I fell in love with the even moss stitch a while ago. The texture is so beautiful! And recently, I’ve been experimenting with C2C or Corner to Corner crochet. I couldn’t find a tutorial for a C2C version of the even moss stitch, so I created one! Scroll down for instructions and a photo tutorial. Or, you can purchase the printable PDF at my Etsy Shop.
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I decided to make some potholders for our kitchen because we were in desperate need, and this stitch has enough rise/texture for a potholder. However, a slightly smaller version would make a great dishcloth, and going up a hook size or two would make a beautiful blanket!
At the end, there are instructions for adding a loop to hang a potholder or ending without a loop for an even square.
Note: This is an intermediate-level pattern. If you’re brand new to crochet and want to learn, you can find my How-to crochet post here, and a free beginner pattern here.
If you haven’t tried Corner to Corner crochet yet, you’re in for a treat! That said, typically C2C crochet looks a little different. The standard C2C method involves creating blocks out of double crochet stitches. This allows for color blocking and graphgans in a simple format. I have a blog post coming up that will go over this method in the traditional way.
There are other stitches that can be used in C2C crochet by doing exactly what it sounds like – starting at one corner, and increasing each row to a certain point, then decreasing each row so that you end in an opposite corner. It’s not as easy to do a graphgan, but it does make diagonal stripes easy and fun.
There are tutorials that exist for the Moss (aka linen, woven, etc.) and the Lemon Peel stitches using the C2C method. But I had the hardest time finding one for the Even Moss stitch! I love this stitch so much, I’m excited to share this tutorial with you.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cotton Yarn, Weight 4.
- I used Lily Sugar’n Cream, two colors per pot holder. Shown in the photos are the colors White, Sage Green, and Black.
- Crochet hook, size H8 (5.0 mm)
- I like to use this set of ergonomic crochet hooks
- A yarn or tapestry needle
Gauge & Size:
Guage (measured on the diagonal): 4″ Sq. = 14 st / 16 rows
Overall size: Approximately 8″ Square
Abbreviations (U.S. Terminology):
Ch = Chain
St = Stich
Yo = Yarn Over
Hdc = Half Double Crochet (Yo and insert hook, pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook)
Slst = Slip stitch (Insert hook, pull up a loop, and pull loop immediately through loop on hook)
Sc2tog = Single Crochet 2 together (Insert hook and pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook)
C2C Even Moss Description
Before you dig into the pattern below, it’s worth reading this first so that the first few rows aren’t confusing.
The Even Moss stitch is a repeat of Half Double Crochet (Hdc) and Slip Stitches (slst). As you move up the rows, you’ll crochet each hdc into the hdc below, and each slst into the slst below. Hence – the ‘even’ moss stitch!
For the C2C version, we’ll start with increase rows to grow the project from the corner. For each increase row, you’ll start the row with both a hdc and slst in the first stitch of the row, then continue on as normal (hdc in next stitch, slst in next stitch, repeat). Then each row ends with both a hdc and slst in the last stitch of the row. Each row will end with a chain 2 to get us to the next row, throughout the project.
For the decrease rows, we’ll skip the first stitch and then continue with the normal pattern until the last two stitches. Then we’ll single crochet both of the last two stitches together. Continue chaining 2 to get to the next row.
C2C Even Moss Stitch Pattern
Foundation – Chain 2. (Yes, just 2! We are starting in a corner)
Increase rows (Color White):
Row 1: In second chain from hook, Hdc & Slst. (2 st)
Row 2: Chain 2 and turn work. Hdc and Slst in first stitch, Hdc and Slst in second stitch. (4 st)
Row 3: Chain 2 and turn work. Hdc and Slst in first stitch, Hdc in next st, Slst in next st, Hdc and Slst in last stitch. (6 St)
Rows 4 – 21: Chain 2 and turn work. Hdc and Slst in first stitch, * Hdc in next st, Slst in next st, repeat from ‘*’ to last stitch, Hdc and Slst in last stitch. stitch count varies – should increase by 2 stitches as you move up each row. Row 21 will have 42 stitches.
Decrease rows (Color Black OR Color Sage Green):
Rows 22 – 41: Chain 2 and turn work. Skip first stitch. * Hdc in next st, Slst in next st, repeat from ‘*’ to last 2 st, Sc2tog over last 2 st. Chain 2 and turn work. stitch count varies – will decrease by 2 stitches as you move up each row. Row 41 will have 4 stitches.
Row 42: in the last row, skip first stitch and sc2tog over last 2 st. For dishcloth, tie off. For potholder with loop, Chain 12. Slip stitch into corner to make a loop, then tie off.
You may need to stretch your pot holder a bit to shape it into a square.
I hope you had as much fun making your new potholder as I did! And I can just imagine all the fun stripe variations that can be made with these. I’m planning my next one: alternating black and white stripes every 7 rows so that there are 6 stripes total.
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If you make an Even Moss Stitch Potholder, tag me in social media posts so that I can share! I really do love to see them. I am @Tinycouchcrochet on both TikTok and Instagram. I can’t wait to see all of your creations!