How to Crochet the Moss Stitch

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The moss stitch is sometimes called the granite stitch or seed stitch. It obscures the obvious pattern of rows when using one color of yarn or a variegated yarn; when using two colors it creates a houndstooth pattern.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn in one or more colors
  • Crochet hook

Single Moss Stitch

  • Make a foundation chain of an odd number of stitches.

  • Turn and single crochet in the third chain. Chain one, skip one chain and single crochet in the next chain. Continue to the end of the chain.

  • Change yard colors if desired.

  • Turn, chain 2 and single crochet in the chain 1 space of the previous row. Chain 1, skip the next stitch and single crochet in the next chain 1 space. Continue to the end of the row.

  • End with a single crochet in the beginning chain 2 of the previous row. Turn, chain 2 and continue in the pattern of step 3.

Double Moss Stitch

  • Make a foundation chain of an odd number of stitches. Turn and single crochet in the third chain. Chain one, skip one chain and single crochet in the next chain. Continue to the end of the chain.

  • Turn, chain 2 and single crochet in the chain 1 space of the previous row. Chain 1, skip the next stitch and single crochet in the next chain 1 space. Continue to the end of the row. Do this twice.

  • Turn and single crochet in the third chain. Chain one, skip one chain and single crochet in the next chain. Continue to the end of the chain.

  • Continue in the same 4-row pattern for the desired length.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the moss stitch is for winter scarves for men. The pattern, combined with "manly" colors, such as earth tones or grays and blacks, makes a very masculine-looking scarf.
  • The moss stitch works very well with different colors to make straight diagonal lines.
  • Knitters can also use the moss stitch in their projects.

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