How To Crochet The Moss Stitch – A Step-by-Step Guide!

Learn how to crochet the moss stitch today with the free tutorial below! You may have seen it called the linen stitch, sand stitch, seed stitch and granite stitch, but they are all actually the same crochet stitch.

Whatever you prefer to call the moss stitch, it will always create a beautiful-looking crochet piece every time it is used.

Learning how to crochet a moss stitch is easy to get the hang of because it uses only basic stitches; the single crochets and chain. If you can crochet these two stitches, then you can easily learn a moss stitch in crochet patterns and make a design such as the Jane Blanket.

How to Crochet a Moss Stitch

The moss stitch is alternating stitches of single crochet and chains in a row.

For example, in the first row you would single crochet, skip the next chain and chain one across.

Then in the second row immediately following the pattern would be worked by chaining two, then single crocheting into the chain spaces you made the previous row, skipping a stitch followed by a chain 1.

You’d then follow along with the second row, which is our repeat row for the rest of the pattern, to create an easy crochet moss stitch pattern.

Crochet Stitches in a Moss Stitch

Learn more about these basic crochet stitches used to create a moss stitch below, which are single crochet stitches and chain stitches below.

Single Crochet (sc):

  • Insert hook from front to back in the second chain from the hook or designated stitch
  • Bring the yarn over (YO) the hook and pull the yarn back through the chain (or stitch)  from back to front  (2 loops on hook).
  • YO and pull through both loops on the hook.

Chain Stitch (ch):

A simple crochet stitch that often forms the foundation of what crochet stitches are worked into during projects.

  • Make a slip knot.
  • Insert hook into slip knot point first, bring yarn over the shaft of the hook from back to front and grab it with the throat of the hook.
  • Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto the hook. This movement will make one chain stitch
  • Repeat steps two and three until you have the desired number of stitches for a pattern. One loop will remain on hook.

Let’s Get Started

Follow the step-by-step picture tutorial and written pattern below for a more depth explanation of a crochet moss stitch. After the tutorial, you can find a few free moss stitch patterns, as well as a section about crocheting in the round using a moss stitch.

Scroll on down to learn about how to make the moss stitch in a flat row, as well as find a few free moss stitch patterns as well as how to crochet a moss stitch in the round.

Moss Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Skill Level: Easy

Materials

Crochet Stitches & Abbreviations

  • sc (s) = single crochet (s)
  • ch (s) = chain (s)
  • st (s) = stitch (es)
  • sk = skip
  • rep = repeat

Notes

  • The ch 2 at the beginning of the row counts a st
  • Pattern is in standard US terms
  • Use an even number of chains for your starting (foundation) ch or multiple of 2 to create an even moss stitch pattern.

Moss Stitch Tutorial (Photo)

Step 1

Use a starting ch in an even number. The example shows 16 chs.

Step 2

In the fourth ch from the hook sc.

Step 3

Ch 1

Step 4

*sk 2 chs, sc into the next ch

Step 5

Rep from * across ending with a sc in last ch. End of Row 1

Step 6

Start of Row 2. Turn, ch 2

Step 7

sk first sc from the row before and locate the ch 1 space.

Step 8

1 sc in next ch 1 space

Step 9

*ch 1, sc into the next ch 1 space, rep from * across

Step 10

ch 1, locate the top of the turning ch.

Step 11

Sc into the top of the turning ch. End of Row 2.

Step 12

Rep steps 6-11 to continue for the pattern.

Moss Stitch Tutorial (Written)

Start: Foundation Row: Any even number

Row 1: Sc in the 4th ch from the hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, 1 sc in next ch, rep from * across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk first sc, *1 sc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * across ending with a ch 1 and 1 sc in the turning ch, turn.

Row 3 – ?: Rep row 2.

Moss Stitch “Stitch” Chart

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Techniques & Crochet Patterns using the Moss Stitch

Moss Stitch Crochet Patterns

The crochet moss stitch is good to make quite a bit of different crochet projects like scarves, dishcloths that you want to have a tight-knit like stitch on. Below are a few of my crochet patterns that use the moss stitch.

Jane Crochet Blanket

If you’d love to try this stitch on a bigger scale, the Jane Crochet Blanket is a great project to start with. You can make this in eight different sizes, ranging from a baby to a king-size blanket, to showcase the wonderful texture this stitch pattern creates.

Modern Moss Stitch Throw

This moss stitch blanket is great to use as a cozy throw blanket on a couch. I currently use mine as a blanket for my office, It’s a great accessory for taking naps when I need a break from work. 🙂 Full pattern coming soon.

Moss Stitch Techniques

Moss Stitch Crochet in the Round

You can also use the moss stitch to work in the round as well. This can be done two different ways.

  • The first way to moss stitch in the round is to start with a magic circle and work the moss stitch into the circle to form a square. A full video tutorial can be found on how to crochet the moss stitch in the round on YouTube.
  • The second way to use the moss stitch in the round is to work an even number length foundation chain, exactly like the flat moss stitch tutorial shown above. Instead of turning your work to continue making the stitch pattern, you will join your work to the first ch of the foundation row to create a circle. Learn how to make a moss stitch in the round this way with a video tutorial from YouTube.

More Free Crochet Patterns & Stitch Tutorials