3. Robin says:

    You’re welcome!!

  4. Allison says:

    What a lovely stitches! I love it! I hope I can try this.

  5. Danette says:

    this stitch is VERY nice…i can’t wait to try it…i like how its shown in the ribbon and regular yarn…any chance you’ll be sharing the poncho pattern? happy crocheting…

  6. Emma says:

    Thank you for this, and all other tutorials, this site has taught me so much.
    I would just like to know if it’s possible to get the name of the yarn used in this tutorial, it’s so pretty.

    • Robin says:

      You’re very welcome, Emma. Glad you are enjoying the site! I do not remember what the yarn was from my tutorial, can you believe it? I know it is worsted yarn in a variegated pastel colors, but I have had it so long in my stash as a remnant from a previous project, that I cannot say the brand name. I also am pretty sure I bought it at Michael’s! I do know that the ribbon yarn for the poncho in the first photo was lionbrand Incredible yarn in Rainbow color!

  7. Emma says:

    Well, it’s really pretty anyway. 🙂 And all the stiches I have learned from here are great, thank you so much for all the work you do here.

  8. cowgrlw says:

    Another beautiful new stitch to try! Thank you so much for your tutorials, Robin. I really love learning from you ladies! Love the yarn colours, too! So colourful — cheerful and spring-like! : D

  9. Jeanette says:

    Thank you Robin. I have a market bag made with this stitch and was wondering how to create a copy! I am like Danette above and would love to see the pattern for the poncho, please?
    Many thanks for this wonderful site! Jeanette

  10. Robin says:

    Here’s the link to the pattern book, Danette and Jeanette:
    It is the second pattern in the book – Variegated Ribbon Poncho.

    And if you want to buy the already made poncho – I have it for sale on my website:


  11. Valerie says:

    Do you have any ideas for a market bag using this stitch?

  12. Robin says:

    Valerie, here’s a link to the pattern info for the market bag

  13. Rene says:

    I just made a beautiful orange shawl using this stitch! Will take some pics of it

  14. pmhenry says:

    This would make a nice necklace in any colors you choose as well as the variegated. I love it. With my old neck, I prefer very light weight necklaces that look airy and soft. Thank you.

  15. bella says:

    i love the yarn u use here!!! awesome job!!

  16. Robin says:

    Thanks, Bella!

  17. Jean says:

    I plan to use this stitch to make a light weight baby blankie for preemie’s
    here in FL we cannot use heavyweight stuff

  18. Rene says:

    I am using this stitch to make a sarong for my daughter’s Miami trip. Hopefully the link will post I’m using an egyptian cotton and boy is it difficult to work with, but the colors are so vivid!

    Here is the stitch a bit more open:

  19. Robin says:

    Wow Rene, Gorgeous work! I love the colors of that yarn!

  20. Squirrely Girly says:

    Is there any way to work this in the round? I want to make a pointe shoe bag for this summer, and it needs to have smaller stitches. Any ideas? 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Sure! Try starting out with a ring you make with a few chains, then make some of these loop stitches into it so that you make a circle and you’re working in the round. When you get back to the beginning of the round, make your stitches in the loop stitches on the previous round. If you want to increase, just make more than one loop stitch into a loop stitch on the previous round. Have fun and experiment!

  21. Kathy says:

    Can you explain how to do the ends to keep them straight? there has to be a way to anchor each end.

  22. Leihani says:

    Tried this stitch using other websites and u have explained it the best. Thank you

  23. ankita says:

    i ll try this its beautiful

  24. Mackenzie says:

    How do I make this stitch in a long triangle shawl shape?

  25. Mackenzie says:

    Actually a ponchos… not like a water type but like a crochet “ponchos”.

  26. Georgenia says:

    Do you have a free pattern for the poncho? I made one years ago but have since lost the pattern. Thanks for your help.

  27. Twen says:

    Hi robin,
    How do I do turning at the end of each row when I want to do multi layers of chain.


    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Twen, at the start of row 2 (and in each row after row 1), you’ll start by chaining 5, then turning your work to work across the row you already made. If you look at the photo at the start of row 2, it may help you get an idea of what to do.

  28. Shannon says:

    i was wondering how i could make this in a triangle shape im new to crocheting and dont know where to place decreases to accomplish that…

  29. Natalie says:

    Thanks so much Rachel for the fishnet pattern. I really appreciate you sharing this pattern. I had forgotten how to do this pattern and your tutorial is very helpful. Also, I would like to turn this pattern into a shawl. How many foundation stitches do you recommend for a fishnet shawl? Thanks again and look forward to your response.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Natalie,
      It really depends on the hook and yarn size you use, and your gauge. I would suggest making the foundation as long as you want your shawl to be.

  30. Paula says:

    Hi there, So I can do this in square, but I tried in circle and it just started curling up. I don’t know the short hand talk of crochet still a very early beginner. How would I be able to do this stitch in a round circle without it curling up as I go bigger.
    Would really appreciate your assistance.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Paula! You would have to add increases as you go. This tutorial doesn’t cover increases, but the number of increases would depend on the number of stitches you start with. To make a increase you will make more than 1 stitch into one stitch.
      We do have some patterns on the site that use a similar stitch in the round if you wanted to try it, like this hat: Mesh Lace Beanie

      • Paula says:

        Thanks Rachel, but I need to have it flat… so I can put it on a table…

        But I must admit that I absolutely love this stitch… so each and fun to do.

  31. Yolanda says:

    What size hook did you used in this diamond mesh scarf?

  32. luci says:

    the ribbon used is from “lion brand yarn” and the name of it is “incredible” , lable says ” a ribbon yard for knitting and crocheting”.

  33. How would you make this into a market bag? Simple enough since I have a ton of cotton yarn and would love to make it into a market bag. E 🙂

  34. sumankala says:

    How to make an increase if I want to make a skirt?

  35. sumankala says:

    lovely and easier also.

  36. B says:

    Hiya! Thanks so much for this pattern!
    How would I go about increasing/decreasing the stitch? Sorry if this has been asked already, my phone won’t allow me to view comments!

  37. Gershelda says:

    Doing this now in Caron Simply Soft in soft blue
    And orchid. So far, its turning out wonderful.

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