How To Crochet The Moss Stitch

As an avid crafter the Crochet Moss Stitch is one of my favorite stitch combinations and by far one of the most versatile.  You can find use of the moss stitch technique when working with planned pooling like in the free Patterned Scarf Pattern.  It looks wonderful worked in the round, from corner to corner, in garments afghans and accessories.  This technique is featured in many of our most popular kits like the Chasing Rainbows Blanket, and the Linen Ripple Blanket.  Give the crochet moss stitch a try and explore the possibilities in crochet.

Moss Stitch Pattern


ch(s)        –     chain or chains
ch-1 sp    –     chain 1 space
sc             –      single crochet
beg          –      begin or beginning 
sl              –      slip
sp(s)        –      space(s)
st(s)         –      stitch(es)
rep           –      repeat or repeating rem remain or remaining



Chain an even number of stitches (at least 6 stitches works best)

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc and ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last st, sc in last sc, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in last sc, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 


Step by Step Crochet Moss Stitch Tutorial

Note: When reading the step by step pictures and video tutorials, we write out or demonstrate exactly what is written in the pattern. This is a great way to compare the instructions to how a formal pattern written in order to learn how to read the pattern or to understand patterns with better clarity. 

How to Crochet the Moss Stitch Beginning Chain

Beginning Chain – Chain an even number of chains; this includes the beginning chain in your first row. You want your first row to have an odd number of stitches and an even number of chains. A single crochet will anchor the end of each of your rows to keep the sides of your work neat and tidy. Some tutorials will suggest an even number of single crochets (sc) and chain spaces. However, we find that your single crochets can easily get lost in your row, and you’ll find your work get smaller and smaller as you lose stitches. In this sample, we chained 26 using an I-9 (5.5 mm) hook and Mary Maxim Woodlands Yarn.


Row 1:  Single crochet in the second chain from the hook, * chain 1, then skip the next beginning chain, single crochet in the next beginning chain.  Repeat from the * to the end.  Then turn your work.

How to Crochet the Moss Stitch Row 1
How to crochet the Moss Stitch Row 1
How to Crochet the Moss Stitch Row 2
Row 2 of how to crochet the moss stitch

Row 2:  Chain 1, single crochet in the first single crochet (the same crochet that finished the previous row) and in the first chain 1 space (the chain 1 spaces are the spaces in between the single crochets worked in Row 1), * chain 1, single crochet in the next ch-1 space; repeat from * to the last stitch, single crochet in the last single crochet of the previous row. Then turn your work. 

Row 3:  Chain 1, single crochet in the first single crochet, *chain 1, single crochet in the next chain 1 space; repeat from * across to the last 2 single crochet, chain 1, sip the next single crochet, single crochet in the last single crochet of the previous row.

Row 3 instructions of the Moss Stitch

To continue the moss stitch pattern repeat the instructions in row 2 then row 3 and repeat until you are satisfied in the length of your work.

Crochet Moss Stitch Video Tutorial

Try Planned Pooling with the Crochet Moss Stitch

Download the Free Patterned Scarf

Try These Moss Stitch Kits Next!

Linen Ripple Blanket

This classic ripple is worked in the Moss Stitch, also called the Linen Stitch for a new look. This kit includes your choice of color in Mary Maxim Ultra Mellowspun Yarn. The sample is shown in White/Medium Blue/Dark Blue.

Chasing Rainbows Blanket

Wrap your baby in rainbows. Crochet this blanket featuring a twist on the Moss Stitch in a corner to corner.  The C2C technique really shows off the gorgeous effect of Mary Maxim’s Prism yarn.  This kit includes Mary Maxim Prism Yarn and Baby Value Yarn.

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