How To Crochet the Moss Stitch + Free Washcloth Pattern

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Do you want to learn how to crochet the moss stitch? This post will walk you through the basic steps of the crochet moss stitch and also includes a video tutorial.

And why not make something useful while learning the stitch, right? We will practice this stitch by making a washcloth. This is one of my favorite crochet stitches and creates a nice textured fabric.

a crochet washcloth sitting in a wood bowl with beads and greenery

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Once you master this stitch and don't worry, it's a great beginner stitch. Then come on over and try one of these scarfs, crochet tops, or soap saver patterns that use the moss stitch. Simply click on the image below to see these patterns using the moss crochet stitch.

a textured blue crochet fabric

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Crochet Moss Stitch Supplies

Crochet Hook:

H (5.0mm) Hook, or size to meet gauge


Removable stitch markers if needed
Yarn needle to weave in ends


We Crochet Dishie Worsted Weight
100% Cotton, 190yds/100g
Colorway Navy, or color of choice.


Between 110-135 yds


blo - back loop only
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
Stsc - stacked single crochet
st(s) -stitch(es)


17 sts by 16 rows = 4x4” in


9 inches by 9 inches

Add or decrease the starting change to adjust the size larger or smaller.

Skill Level:

Beginner Crocheter

a crochet washcloth sitting in a wood bowl with beads and greenery

Crochet Pattern Notes

There is no need to chain 1 at the beginning of each row. Without the beginning chain 1, you will have straighter edges. Use a stitch marker to keep track of the first stitch in the row.

A blue crochet washcloth next to a wood bowl containing a crochet hook and decorative beads.

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How To Crochet the Moss Stitch Video

How To Crochet the Moss Stitch Instructions

Moss Stitch Washcloth Body

RowDescriptionSt Count
1Ch 36 (or in multiples of 2), sc in the first ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next*; repeat from * to * until the last st, sc in the last, turn.36
2Sc in first, *ch 1, skip 1, sc in next ch space*; repeat from * to * until the last stitch, sc in the last turn.36
RepeatsRepeat Row 2 until the desired height. 

Moss Stitch Washcloth Border

1Ch 1, sl st around the perimeter of the washcloth, placing (sl st, ch 1, sl st) on each corner, and one stitch per row on the sides, do not join.
2Stsc into the blo of the first stitch, dc in the blo each sl st around placing (dc, ch 1, dc) in each chain st on the corners, fasten of and use an invisible join to finish. Weave in ends.
a textured blue crochet fabric and crochet hook

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