If you are looking for an easy stitch technique to learn, then you are going to love the crochet moss stitch! This stitch is a cinch to learn and perfect for projects like cozy blankets, stylish scarves, dishcloths, and coasters as well.
What is the Moss Stitch?
The Moss Stitch is a simple crochet stitch that’s perfect for both beginners and seasoned crocheters. Comprising mainly of single crochets and chain spaces, this stitch creates a beautifully textured, yet dense fabric that’s ideal for various projects.
Learn more below about both of the easy crochet stitches that create the texture of the moss stitch.
A chain space (often abbreviated as “ch-sp”) in crochet refers to the hole or gap that is created when you make a chain stitch and then skip a stitch before continuing with the pattern. These chain spaces are important for various patterns and designs, such as the Moss Stitch.
When a pattern instructs you to crochet “into the chain space,” it means you insert your hook into that gap or hole rather than into a specific stitch. Chain spaces are frequently used to create texture, lacework, and even structural elements in crochet projects. They’re an easy way to add visual interest to your work!
A single crochet (abbreviated as “sc”) is one of the most basic and commonly used stitches in crochet. It’s a compact stitch that creates a tight, dense fabric, making it ideal for projects that require a firmer texture. To make a single crochet:
- Insert your hook into the stitch or space where you want to place the single crochet.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop. You’ll have two loops on your hook.
- Yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.
You’ve completed a single crochet. It’s the building block for many patterns and stitches, including variations like the Moss Stitch.
- Other Abbreviations used: Rep: Repeat, Sk: Skip, Sts: Stitch (es)
The Moss Stitch goes by a few different names depending on the region or the crochet community you’re a part of. Here are some other names it’s known by:
- Granite Stitch
- Linen Stitch
- Woven Stitch
- Seed Stitch (Note: In knitting, Seed Stitch is something entirely different)
Yep, it’s got a few aliases, but regardless of what you call it, it’s a fun stitch to add to your crochet toolbox.
Moss Stitch in the Round
Yep! You can crochet the Moss Stitch in the round! It’s a great option for projects like hats, bags, or even coasters. The basic idea is the same as working in rows, but you’ll be joining at the end of each round and working in a continuous circle. Just make sure to start with an even number of stitches to keep the pattern consistent.
Join each round with a slip stitch and start anew, aligning your single crochets and chain spaces as you go. It’s a fun variation that opens up even more project possibilities
Tips for Crocheting the Moss Stitch
- Keep Consistent Tension: Consistency is key for a clean, even look.
- Color Play: Try out color changes at the end of rows for a snazzy stripe effect.
- Swatch it Up: For big projects, always make a gauge swatch to get your yarn amounts right.
- Yarn of choice: I used Lion Brand Heartland Yarn #4 Weight
- Crochet Hook suitable for your yarn: Check the label for the crochet hook size it calls for.
- Stitch markers (optional, but handy): These can be used to mark the beginning and end of stitches if you need some extra guidance.
Moss Stitch Crochet Project Ideas
- Blankets: Create a snuggly blanket with a bigger foundation chain.
- Scarves: A Moss Stitch scarf makes for a warm but not too bulky winter accessory.
- Dishcloths: Use cotton yarn for a dishcloth that’s both absorbent and quick-drying.
- Coasters: Create a set of coasters using the moss stitch with cotton yarn.
Crochet Moss Stitch
- This stitch tutorial is written in US standard crochet terms.
- Stitch Abbreviation: Moss St
Looking for a simple yet stylish crochet stitch? Meet the Moss Stitch, a go-to crochet pattern that’s perfect for beginners and pros alike. It’s great for blankets, scarves, and more! Learn all about the moss stitch crochet below!
- Ch an even number of sts. Let’s go with 10 for a small swatch.
- Sc in the 4th ch from the hook.
- Ch 1, sk the next ch, and then sc in the following ch
- Rep step 3 across the rest of the foundation ch.
- Turn your work.
- Chain 2. This acts as your first sc and chain space (ch-sp).
- Skip the next st.
- Sc into the ch-sp. Shown with the yarn needle.
- Ch 1.
- Sk the next st.
- Rep steps 4-6 until you reach the end of the row.
- The last sc will be worked in the sp between the ch 2 turning space.
Row 2 and Beyond
- Turn your work.
- Ch 2. Again, this is your first sc and ch sp.
- Single crochet (sc) into the next ch-sp.
- Ch 1.
- Sk the next st.
- Sc into the following ch-sp.
- Rep steps 4-6 to the end.
The Crochet Moss Stitch Gallery
Here are a number of detail photos that should help you understand the Crochet Moss Stitch a little better. My stitch tutorials aim to be as complete as possible to help you learn as easily as you can. I attempt to include both right- and left-hand photos, different yarn weights, and even a swatch diagram when I find the time to make one up! I hope these extra images help you learn the crochet moss stitch a little easier!
The Stitch Diagram
This diagram is a symbol representation for how we created the swatch in the above tutorial. The symbol definition explains how the swatch is worked from the right side (right handed).
In Various Yarn Weights
In order to show the greatest detail of the crochet moss stitch, I wanted to crochet up a swatch in varying yarn weights. Here are some of the samples:
And that’s it, folks! Now you’ve got all the steps and tips you need to master the crochet Moss Stitch. Grab your hooks and yarn, and get crafting!