These small crocheted mesh bags are great for beach combing - they're airy, so everything won't smell rank the next morning and can be made in different colors, making it easier to tell whose bag is whose.
*size 10 cotton crochet thread
*US size 5 steel hook
1. Loosely chain 82. Single crochet in the 9th chain from the hook. *Chain 4, skip 4, single crochet in the next stitch.* Repeat from * until you reach the end of the beginning chain.
2. Chain 4 and single crochet in next chain 4 space. Continue to the end - do this twice in the end chain 4 space.
3. From here on, you'll be working in the round - when you come to the end, you'll just keep on crocheting up the other side instead of turning. At first it won't look like it's working, but keep going and you'll see the bag shape start to appear.
Edit: I've added this drawing to show how you keep working around and around the original chain - you don't join each row at the end like usual.
4. Keep working the same chain 4/sc in next chain 4 space around and around until your bag measures about 9 inches. Make sure you stop at one of the bag's sides. Chain 1, *single crochet in the next single crochet space and put 3 single crochets in the next chain 4 space. Repeat from * all the way around. Connect to the first chain in the row with a slip stitch. Repeat for 5 rows.
5. Slip stitch in the next two stitches - in the photo below I have my thumb by them.
6. To start forming the handle, chain 85. Being careful not to twist the chain, connect to the other side with a slip stitch in the second stitch to the left of the side fold crease.
7. Single crochet in the next stitch, turn and single crochet back across the chain.
8. When you reach the other side, single crochet in the next stitch on the bag.
9. In order to keep the handle from twisting, you'll be making your next stitch back across the handle. Hold the bag as in the photo below - put a single crochet in the first stitch to the left of the handle.
10. Single crochet in the next stitch, turn and single crochet across the handle. Single crochet in the next stitch on the bag.
11. Single crochet in the next stitch on the bag, turn, and single crochet across. Single crochet in the next stitch on the bag, single crochet in the following stitch on the bag, turn and single crochet across. Keep doing this until you have five rows of single crochet on your bag.
Fasten off and head out to the beach!
Happy Creating! Deborah