Hey everyone, Hannah here, with a new update for this pattern! This blanket was one of the first crochet blankets I’ve ever made and the first pattern I ever wrote, so my beginner tension was a lot looser and varied than it is now. I thought it would be a good idea to remake this blanket and hopefully give everyone a better idea of how to make it the size that you want!
For this new version I used Caron One Pound yarn, which is a great yarn for beginners because it’s easier to keep your tension more consistent and easy to undo in case of any mistakes. I love using the moss stitch with this yarn because the stitches aren’t too hole-y, but the stitches still keep the yarn loose and give the blanket a really nice drape.
In the original version of this blanket I made a really long chain so that the black stripes would turn out length-wise, but this time I made them horizontal. However, you can make this blanket any size you want – all you need to do is make a base chain with an even number that is 2 inches longer than the desired width of your blanket (since the moss stitch requires you to skip a stitch, your base chain will shrink by about 2 inches after you work the first row).
Here is a video of the moss stitch if you’d like to watch before you get started!
Caron One Pound (100% acrylic, 454g / 16 oz, 742 meters / 812 yards)
2 skeins White, 1 skein Black
Size J/6.0mm hook
Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Measuring Tape
Finished size appx. 40 in x 53 in, Gauge 4 in = 8 moss stitches, 14 rows
With White, chain 150. (To make your blanket bigger or smaller, chain any even number.)
ROW 1: Starting in the 4th chain from the hook, work SC, Ch 1. *Skip one chain, then SC, Ch 1 in the next chain. Repeat from * until the last chain. Work a SC into the last chain, then chain 2 and turn.
ROWS 2 – 8: Insert your hook into the first chain one space from the previous row, and SC, Ch 1. Work SC, Ch 1 into each chain one space across the row. Work the last SC into the space between the last SC and turning chain of the row below. Chain 2 and turn. At the end of row 8, pull through with Black before you finish the last SC, then chain 2 and turn.
Note: At this point you can either cut the White yarn and leave a long tail to weave into the blanket later, or you can bring it with you as you work the next row in Black, by laying the White across the top of your work and crocheting over it as you go. When I made my blanket I chose to always carry the White yarn and crochet over it each time I worked a black row so I could easily pick it up on the other side, and I always cut the Black and left tails to weave in at the end.
ROW 9: With Black, work SC, Ch 1 into each chain one space across the row. At the end of the row, pull through with White before you finish the last SC. Chain 2 with White and turn (cut the Black).
ROWS 10 – 12: With White, work SC, Ch 1 into each chain one space across the row. Work a SC into final space, chain 2 and turn. At the end of row 12, pull through with Black, chain 2 and turn.
ROW 13: Repeat row 9.
ROWS 14 – 21: With White, work SC, Ch 1 into each chain one space across the row. Work a SC into final space, chain 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 9 through 21 for reminder of blanket, until your blanket measures appx. 50 to 55 inches or your desired length. In simple terms, the color pattern I used is 8 rows White, 1 row Black, 3 rows White, 1 row Black.
Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle before starting the border.
Round 1: With White, pull up a loop in any corner and chain 2. Work the moss stitch (SC, Ch 1, skip 1) around the sides and ends of the blanket. Work 3 SC into each corner. When you reach the corner you started with, slip stitch into the starting stitch, chain 2 and turn.
Round 2: Continue working the moss stitch around the blanket in the opposite direction. When you reach the starting corner, slip stitch into the corner and tie off.
If you’d like to add finishing touches to your blanket, lay it out flat on a towel or foam blocking boards if you have them. Use a spray bottle with water to dampen the blanket. Press the blanket into straight lines, massaging the stitches and adjusting your tension. Pin with straight pins and let it dry.
Thank you so much for coming to read this pattern; I hope you enjoy making this blanket! I originally made this blanket as a throw for my living room, and my husband and I have moved a couple times since then, but I’m glad this blanket still fits in my family room! When you’re finished with your blanket, please share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram with #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see! xo, Hannah
original pattern published in 2017:
This is a perfect project for a beginner crocheter that wants a handmade touch added to their home. This crochet modern moss stitch throw looks amazing on a couch or a chair and combines that mid-century look that is so popular right now with crochet. It’s a win-win!
The moss stitch is a very common stitch in crochet, but I’ve been seen it called many names–linen, seed, “that one that alternates” (lol!) But, it simply is an alternating SC (single crochet, US terms) and a CH, (chain.)
What I really love about this stitch is the ease of turning at the end of each row. All you have to do is find the space between the CH 2 turning chain and last SC. When you start working this, you’ll know exactly what I’m saying and love it!
And to really convince you to try this, if you are a beginner, this blanket I am showing you is not made by me, but by my oldest daughter Hannah! It’s one of the first blankets she has made and look at how she’s got her sides lined right up! So now you know, this really is a great beginner project that you can do!
Since Hannah is a beginner, her tension was quite a bit loose on this blanket, so if you tend to be a tight crocheter, you may want measure your chain after you do the first row to make sure it’s the length you want it to be.
This crochet modern moss stitch blanket can be made with any yarn you choose, but if you want a great one to start with, because you are new into crochet and don’t want to spend a lot of money, buy either Red Heart With Love, or Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn” for this project. This blanket specifically was made with “I Love This Yarn.”
Before we get to the pattern: here is a video to show you how to work the moss stitch:
4 skeins I Love This Yarn in Ivory, 1 skein in Black
Size J hook
Finished size approximately 60 x 30, but you can always customize and do your own size.
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
Chain 200 in ivory (this is just a suggested number, if it is too long for your taste, just work any EVEN number you wish, but this blanket is worked from the long side on up so estimate the length. You want the stripes to be vertical so do a fairly long chain.)
ROW 1: SC in the 4th chain from the hook, *CH 1, SK 1 CH, SC in the nxt CH* repeat to the end of the row. (The last stitch should be a SC in the last chain.) CH 2 and turn.
If you don’t speak crochet just yet, what I’m telling you to do is chain one after you make that first single crochet, skip the next chain, and single crochet into the next one. Repeat working a single crochet, chain one, skip over the chain space until you get to the end of the row.
ROW 2: SC in the CH 1 space, *CH 1, SK next SC, SC into the CH 1 SP* repeat to the end working your final SC into the space between the last SC and CHs. CH 2 and turn.
Translation: Single crochet in the chain 1 space from the row below, chain once, skip over the single crochet in the row below, work a single crochet into the chain one space. Repeat this all the way across and find the space between the last single crochet and the turning chains. Chain 2 and turn.
ROW 3-8: repeat row 2 in white
ROW 9: before you finish pulling all the way through with white in your final SC, stop and pull through with black. work the turning chains in black and then work the moss stitch across, stopping again just before you finish pulling through the last single crochet and pull through with white.
ROW 10-12: repeat row 2 in white
ROW 13: work in black, using the same instructions from ROW 9.
ROW 14-21: repeat row 2 in white.
Going forward, you are working *8 rows in white, 1 row in black, 3 rows in white, 1 row in black, repeat *.
Repeat until you have 16 stripes of black.
Weave in all ends before you start the border.
For the border, pull up a loop in black in any side stitch and work a SC into the chain one spaces and CH 1 and skip over the SC. Essentially working the moss stitch around. Work one extra set into each corner. Slip stitch to join and then weave in all ends.
Now throw that beauty on your couch and enjoy!!
Come and find me on Instagram! I’d love to see your finished blanket so tag me! And once you’ve mastered the moss stitch, be sure to check out this Crochet Even Moss Stitch Blanket for a simple variation!