The Granite Stitch, also known as the Moss Stitch, is another fabulous stitch pattern that’s interesting enough for experienced crocheters, but easy enough for new crocheters! All you need to know is chaining and single crochet – here’s how it’s done!
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How to Crochet the Granite Stitch or Moss Stitch
This video tutorial was made using Lion Brand Cotton-Ease and a Furls Fiberarts US-I, 5.5mm hook – click on either one to purchase your own and help support Moogly!
Looking for how to increase and decrease with the Moss Stitch? CLICK HERE!
Of course, this stitch can be made using any weight or type of yarn, and the hook that gives you the results you’re looking for.
Here are the written instructions:
Row 1: Ch an even number of stitches, sc in the 4th ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in the next ch; repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, sc in the next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to end, finishing with a sc in the ch-3 sp at the start of Row 1, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, sc in the next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to end, finishing with a sc in the ch-2 sp at the start of the previous row, turn.
Repeat Row 3 until you’re done!
That’s all there is to working the Granite Stitch or Moss Stitch! It has a great look in one color, but can also look amazing in 2 or more colors. And to round out the video and written instructions, here’s a crochet symbol chart for the Moss Stitch!
Crochet Symbol Chart
I hope you’ve enjoyed this stitch tutorial – don’t forget to share it with your crochet friends! And let me know if there’s a stitch you’d like to see a tutorial for in the future!
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Photos, chart, and written instructions copyright Tamara Kelly 2014.
Thanks for this video Tamara!! How do you like using the Lion Brand Cotton Ease?? I am wanting to start a new project that is calling for Cotton yarn. Thanks
Annette I love it! It’s part cotton, part acrylic, so it holds it’s color really well, but feels super soft! Thank you!
Love your blog! Your photography is beautiful, and the videos are very well done and easy to follow. The symbol chart is also a nice bonus.
😀 Thank you so much Katie!
This is one of my absolute favorite stitches. I’ve seen it called by several different names.
One of the cool things about it is that it’s so versatile. It has almost a knit look when you use one solid color, as above. If you use two colors alternating rows (this is easiest working in rounds,) you will get skinny horizontal stripes. If you use three colors, you get a kind of tweedy effect.
Three colors is easy to work in rows as when you get to the end of one row, the correct color will be waiting for you at the end, two rows down. You can carry each color up the sides as long as you are doing a border at the end to enclose them. No ends to weave in!
Do you still use even number of stitces when working this stitch in the round, or odd?
You would want an even number when working in the round. 🙂
Whoops! My second paragraph should say “vertical stripes,” not horizontal.
Absolutely! It had been a while since I’d used this stitch, but having made the tutorial my wheels are turning! 😀
I didn’t realize this stitch had a name! I’ve been using it for awhile to make dishcloths and recently a gift bag. Thanks for putting a name to my current crochet go-to stitch!
😀 Happy to help! It’s a fun one!
Great stitch… can you give some ideas of stitches it could easily replace. Say I had a babysweater pattern that was all single crochet, could it be swapped for this?
Hi Jill! It could indeed, though you’d likely need to add some rows for length, since these rows would be shorter than a standard sc row. The st count should be the same though! 🙂
Amazing! When we see photo it seems to be that there is a big change but actully its so simple with no change! Great way of teachin too, Tamara ♥
Thats what Crochet all about 😉
wow – this crochet pattern is really easy! I love how it looks like, I wonder if it would be good for making a hat as well…
I’d like to make a triangle shawl with this stitch, but I can’t find anything on inscreasing. Can you help me with that? Thanks!
I haven’t been able to find much on increasing or decreasing with that one either! A designer challenge, for sure.
Thanks for this Moss stitch I have been looking for an easy afghan stitch to make,
And will try this and will let you know how it turned out
Hi there, just came across your video for the moss stitch. Some patterns say start 2 chains away and yours is four, what does it mean the difference, is it important?
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
I suspect it’s just a different way to begin the stitch pattern – most crochet stitch patterns can be customized and adjusted. 🙂
I am in love with your site and your wonderful, always easy to follow tutorials. I’m kind of low level intermediate, but your explanations make me feel like I can do any stitch! Thank you so much for posting all these patterns and instructions for free!
To me, you’re kind of the goddess of crochet. 🙂
Hi Jenny! Wow, thank you so much! I really believe that with a bit of practice and patience, any crocheter CAN make any stitch! Your comment made my night!
I made it in 2 colors . every time I passed the thread under other color. beautiful stitch . Thank you very much
😀 Lovely! Thank you Rulat!
Hi! I love this pattern! Thank you for sharing it. I have a question, though; is it possible to have an ‘increasing/decreaing moss stitch’?
Hi Kate! It’s a tougher one than usual to shape with! If you do it on the edges, rather than in the middle of the fabric, you can do some decreases and increases more easily. 🙂 In the middle of the fabric, you can do it too, but it might not be pretty! You’re going to have to decrease by 2 (sc2tog skipping the st below) most of the time, if you’re in the middle of the fabric.
Hi, Kate and Tamara! I saw these comments when I was looking for a way to decrease moss stitch for a crochet crescent shawl pattern I was making. I figured it out, and thought I’d share how I did it! For increase rows, I added a sc, chain 1, sc into the final chain space. Decreasing was a little harder! I settled on a slip stitch into the final sc instead of finishing the final ch1, sc.
I have it written and charted on my blog, http://saltypearlcrochet.com/anns-spokane-shawlette/ if you would like more complete instructions.
🙂 Thank you so much for sharing Katie!
Hi from London,
Is it possible to use this stitch to crochet in the round? I’m looking to make a cowl that way and this would be the perfect stitch. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas, I’m inspired every day!
Yes! For an example, click here 🙂
Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for a pretty crochet stitch to use with multi-color yarn and this is perfect!
😀 I’m so glad you like it, thank you Cheryl!
Thank you so much for the pattern and stitch diagram. I’m making a scarf and crocheting it with a larger hook to make it less dense. The stitch is really easy and so versatile!
Thank you Janets, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! 😀
Thank you for your tutorial. I love this stitch and am making a blanket in it.
I would appreciate your advice on a good, simple border to use for it.
Thank you so much Arnette! Setting up a border on this stitch is a lot easier if you actually do a ch 1, sk 1, sc rep around first. After that the sky’s the limit! Here are some fun ones: https://www.mooglyblog.com/living-edge-10-free-crochet-edging-patterns/
I just completed a baby blanket using this pattern. For my border, I single crocheted around the blanket, then I used a scalloped edge and I like the look of it — especially for a baby girl.
On your YouTube video, the comments are blocked by YouTube.
That is weird.
How strange, I see them!
Could you perhaps help me with how to increase and decrease in this pattern?
Thanks in advance
There are increases in this pattern to get you started! https://www.mooglyblog.com/autumn-amore-beanie/ 🙂