The moss stitch crochet dishcloth pattern can be crocheted up in just about any dishcloth yarn that you have on hand. It works up quick and easy, and is also super easy to increase or decrease to any size that you want.
You can easily adjust the width for a placemat or a coaster to match. Another option is to sew two dishcloths together for a thick hotpad or potholder. The stitch pattern is reversible, making it great for blankets, scarves, bags and many other crochet patterns.
It’s super easy for beginners to master, yet elegant enough for anyone to appreciate.
The Moss Stitch Pattern
The stitch pattern is beginner-friendly using only simple chains and single crochet stitches. Here is a basic tutorial:
First you make a slip knot and the foundation chain, any multiple of 2. Then for the first row, single crochet into the second chain from the hook. Chain 1.
Skip a chain and single crochet into the next chain. Chain 1. Repeat across. The last chain 1 counts as your turning chain.
The second row is started with a chain one. Then single crochet into the first stitch, and into the first chain one space. Chain one, skip the next stitch and single crochet into the chain space. Chain 1.
Repeat across, working a single crochet into the last chain-1 space and into last stitch. Chain 1 and turn.
The third row is started by working one single crochet into the first stitch. Chain one.
Skip a stitch and single crochet into the next chain space. Chain 1.
Repeat across, working a single crochet in the last stitch. Then repeat the last two rows.
I did not add an edging to this, but you could easily go down a hook size and single crochet around to even things out along the edges.
The moss stitch yields to a beautiful drape, which makes it ideal for washing dishes. Another bonus is a lot of chain-one spaces, which can help to speed up the drying time.
Begin your starting chains in any even number of chains.
Use any dishcloth cotton to make this! I worked this up in Bernat Handicrafter Cotton as well as in Red Heart Scrubby Cotton, and both came out great!
I found the stitch pattern worked really well with the scrubby cotton. Not only in giving it a nice fabric, but it was also easy to work up as I wasn’t constantly looking to find the stitches.
There are SO many things that you can do in terms of colors when it comes to the moss stitch! It’s a beautifully textured stitch that looks great in a solid color, but you also have a lot of choices when it comes to stripes.
Use three colors and change to the next color after every row. This way there are no extra ends to weave in. And it is a great way to use up small balls of leftovers. You could even mix the scrubby with the Handicrafter and work every third row in the scrubby yarn.
You can also plan one or more stripes along the edges from where you start and finish your dishcloth. This is a great way to use up those smallest amounts of yarn, as technically you only need enough yarn for two rows of one color to make things match!
The crochet moss stitch is also perfect for planned color pooling! The color designs you can create are endless.
Other Patterns to Try
- Beginner Crochet Dishcloth Pattern with Striped Option
- Crochet Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern
- Dandy – Easy Crochet Dishcloth
- Peachy Round Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
- Free and Easy Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
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Moss Stitch Crochet Dishcloth
- Yarn Option 1: Red Heart Scrubby Cotton (Medium, #4; 100% Cotton; 3oz/85g; 121yds/110m) Color: Tranquil Print, 1 ball.
- Yarn Option 2: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight, #4; 100% Cotton; 1.75 oz/50g; 80yds/73m) 1 ball.
- Crochet Hook: 5.5mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.
- 8" by 8".
- Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
- Rep = Repeat
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Sk = Skip
- Sp/Sps = Space/Spaces
- St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
Instructions for Optional Color Changes
- Work the stitch as normal until the last step and you have two loops left on hook; drop the old color, pick up the new color and draw through both loops to complete the stitch.
- Carry unused yarn up along the sides.
- You can also choose to fasten off after each color change if you prefer.
- Ch 30, or any multiple of 2.
- Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across. Turn. [14 ch-1 sps]
- Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc into first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next st, sc into the next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last st, sc in last st. Turn. [13 ch-1 sps]
- Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc into next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st. Turn. [14 ch-1 sps]
- Rows 4-31: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off or continue with an edging.
- Going down a hook size, or as needed to keep things flat, ch 1, sc evenly around, working 3 sc into each corner; join with a slip stitch in first sc. Fasten Off.