Moss Stitch Crochet Dishcloth: Free Pattern

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This moss stitch crochet dishcloth features one my favorite stitch patterns! The moss stitch (sometimes called the linen stitch or seed stitch) is so easy to learn; it is definitely one of the most beginner-friendly stitch patterns out there.

Indeed, I love this stitch so much, I even gathered up an entire collection of moss stitch crochet patterns!

But just because it is simple, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch! This stitch pattern is so versatile, you can create completely different results depending on how many colors you use, whether you work it in the round or in rows, or whether you use a large or small hook.

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The moss stitch pattern is completely reversible, so it looks exactly the same on both the front and the back, making it great for blankets, scarves, shawls – or indeed, washcloths!

For most of my crochet dishcloth patterns I like to add a single border around the edge, just to give a nice, neat finish to my project. However, for this pattern, I decided to omit the border as the moss stitch already gives us quite a tidy edge and I didn’t want to interrupt the color-block effect with a border.

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What You’ll Need to Make this Moss Stitch Dishcloth

Yarn

For this pattern, I used Drops Paris yarn in two colors – Apricot and Off White. I decided to go for a “color-block” effect, but really, you can use any number of colors that you wish, depending on your tolerance for weaving in ends of course!

The pattern below includes links to a variety of cotton yarns that are perfect for dishcloths.

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Hook

You will need a 5.5mm I/9 crochet hook for this project (or whichever hook size allows you to crochet with an even tension). This stitch pattern can sometimes get a little dense if you use a very small hook so do feel free to experiment, especially if you tend to crochet tightly.

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Moss Stitch Washcloth

Video Tutorial

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Moss Stitch Washcloth

Free Crochet Pattern

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Pattern Notes

Please read through the entire pattern before beginning.

Skill Level

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • beg = beginning
  • C1 = Color 1
  • C2 = Color 2
  • ch = chain
  • ch-# sp = chain space, # denotes number of chains
  • rem = remaining
  • sc = single crochet
  • sk = skip
  • st(s) = stitch(es)

Construction

  • This project is worked in rows from the bottom up.

General Pattern Notes

  • Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • Stitch count for each row is given in square brackets [ ] at the end of the row. Stitch count includes chains within the row, but does not include the turning ch 1 at the start of a row.
  • If no stitch count is given then the count is the same as the previous row.
  • The sample is pictured in two colors, but feel free to use any combination of colors that you wish.

Color Changes

If you wish to change color at any point, do so as follows:

  • With working yarn, finish row as normal.
  • Keeping working yarn to the back of your work, yarn over new color and pull through.
  • Pull gently on previous color to pull the new color into the correct starting position for the next row.
  • With the new color, work next row as per pattern.

Materials

Yarn

Any #4/Worsted/Medium weight yarn in a cotton or cotton blend. The amounts given here are for Drops Paris in Apricot (01) and Off White (17) (82yds/75m per 50g skein; #4/Worsted/Medium; 100% Cotton).

ProjectYds/mC1 (Apricot)C2 (Off White)
Dishcloth89 yds / 81m61 yds / 56m28 yds / 26m
Tea Towel362 yds / 331m249 yds / 228m113 yds / 103m

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Hook

5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook

Other Items

  • Yarn needle

Finished Measurements

Washcloth: 8.75″ x 8.75″ / 22cm x 22cm

Tea Towel: 14.25″ x 22″ / 36cm x 56cm

Please see Adjustments section below for information on making this project in a different size.


Gauge

17 sts x 16 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over moss stitch pattern.

Notes:

  • The stitch count given above includes both single crochet (sc) and chain spaces (ch-sps).
  • Gauge is not critical for this project. However, if your gauge does not match the one listed above then your project may turn out a little larger/smaller depending on how loosely/tightly you crochet, and you may use a different amount of yarn than what is listed below.

Adjustments

Stitch multiple: 2 + 1

Starting chain multiple: 2 + 2

  • To adjust the width of your project, simply chain any multiple of 2 + 2 to start.
  • To adjust the length, simply repeat Rows 2-3 until you reach your desired length.

Note: adjusting the size of your project will impact the amount of yarn required.


Written Pattern

Washcloth: Ch 38. 

Tea Towel: Ch 62.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across, turn. [Washcloth: 37; Tea Towel: 61]

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sc in first st, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until 1 st rem, sc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until 2 sts rem, ch 1, sk next st, sc in last st, turn.

Washcloth: Repeat Rows 2-3 for a total of 35 rows, or until work measures approx. 8.75″/ 22cm in length.

Tea Towel: Repeat Rows 2-3 for a total of 87 rows, or until work measures approx. 22″/ 56cm in length.

BORDER (optional)

I chose not to work a border for this washcloth as the moss stitch pattern creates quite a neat edge and I felt that a border would disrupt the color-block effect.

If you do wish to work a border you can do so as follows: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc evenly around the edge of your work, working 3 scs to turn each corner. Join to beg sc with a sl st or invisible join.

Fasten off. 

Weave in ends. All done!


If you wish, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free PDF version of this pattern through Ravelry or Etsy.

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah