The moss stitch is a beautiful beginner-friendly crochet stitch pattern.
If I had to choose a favorite stitch, the moss stitch would definitely be at the top of the list. This stitch very easy using only single crochet and chains. The almost mesh pattern in the moss stitch leaves the fabric with a beautiful drape while still looking solid.
If you think the moss stitch looks like the linen stitch and granite stitch, you are correct. The moss, linen and granite stitch are all names for the stitch I will show you below.
Two ways to Do the Moss Stitch
Below, I will provide you with two different patterns for sample swatches. One pattern requires a two-row repeat, with the other is just a one-row repeat. The big difference is the stitch count for each row.
I am providing instructions for both an odd and even stitch count. Why would you want to know both? Well, if you are making a blanket with a certain border you may need to have an odd or even stitch count. The moss stitch can be used in both situations, just with a little tweaking of your pattern.
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Stripes and the Moss Stitch
The moss stitch is the perfect stitch for crocheting stripes. Depending on the stripe pattern you can come up with some really interesting looking crochet projects.
Here are a few examples of stripe patterns I came up with using the moss stitch. The downfall is that most stripe patterns use a lot on single stripes and that means a lot of ends to weave in, but the end result is so beautiful that I think it is worth the effort.
The instructions for these stripe patterns and the one shown above are listed below the stitch sample swatch patterns.
Moss Stitch Crochet Patterns
As I said, the moss stitch is one of my favorites to work with. Even though it uses single crochet, it works up surprisingly fast because you are working into a chain space instead of a stitch.
I have several patterns on the blog using the moss stitch, including the Woodland Hooded Scarf, the 2-hour or less Beanie, and my new Simple Stripes Blanket.
Below you will find the Video tutorial for the moss stitch. If you like my videos make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
How to Crochet the Moss Stitch
-We will be making a sample swatch that is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. I am using worsted weight yarn with a size I, 5.5mm, crochet hook.
-I like to start all my projects with a foundation row of basic stitches. Below we will work a row of Single Crochet before starting our pattern. This row is optional.
Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
SKST – Skip Stitch
Even Count Moss Stitch Sample
CH11 (or any odd numbers of chains.)
Alternative Start: Work any even number of single crochet foundation stitches. (Foundation stitches will act as you starting chain and Row 1.)
Row 1: SC into the 2nd CH from the hook and every CH across.
Row 2: CH1, SC into first ST, *CH1, Skip next ST, SC into next ST.* Repeat from *to* until you only have one ST left. SC into the last ST.
Row 3: CH1, SC into first ST. *CH1, Skip next ST, SC into CH1 space,* repeat from *to* until you only have 1 ST left. SC into the last ST.
Continue repeating Row 3 until your project is as long as you want it. I like to finish my project with a row of single crochet. The pattern for that is below.
Finishing row: CH1, SC into first 2 STs, *SC into CH1 space, SC into next ST* repeat from *to* until there is 1 ST left. SC into the last ST. Fasten Off.
Odd Count Moss Stitch Sample
CH12 (or any even numbers of chains.)
Alternative Start: Work any odd number of single crochet foundation stitches. (Foundation stitches will act as you starting chain and Row 1.)
Row 1: SC into 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across.
Row 2: CH1, turn, SC into first ST, *CH1, Skip next ST, SC into next ST* repeat from *to * until you reach the end of the row.
Row 3: CH1, turn, SC into first ST, SC into CH1 space, *CH1, Skip next ST, SC into CH1 Space,* repeat from *to* until you have one ST left. Sc into the last ST.
Row 4: CH1, turn, SC into first ST. *CH1, Skip next ST, SC into CH1 space,* repeat until you have 2 STS left. CH1, Skip next ST. SC into last ST.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until your project is as long as you would like it to be. I like to finish off my projects with a row of single crochet to make them look nice and finished.
Other Crochet Stitch Tutorials
Want to learn more new stitch tutorials? Check out all my crochet tutorials and free crochet patterns. Here are some more crochet stitches I think you will like.
Moss Stitch Stripe Pattern 1
This stripe pattern uses 4 colors and alternates the color each row.
Stripe Pattern 1:
Row 2 – Pink
Row 3 – Yellow
Row 4 – Green
Row 5 – White
Then you just repeat that pattern over and over again. I just love how with stripe looks, but it does require a lot of weaving in ends.
Moss Stitch Stripe Pattern 2
This pattern is a favorite for those who don’t want to weave in ends. By working each color for two rows you will start and end that color on the same side and be able to carry your yarn up the side of your work.
Stripe Pattern 2:
Row 2 – Grey
Row 3 – Grey
Row 4 – Yellow
Row 5 – Yellow
Row 6 – White
Row 7 – White
Then just repeat the pattern for your project.
Moss Stitch Stripe Pattern 3
This stripe pattern creates an ombre look by alternating rows of two colors in between larger sections worked in only one color.
Stripe Pattern 3:
Row 1-5 – White
Row 6 – Pink
Row 7 – White
Row 8 – Pink
Row 9 – White
Row 10-14 – Pink
Depending on how much of the blended section is worked will determine how many ends you have to weave in. I think this moss stitch pattern makes a stunning blanket or scarf.
Moss Stitch Stripe Pattern 4
This stripe pattern makes your project look like it has dots all over it. This creates a lot of interest in a blanket or scarf.
Stripe Pattern 4:
Row 1-2 – Blue
Row 3 – Yellow
Row 4-5 – Blue
Row 6 – Pink
Just continue repeating rows 1-6 or add more colors to make an interesting dotted pattern. If you like this stitch make sure to keep an eye out for the moss stitch border tutorial.
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