The granite stitch in crochet, also known as the moss stitch, is a crochet stitch pattern that is simple to make but still intriguing to the eye. It can be worked in a single solid color to get a great texture. Alternatively, you can play with color changes to create different designs within this simple stitch pattern.
Below you'll find instructions for the granite stitch along with information on variations to this stitch and some patterns to help you explore the use of this stitch.
Here is a basic tutorial for how to crochet granite stitch.
Photos via Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
Step 1: Chain an even number of stitches.
This sample shows a chain of 24 stitches.
Step 2: Complete row one.
- Single crochet in fourth chain from hook.
- Chain one, skip one chain, single crochet in next chain.
- Repeat (chain one, skip one chain, single crochet in next chain) all the way across the row, ending with a single crochet in the final chain.
Step 3: Turn and chain two.
Step 4: Complete row two.
- Single crochet in first chain one space.
- Chain one, single crochet in the next chain one space.
- Repeat (chain one, single crochet in the next chain one space) across row.
- End with a single crochet in the chain three space that is at the end of the row.
Step 5: Repeat step three.
Step 6: Complete row three.
This row is the same as Step Four, except that you will end with a single crochet in the chain two space at the end of the row, because there is no chain three space.
Step 7: Repeat to completion.
Repeat steps five and six to continue the pattern.
Variations on Granite Stitch
The instructions above are one way to do the crochet granite stitch. However, there are a few variations on this stitch. They all use single crochet stitches and chain spaces in the same way. Some differences might be:
- Some versions begin with an odd number starting chain and then the first single crochet is in the third chain from the hook instead of the fourth.
- Some versions use a chain one instead of a chain two for the turning chain. Some versions actually don't use a turning chain at all.
The instructions in each pattern will tell you specifically how to do the granite stitch in the way that the designer intended.
Granite stitch crochet patterns
Ready to try it out? Here are some crochet patterns that use the granite stitch.
This is an easy crochet jewelry pattern that gives you a great opportunity to put your new granite stitch crochet skills to use! This crochet designer also offers another similar pattern for a granite stitch bangle bracelet.
This crochet dress pattern comes with instructions for all sizes from newborn to adult. That makes it a great choice for mommy-and-me gifts as well as a terrific pattern to use for yourself or anyone in your family. The granite stitch gives it terrific texture and the small pops of color add interest for the eye.
This terrific cotton crochet t-shirt pattern is simple because it is based on the easy granite stitch. It gets its style from the color changes and the unique shaping of the neckline. If the t-shirt is too intimidating for you, try starting with this designer's Color Me Happy Kerchief, which also plays with granite stitch in color.
The granite stitch may be called moss stitch, seed stitch, tweed stitch, or linen stitch. What do you call this stitch?
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