Saturday, August 18, 2007

Vintage Mesh Bag

Pattern: Mesh Bag

Source: Gifts and Accessories by Beehive, Book 90. Pattern, p. 20.

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy (dk), Rose 006, Turquoise 008

Content: 41% Cotton, 34% Hemp, 25% Modal

Balls: 50 gm, 160 m (I used 2 and a bit to complete this)

Crochet hook: 3.5 mm (US E, US 4)

I finally made this bag. I have wanted to make it for years. I like how it folds down to fit into its own carrying clutch. My version is one row short on the mesh, but it was getting so large I knew it was time to stop.

I hope to give these colourful bags as gifts. They are sure to help reduce the use of a few plastic bags, and do so in style!

I plan to modify this pattern to use one ball of Hempathy. I am not sure it can be done. If successful, the finished pattern will be posted here. In the mean time you can download the vintage pattern. I believe Gifts and Accessories by Beehive, Book 90 is now in the public domain and therefore I can share. If I find out differently I will remove this link immediately.

Download the pattern for this mesh bag (pdf).


wendy said...

I love this - I have just been knitting the Everlasting Bagstopper from the latest knitty in House of Hemp Expressions. I have a ball and a bit left and may have to see if I can squeeze a small version of this from what I have left...

VR said...

I love this bag! Such a neat little package.

Jan Bode Smiley said...

Love how compact this bag is! Did you use 2 balls of the main color and then a little bit of the accent, or 2 balls total? Thanks!

Jan Smiley

Ruth said...

Hi Jan. Thank you for your comment!
I used 2 and 1/4 balls of hempathy for this project. It would be easy to limit the project to 2 balls - just do about 3-4 less rounds for the mesh. This would still make a good sized bag. My bag is quite large, about the size of a very large grocery bag.

Anonymous said...

I love the mesh bag but I am unable to open the pdf file. I would love to make it but all I get is a blank page. Maybe link is broken?
Terry in Connecticut

Ruth said...

Hi Terry,
I am glad you like the looks of this mesh bag!
I just used the pattern link - it seems to work for me.
If you would like, I would happily email the pattern to you. Just drop me a line at fingersfancy AT inbox DOT com with "[FF]" in the subject line.

Anonymous said...

How did you do your button fastening? It isn't on the original pattern but I love it.

Ruth said...

Thank for your comment! The "button hole" is an extension of the crocheted edge. It is in the middle of the opening made in double crochet, may be about 8 rows, enough to make it to the centre of the circular pocket. Then I made a single chain to make the hole for the button. The button itself was made (if I remember correctly) using the pattern found on the Yarn Forward website ( Another cool crochet pattern for a button is found on CrochetMe at (

Sara said...

This is so cool! I love it... Linking up at Tangled Happy on the 21st. Thanks for sharing this. :)

Anonymous said...

My Mam had one of these when I was growing up, her Gran had made it for her, I was fascinated with it! It was in a lovely soft cream colour and was certainly very handy...

hassam said...

I love this bag! Such a neat little package.