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How to Crochet the Moss Stitch – A Tutorial

The Crochet Moss Stitch, also known as the Granite Stitch or Linen Stitch, is a beautiful crochet stitch that is a very simple two stitch repeat using single crochet and chains to create a textured, dense, and durable fabric. I love to use the Moss Stitch for washcloths, scarves, towels, and more!

How to Crochet the Moss Stitch

There are two ways to start your fabric when crocheting the Moss Stitch. You can start with a basic chain, or a foundation row. Below, you will find tutorials for both, beginning with the chain stitch.

Starting with a Chain

To begin, create a chain of any even number.

Single Crochet (SC) into the fourth chain from the hook, chain one, skip the next stitch, and single crochet into the following stitch.  Repeat the chain, skip, SC across.  You should end your row with a SC in the last chain.  

Chain 2, and turn your work. This turning chain will create a chain space that you will work into in the next row.

The second row, and beyond will now be worked into the chain spaces of the previous row.  This means that instead of inserting your hook into the stitches, you will insert your hook underneath the chain stitches.  This is what creates the unique, checkerboard look of this stitch.  

SC into the first chain space of the previous row, CH 1, and then SC into the next chain space.  Continue working this across.

Finish the row with a SC in the last chain space, Ch 2, turn your work. Repeat the second row until your fabric is the desired size.

Starting with a Foundation Row

To begin, create a foundation of any even number.

Chain 2

SC into the fourth stitch from the hook (or second stitch of the previous row/foundation row), chain one, skip the next stitch, and single crochet into the following stitch.  Repeat the chain, Sk, SC across.  You should end your row with a SC, in the last stitch of the previous row.  

Chain 2, and turn your work. This turning chain will create a chain space that you will work into in the next row.

The second row, and beyond will now be worked into the chain spaces of the previous row.  This means that instead of inserting your hook into the stitches, you will insert your hook underneath the chain stitches.  This is what creates the unique look of this repeat.  

SC into the first chain space of the previous row, CH 1, and then SC into the next chain space.  Continue working this across.

Finish the row with a SC in the last chain space, Ch 2, turn your work. Repeat row 2 until you reach the desired size for your fabric.

Types of Crochet Moss Stitches

The Moss Stitch is a type of ornamental crochet stitch.  You can create a project using the moss stitch in rows, in the round, like a hat, or in a “from the center” square.  Really, the possibilities are endless!

Ideas for using the Crochet Moss Stitch

When you are ready, try making my Moss Stitch Bookmark to practice! It’s a quick project perfect for practicing!

The Moss Stitch can also be used in a variety of different projects, from home decor to clothing. Here are a few ideas, once you’re comfortable with the stitch.

  • Make a beautiful blanket or cover for a bed
  • Crochet a scarf to keep you warm on those cold winter days
  • Make a travel blanket to take on trips
  • Make a cozy cushion or pillow
  • Make an eye mask or a tie for your hair
  • Crochet a shawl to wear during the cold season
  • Make a hat or ear warmer to keep you warm during the winter months

The Crochet Moss Stitch is a simple yet beautiful stitch, and you may be surprised how much you love it!

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