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Crochet Moss Stitch -- Granite Stitch

An Easy, Beginner-Friendly Crochet Stitch


These free instructions will help you learn how to do the moss stitch, which is also known as the granite stitch. This is an easy stitch requiring knowledge of only two basic crochet stitches, the single crochet and the chain stitch.
Crochet Moss Stitch, Also Known as Granite Stitch

Crochet Moss Stitch, Also Known as Granite Stitch

Photo © Michael Solovay

Instructions for How to Crochet the Moss Stitch:

Crochet Abbreviations:

  • ch = chain
  • ch-1 sp = chain-1 space, the space formed when you crocheted a chain stitch in the previous row
  • rep = repeat
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch

Crochet your starting chain; you'll want to have an odd number of chains to make the pattern work out right.

Row 1: Place a marker in the first ch from your hook. sc in 3rd ch from hook. [ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep across entire row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: [sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets across the rest of the row. At the end of the row, work a sc st into the st where you placed the marker; you can remove the marker before working the stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 3 and Above: The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as row 2, except at the end of the row you'll work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row. Rep this row until your piece is the length you want it to be.

Design Notes: I've seen several different versions of the moss stitch around; be aware that there are other possible ways you could do the stitch.

Also, once you get the hang of this stitch, there's no need to keep placing the marker; I included instructions to place the marker only as an easy way of showing you which stitch to work into.

Crochet Some Easy Projects Using the Moss Stitch:

Not sure what to make using this stitch? There are many possibilities, but if you're not interested in thinking up your own design for a project to make, why not try one of the patterns I've already completed?

Beginner's Moss Stitch Baby Blanket: This fast easy baby blanket is suitable for beginners, but it is a wonderful project for anyone of any skill level to crochet. The picture above is actually a close-up of one of my crocheted baby blanket samples. You can click here to see more pictures of this blanket if you like. My project photo gallery includes samples in other colors, plus pictures of the entire blanket.

Simple Crochet Accessories: I've crocheted an entire set of accessories using the moss stitch. The set includes a beanie, scarf, headband, ear warmer, and pair of fingerless gloves.

Similar Crochet Stitches:

This stitch is much like the single crochet mesh stitch. To do the moss stitch, you place your single crochet stitches into the chain-1 spaces in the row below; to do the single crochet mesh stitch, you work your single crochet stitches into the single crochet stitches in the row below instead. Isn't it amazing how such small differences can have an effect on the way the finished fabric turns out?

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