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Learn to Crochet: The Moss Stitch

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The Moss Stitch is also known as the Linen Stitch, the Granite Stitch or the Woven Stitch. I believe it’s most common name is the Moss Stitch – or at least that’s what I was taught to call it when I was learning how to crochet. So, that’s what we’re calling this beautiful crochet stitch and what you’ll be learning today. 

About the Moss Stitch

Learn how to crochet the moss stitch or linen stitch by The Birch Cottage

To make the Moss Stitch, use whichever crochet hook matches your yarn.  In this crochet tutorial, I’m using my ergonomic wooden crochet hook that my husband made for me. By the way, you can find his work on Etsy at Woodcrafts by Lenny and on Instagram. It’d totally make his day if you followed him on Instagram!

Learn to crochet the moss stitch by The Birch Cottage

The Moss Stitch is not only beautiful, but it’s really easy to learn and fast to crochet. It’s literally comprised of a series of single crochet and chain stitches. Sounds easy, right? That’s because it is just that simple!

Crochet Moss Stitch Video Tutorial

If you’re like me, it helps to have some sort of visual instruction. That’s exactly why I’ve created this video. If you watch the video and you still have questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about the Moss Stitch or crocheting in general. If you prefer written instructions, just keep reading. 

Crochet the Moss Stitch

Learn how to crochet the moss stitch or linen stitch by The Birch Cottage

As you’ll quickly discover, the Moss Stitch creates a beautiful kind of woven effect with the way the yarn kind of dips down into the previous row. To start the Moss Stitch, you’ll want to crochet an even number of chains as wide as your pattern calls for or as wide as you’d like. Just be sure to end on an even number of chains.

Learn how to crochet the moss stitch

For the first round, skip the first three chain stitches and single crochet into the fourth.  Then you will chain one, skip the next chain and single crochet into the next chain. Repeat the skip one chain, single crochet, chain one to the end of the row, ending with a single crochet in the last chain.

To start a new row, chain two and turn your work.  You’ll be working into the chain spaces of the previous row, keep up the pattern of single crochet, chain, single crochet, chain; placing the single crochets into the chain spaces from the previous row. When you reach the end of the row, place your last single crochet into the chain space you used to begin that row.

A written pattern for the Moss Stitch would look like this:

Foundation Chain: Chain an even number of stitches.
Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from hk. *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next* repeat to end. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Sc in next ch sp. *ch 1, sc in next ch sp* repeat to end, ending with a sc in the ch sp from the previous row.

I just love this Moss Stitch, not only because it works up so quickly, but because it creates such a lovely woven looking stitch pattern. In fact, I’ve been crocheting up a storm making dish towels for Christmas gifts. I’ll be sharing that tutorial with you soon!

Crochet Moss Stitch by The Birch Cottage

So, what will you crochet with the Moss Stitch? I’d love to hear about it. Just let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have a favorite crochet stitch, I’d love to know!

Til next time…

Pam from The Birch Cottage



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