The Moss stitch is also known as the Linen stitch and the Granite stitch. It creates an interlocking pattern that is quick and easy to work up and is an ideal stitch for beginners to try their hands at.
This stitch featured in week 30 of the 50 Stitches crochet along
This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
Single crochet (sc) = Double crochet
The Moss Stitch Pattern
Start by chaining an even number of stitches, plus 2 chains for your turning chain. So if you want to have 40 stitches in each row, you would start with a foundation chain of 42
Row 1. In 4th chain from your hook make a sc. *chain 1, skip a stitch then sc in the next stitch* repeat between *and*
Keep your chain between each sc loose or you will find that the width of your piece will be shorter than you expected.
Row 2. Chain 3 and sc in the first chain space.
*chain 1 and sc in the next chain space* repeat between *and* with the last stitch being a sc made in the turning chain of the row below
Repeat row 2 until you reach the number of rows you need.
How To Add A Border To The Moss Stitch
You can add a border to the Moss stitch by making a single crochet in each stitch across the top and bottom
For the sides, make 1 sc in the side of all rows.
For the corners add an extra sc at the end of the row at the top and bottom for the turn
You can find more guides to other crochet stitches in the Stitch Vault here