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How to Crochet the Granite Stitch (aka Linen Stitch or Moss Stitch)
Today, you’ll learn how to crochet the Granite Stitch (also known as the Linen Stitch or Moss Stitch) with me. This stitch is one of my all time favorite textures to use in my crochet projects. It has a very simple, soothing repeat, and it creates a nearly identical fabric on either side.
This stitch is so versatile that I use it in a huge variety of crochet projects. I have a shawlette pattern available as free patterns on my blog already, and I have a few more planned to come out soon as well! Here’s a sneaky peek of my Granite Cowl, which is just such a fun, relaxing project to make using this stitch!
The Granite Stitch has such a lovely even texture, that it works really well with this super interesting yarn texture, doesn’t it? But it looks just as beautiful in any yarn you could imagine! That’s my favorite part about this stitch- it’s so useful in so many projects!
Before you start, be sure to pin this image to your crochet stitch tutorials on Pinterest!
Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
Materials for Crocheting the Granite Stitch:
- Scrap amount of worsted weight yarn. For this tutorial, I’m using Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! in a gorgeous red color, but any cotton yarn (like Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton) will do for a dish cloth, and any Worsted Weight yarn works for the Granite Cowl pattern.
- For this tutorial, I’m using a Clover Soft Touch ergonomic hook. The set is definitely worth investing in!
Feel free to substitute the yarn and hook of your choice! I have a fairly average tension, so I usually use the hook size recommended by the manufacturer.
Sc: single crochet
Granite Stitch Swatch Pattern Instructions:
Begin by chaining an even number of stitches, and then chain one more as your turning chain. For this swatch, I chained 25.
Row 1: Sc 24. Ch 1, turn. 
Row 2: Sc in first st. *Ch 1, sk 1, sc.* Repeat across, placing a sc into the last stitch. 
Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the size swatch you’d like, or until you feel comfortable with the stitch.
Crochet Granite Stitch Step By Step Photo Tutorial
The basic idea of the crochet granite stitch is to alternate single crochet stitches and chain spaces. Each single crochet will be placed into a chain stitch, and you’ll chain one and skip over the single crochet stitch. You’ll end up with an extra single crochet on the ends to stabilize the piece and keep neat edges.
Start with a chain. You’ll want an even number of stitches, and one extra for your turning chain. That means you’ll need an odd number of chains. For this tutorial, I’ve done 25 chains.
Next, we’ll use a row of single crochet to stabilize the bottom edge of the piece.
Now you’re ready to begin your granite stitch pattern! Single crochet into the first stitch.
Next, you’ll chain one, skip one, and place a single crochet into the next stitch.
Repeat that all the way across the row.
When you reach the end, you’ll place a single crochet into the last stitch instead of a chain. This gives the edges a smidge more stability.
Chain one, and turn.
Then, simply repeat across again! It’s really that simple.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning the Granite Stitch. I would love to see your WIPs and Finished Projects using the moss stitch! Share them with me on the Salty Pearl Crochet Facebook Page or tag me on Instagram @SaltyPearlCrochet or with the hashtag #saltypearlcrochet.