Learn how to crochet the Moss Stitch – a simple stitch that creates a beautifully textured fabric perfect for your next crochet project.
Today I am sharing the instructions for one of my very favorite crochet stitches – the moss stitch. This stitch goes by many names, and I actually often think of it as the seed stitch because it reminds me of the knitted seed stitch, but moss stitch seems to be the name most commonly used. It is also sometimes called the linen stitch, woven stitch, or granite stitch, but whatever you call it, it is a fabulous stitch you are going to want in your arsenal.
I love this stitch because it is so easy to do (it’s one of those great “mindless” stitches), but still creates some beautiful texture. And because it incorporates chain stitch spaces, it creates a fabric that isn’t too stiff and that can give you a lovely drape while still remaining solid.
Ready to learn how to crochet the moss stitch? Grab your yarn and hook!
Supplies needed for the moss stitch:
- Yarn (You can use any yarn – I used All Things You Wool Blend in Fleece White)
- Crochet Hook (Grab a size appropriate for the yarn you use – I used a 9.00 mm hook)
- Yarn Needle
Please note: I am using American crochet terms in this tutorial.
Crochet the First Row.
Start by chaining any even number of chains. For this sample, I started with 18 chain stitches.
Next, work a single crochet stitch into the fourth chain from the hook.
Then, chain one, skip one chain, and work a single crochet stitch into the next chain.
You should now have a kind of chain 3 loop at the starting end, a single crochet stitch, a chain 1 space, and then another single crochet stitch. Repeat this pattern (chain one, skip one chain, and work a single crochet into the next chain) until you reach the end of the chain. You should end with a single crochet stitch in the last chain.
Crochet the Second Row.
Turn your work so you will go back along the row you just crocheted. Chain 2 and single crochet in to the first chain 1 space.
Chain 1, skip the next single crochet and work a single crochet into the next chain 1 space. Repeat this pattern (chain 1, skip 1 stitch, single crochet in the next chain 1 space) until you reach the end of the row. You will end with a single crochet stitch into the end chain space from the first row (see image below).
You are basically alternating single crochet stitches and chain one spaces, always working the single crochet stitch into the chain one space.
Repeat the Second Row.
Continue crocheting by simply following the instructions for Row 2 until your piece reaches the desired length.
The moss stitch is a great choice for lots of projects. I used this same technique with a All Things You Essential Acrylic to make this pretty little clutch. I just crocheted a long strip of fabric in the moss stitch, folded it in half and sewed up the ends to form the base of the clutch.
The moss stitch is also the stitch I used for in my Tie-Front Crochet Headband. Grab the free crochet headband pattern for right here.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.