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.
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Although it has several names, I’ve always called this stitch the Moss stitch. It’s a simple stitch to make but 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. This stitch is a great stitch for beginners as it only uses chains and single crochet stitches. You don’t even need to use stitch markers to keep track of the start and end of your rows as you are always working into the turning chain.
I first used the Moss stitch as one of my featured squares in my patchwork blanket crochet along – The 50 Stitches. I’ve used it in every crochet along I’ve done since too. The Moss stitch looks fabulous when made with a single solid colour of yarn, with multicolour yarn and even changing colours in every row. The way the colours mingle together within this stitch just always makes it look fabulous no matter the yarn you choose.
The Moss stitch can be used for pretty much any kind of crochet project. It is such a versatile stitch that you can use it for just about any kind of project you want.
This how to guide is part of Froggity Frog’s Stitch Vault collection. Have you seen all the other stitches in there? You can take a look here all the guides are free to access and maybe you will discover some new stitches to create for yourself.
The yarn I used in this stitch guide is Stylecraft Cotton Classique DK, a 100% cotton yarn. It’s a non mercerised cotton that is lovely and soft, but it can get a bit splitty if you frog it a couple of times. It does makes lovely cosy blankets though and is the yarn that got me hooked on cotton as my fibre of choice. I think I first got a ball of this yarn in a mystery bag I got off ebay, and it was a great yarn discovery for me and I’ve been loving using this yarn ever since.
I also used my trusty Clover Amour hooks which are perfect if you are looking for a good value ergonomic crochet hook that won’t cause your hand to ache if you are crocheting for long periods of time. I’ve tried many different crochet hooks over the years, but I always end up coming back to my trusty Clovers. They just sit so well in my hand and never let me down.
The Moss Stitch Pattern
The stitch guide below is written in US terms
- Ch = Chain
- Chsp = Chain Space
- St = Stitch
- Sc = Single Crochet
Start by making a foundation chain with 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 the 4th chain from your hook make a sc. *chain 1, skip the next chain then make a sc in the next stitch* repeat between *and* until you reach the end of your chain.
Make sure that you keep your tension loose when making your chain 1 between each sc or you will find that the width of your piece will be shorter than you expected.
Row 2. Turn, chain 3 and then make a sc in the first chain space.
*chain 1 and sc in the next chain space* repeat between *and* with the last stitch of the row being a sc which is made in the turning chain of the row below
Repeat row 2 until you have the number of rows that you need for your project. Then you can cut off, weave in your ends and admire your stunning handy work.
How To Add A Border To The Moss Stitch
Your Moss stitch piece will look even more fabulous with a border around it. And a simple stitch like this calls for a simple border. So why not keep to a nice easy single crochet border?
You can add a border to the Moss stitch by making a single crochet in each stitch across the top and bottom edges. For the sides, make 1 sc in the side of all the rows. When you reach the corners you will need to make 3 single crochet to make a nice even round turn.
I used a single crochet border around the square in the picture below. This was one of the squares that I used in my 50 Stitches crochet along.
You can find more free crochet stitch guides here in Froggity Frog’s stitch vault. Come on over to our Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch and show us what you made with the Moss stitch. I’d love to see what you created.
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