How to Moss Stitch Crochet/Linen Stitch

Last Updated on December 2, 2023

Crocheting is a versatile and rewarding craft, and one stitch that stands out for its simplicity and elegance is the Moss Stitch, also known as the Linen Stitch.

Here, we’ll walk through the step-by-step process of creating this beautiful stitch, which yields a flat, dense texture that looks stunning in solid colors, color-changing rows, or variegated yarns.

How to Moss Stitch Crochet


  • Master the Moss Stitch for a simple yet elegant crochet texture that suits a range of projects.
  • Play with solid hues, color changes, or variegated yarns to personalize your Moss Stitch creations.
  • Beginner Friendly: Perfect for all skill levels, the Moss Stitch’s straightforward pattern delivers impressive results effortlessly.
  • Learn the art of seamless color changes, adding a touch of finesse to your finished pieces.
  • Whether you’re a novice or expert, the Moss Stitch unlocks endless options for crafting charming scarves, blankets, and more.

How to Moss Stitch Crochet

How to Moss Stitch Crochet

With this easy step-by-step guide, learn to crochet the Moss Stitch or the Linen Stitch. Create a beautiful, flat texture by chaining in multiples of two, and customize your project with solid colors, color changes, or variegated yarns.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, the Moss Stitch is a must-learn technique for enhancing your repertoire.

Materials Needed

Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s gather our materials:

Step by Step

Now, let’s get started!

Step 1: Creating the Foundation Chain

Creating the Foundation Chain
Creating the Foundation Chain

To begin, place a slip knot onto your crochet hook.

The Moss Stitch has a pattern multiple of two, meaning you’ll chain in multiples of two for the width of your project.

For a small sample, chain 16. Remember, this stitch looks great in various yarn colors and works well for both small and large projects.

Step 2: First Row – Foundation Row

Foundation Row
Foundation Row

Start working into the fourth chain from the hook, excluding the loop on the hook.

This loop does not count as anything. Single crochet into the fourth chain, chain one, skip a chain, and single crochet into the next.

Repeat this pattern—chain one, skip a chain, single crochet—across the entire row.

If you change color at the end of the row, follow the instructions, ensuring you leave long tails for weaving in later.

Step 3: Pattern Repeat Row

Pattern Repeat Row
Pattern Repeat Row

Row two is the pattern repeat row, and you’ll continue repeating it until your project reaches the desired size.

Chain two and turn your work. Single crochet into the chain one space between your stitches from the row below, chain one, skip a stitch, and single crochet into the next chain one space.

Repeat this pattern across the row.

When reaching the end of the row, chain one and end with a single crochet into the chain two space at the very end. If changing color, follow the instructions provided.

Step 4: Repeat and Finish

reach the final row
reach the final row

Continue repeating row two for as long as you want your project to be.

When you reach the final row, and your project is the desired size, chain one, cut the yarn, leave a tail for weaving in, and pull it through. Tighten the knot, and your Moss Stitch project is complete.


Can I use any type of yarn for the Moss Stitch?

Yes, you can use any type of yarn for the Moss Stitch. It works well with various yarn weights and textures, allowing you to create diverse projects based on your preferences.

Is the Moss Stitch suitable for beginners?

The Moss Stitch is relatively easy to learn, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Once you’ve mastered the basic stitches, you can create beautiful, textured projects with this versatile technique.

How do I change colors in the Moss Stitch?

Changing colors in the Moss Stitch is simple. Chain one at the end of a row and complete the last single crochet with the new color. Cut the old yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in, and pull the new color through the loops on the hook.  

Can I make adjustments to the width of my Moss Stitch project?

Yes, you can easily adjust the width of your Moss Stitch project by chaining in multiples of two. The pattern multiple is two, so chain more or fewer stitches depending on your desired width.

What makes the Moss Stitch ideal for color-changing projects?

The Moss Stitch’s simple yet elegant pattern makes it ideal for showcasing color changes. Whether changing colors in every row or in a specific pattern, the stitch creates a visually appealing texture that enhances the beauty of color transitions.

How do I weave in the ends for a neat finish?

To weave in ends, use a yarn needle to thread the yarn tails through the stitches on the wrong side of your project. Weave the ends in different directions to secure them.

Can the Moss Stitch be used for projects other than blankets?

Absolutely! While the Moss Stitch is popular for blankets, it’s versatile enough for various projects such as scarves, dishcloths, and garments.

What should I do if I lose track of my stitch count?

If you lose track, count the stitches in each row to identify any discrepancies. The pattern repeat involves single crocheting into chain spaces, making it easy to spot mistakes.


The Moss Stitch, with its simplicity and versatility, is a fantastic addition to your crochet skills. Whether you’re creating blankets, scarves, or any other project, this stitch adds a touch of elegance.

Now that you’ve mastered the Moss Stitch let your creativity flow, experiment with colors, and enjoy the process of creating beautiful crochet masterpieces.

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