Learn how to crochet a moss stitch baby blanket with this free pattern and video tutorial. Design your own pattern once you learn how to master the crochet moss stitch. This stitch consists of a single crochet and chain stitch. This pattern is perfect for a beginner at crochet.
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Precious Baby Blankets
When I am at a baby shower and the soon-to-be-mama opens up a handmade baby gift, it always seems like everyone wants to see it held up, so we can all look at the beauty. This handmade blanket is a treasure that will last for years. What a great feeling that gives us handmade creators. This is one of my favorite stitch patterns to use and it makes such a beautiful gift for an expecting mother.
Linen Stitch – Moss Stitch – Granite Stitch
While I am calling this the moss stitch today, this stitch is often referred to as the linen stitch or the granite stitch. This pattern works up nicely. The blanket feels soft and has a woven texture. I just love the look and feel of this stitch. Today, I am showing you the pattern for a baby blanket. I think the it could also be used as a lap afghan to keep the legs warm and not drag on the floor.
Video Tutorial Near Bottom of Post
Hint: when completing the stitches used in this pattern, make sure to keep the chain one stitch the same size as the single crochet. This will ensure an even look throughout your beautiful project.
Directions: How to Crochet a Moss Stitch Baby Blanket
This blanket features a woven look and the color scheme uses three colors of yarn for a variegated look to the finished project. This pattern uses three yarn colors. The color is changed every two rows. I have provided links to the specific colors further on down in the pattern directions.
Approximately 26 inches X 26 inches
Hints to changing the size:
To make the blanket wider or narrower, increase or decrease by 2 stitches. This afghan uses even stitches. To make this longer or shorter, simply increase or decrease the number of rows. However, to keep the symmetrical look of the afghan, be sure to count out the rows and whatever you do on one end, you should repeat on the other end.
Starting a New Skein:
When starting a new skein, begin using the skein at the start of the row for best results.
Adding new color and securing the yarn tails
The photos below are from another baby afghan that I made. If you would like the pattern to the one shown in the photo tutorial below, it can be found here. New color is added by adding the yarn in the last two loops on the hook. The photos below help show the detail. Yarn over with the new color and pull through both loops on your hook. Then continue with the moss stitch.
I would recommend securing the yarn tails by crocheting over them.
This is a two-step process.
- Hold the yarn in front of the stitches of the previous row and when you insert your hook into the CH 1 SP, make sure to include the two strands of yarn. This secures the yarn under the SC. I do this for about 6 inches of the yarn tail, then I stop incorporating them and continue on with the moss stitch. See the photo tutorial above on the right
- Notice below how the yarn tails in the pictures on the left are quite visible? After you have completed the row after the color change and are on the return row. It is time to pick up the yarn into the stitches of this row. The yarn from the new color is very visible on the left. On the right side, the new color of yarn added is picked up into the next row and leaves a beautiful finished look, as the yarn tail cannot be seen. Therefore, when making your SC, pick up the two strands of yarn again as you work along the row. It looks neat on the right with the yarn tails tucked up nicely into the stitches.
There are brackets around the areas to help you see the detail.
The two photos below show the yarn that has been crocheted over once. On the right, the two strands of yarn are being picked up and crocheted over again on the way back. You can see the clean look this method provides.
Here is another photo to help you see the difference. (I also cover this in the video tutorial below)
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SK ST = Skip Stitch
ST = Stitch
The * means that you should repeat all instructions between the *
1 Skein Caron Simply Soft Orchid yarn approximately 315 yards
1 Skein Caron Simply Soft Iris yarn approximately 315 yards
1 Skein Caron Simply Soft White yarn approximately 315 yards
Yarn Needle to weave in the ends
Starting with the White
Row 1: SC in 4th CH from hook, *ch 1, SK ST, SC in next ST. Repeat from * across, ending with a SC in last ST.
Row 2: CH 2, SC in first CH-1 SP in previous row (Note: not in the stitch itself, but in the space that was created by the CH. To do this, insert your hook in the space, yarn over and pull through the yarn and complete your SC), *CH 1, SK ST, SC in next SP. Repeat from * to last CH where you end with a SC, turn.
Rows 3 – 4: change color to Orchid and repeat row 2
Rows 5 – 6: change color to Iris and repeat row 2
Continue alternating the yarn colors every 2 rows – repeating for 2 until you run out of yarn or you reach your desired length.
Here is the Video Tutorial.
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