Simple stitches like the Moss stitch end up with several names as they’ve been created by several people at similar times. 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 super easy crochet stitch for beginners is only made up of single crochet stitches and chains, with a really easy repeat. It works up quickly without needing to keep track of stitch changes or repeat changes.

Although it’s a simple stitch, the Moss stitch looks stunning when used in multiple colours and even though it’s a traditional stitch, it never fails to look fabulously modern and up to date

The Moss stitch was featured in week 30 of the 50 Stitches crochet along which is a free crochet pattern made up of 50 squares each in a different stitch to create 1 stunning blanket. Find out more about the 50 Stitches here

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.

UK Translation

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

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