With the help of this written pattern and tutorial video, learn how to croche the Tri-Color Linen Stitch, which uses a unique color change method to add some personality to basic crochet projects.
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Understanding the Crochet Linen Stitch
The crochet linen stitch (also called the granite stitch or the moss stitch) is a classic stitch pattern beloved by crocheters at every skill level. The pattern uses basic stitches – the single crochet and the chain – to create a beautiful smooth fabric with close patterning.
Many designers share different stitch patterns to achieve the same look of this stitch. What I’m offering is a one-row repeat of the pattern, which makes it incredibly simple, easy to memorize, and helps you keep your side edges straight.
Trying Yarns from WeCrochet
The crochet linen stitch looks modern and chic with just about any yarn, but I especially liked using this yarn with WeCrochet’s Swish Worsted. Swish is 100% superwash merino wool, giving the yarn a bounce, vibrance, and softness that you only get from animal fibers. For the swatch shown in this post, I used the colors Conch (peach), Honey (yellow), and White. These three colors together remind me of a perfect summer day.
WeCrochet offers dozens of unique yarns at affordable prices. Since these yarns are so reasonably priced, you don’t have to feel guilty about buying a new-to-you yarn just to test it out. If you’re trying the Tri-Color Linen Stitch, try these different worsted weight yarns to complement the stitch pattern:
- Brava Worsted, 100% premium acrylic. $3.49/ 100g skein. 48 colors.
- Comfy Worsted, 75% pima cotton and 25% acrylic. $3.99/ 50g skein. 34 colors.
- City Tweed Aran, 55% merino wool with 25% superfine alpaca and 20% Donegal tweed. $11.99/ 100g ball. 13 colors.
Looking for the perfect project to try the Tri-Color Linen Stitch? Check out this FREE crochet blanket! Get the pattern HERE.
Crochet the Tri-Color Linen Stitch
More of a visual learner? Check out the tutorial video for this stitch here:
MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors and a 6mm crochet hook.
STARTING CHAIN MULTIPLE: Begin with your A color and chain any odd number.
A NOTE ON COLOR CHANGES: The Tri-Color Linen Stitch look is achieved by changing color at the end of each row. This is done in the last stitch of each row. Drop the color in use and pick up the next color, which will be hanging from your work already.
ROW 1: Single crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. (Chain 1, skip 1 chain, single crochet in the following chain) – repeat the instruction in the parentheses to the end of the row, placing the last single crochet in the last chain. You will change to your B color in the last stitch. To complete the color change, yarn over and pull up a loop in the last stitch with your A color. There will be two loops on the hook. Drop the A color (but don’t fasten off!), yarn over with your B color, and pull through the 2 loops on your hook. Turn your work.
ROW 2: Chain 2, skip the single crochet at the base of your chain. Single crochet in the next chain 1 space. (Chain 1, single crochet in the next chain space) – repeat the instruction in the parentheses until you get to the chain 2 space at the end of the row. Place a single crochet in this chain 2 space, changing color to C and dropping color B (do not fasten off!). Turn your work.
ROW 3: Repeat Row 2, changing to Color A at the end of the row.
REMAINING ROWS: Continue repeating Row 2, changing color at the end of each row. Do not fasten off any colors until you know that you will no longer use them. At the end of your project, fasten off all colors leaving a long tail. Weave your tails into their like colors along the back side of your work.
Want to add a border to your tri-color linen stitch project? Learn how to do it in THIS TUTORIAL VIDEO.