The moss stitch is a beautiful variation to the traditional series of single, half double, and double crochet stitches. It is not difficult for beginners to learn, and can be used to make blankets, scarves, gloves, headbands and so much more. It can be made straight edged or in the round as well, making it versatile for different projects.
- Crochet hook (appropriate size for your chosen yarn)
- Yarn of your choice
- Tapestry needle (optional for weaving in ends)
Start with a Foundation Chain
- Begin by making a foundation chain of an even number of stitches. This will determine the width of your project. For practice, you can start with around 20 chains.
Prepare the First Row
- In the second chain from the hook, insert your hook and pull up a loop.
- Skip the next chain and single crochet (sc) into the next chain. This means you will insert your hook into the chain, yarn over, pull up a loop, and then yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
- Chain one, skip one chain, single crochet into the next chain – Repeat this pattern across the row until you reach the end.
Begin the Moss Stitch Pattern
- Chain one and turn your work.
- In the first single crochet stitch of the previous row (the one right below the chain space), single crochet.
- Chain one, skip one chain space, single crochet into the next single crochet stitch – Repeat this pattern across the row until you reach the end.
- Repeat Step 4 for as many rows as you desire, always chaining one at the beginning and single crocheting into the single crochet stitches from the previous row.
- To finish your project, fasten off your yarn by cutting it, leaving a tail. Pull the tail through the last loop on your hook and pull tight to secure it.
- Weave in any loose ends using a tapestry needle to ensure your work looks neat and tidy.
Congratulations! You’ve completed the moss stitch. You can continue practicing this stitch to create beautiful textured patterns. Remember to experiment with different yarn colours and weights to achieve the desired effect.