The crochet linen stitch (also called the moss or granite stitch) is a classic pattern. I decided to adapt this pattern into squares for my 2021 temperature blanket. Join me to crochet the linen stitch square – it’s easier than you think!
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When you think of beginner crochet stitches, the linen stitch always comes up. It’s made of the basic single crochet as well as chain stitches. The intentional placement of these stitches results in a woven look and gives a neat appearance to blankets, clothing, and accessories.
After designing 2 temperature blankets already, I really wanted to take it easy on myself this year. So for 2021, my temperature blanket is made up of 12 squares joined together, then I’ll add a border. The linen stitch square makes stitching easy and relaxing. Because of this, I don’t get overwhelmed by making an entire square each day and it’s really easy to catch up if I fall behind.
Crochet the Linen Stitch Square
The linen stitch square is much easier than it looks, combining simple stitches and basic techniques to create a fun alternative to the traditional granny square.
Planning to practice the linen stitch square? Try your first square with a smooth yarn and your favorite hook for easy stitching. Then switch things up by changing colors within your square and making it as big as you like.
Ch = chain
MR = magic ring
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sp = space
Sl st = slip stitch
ROUND 1: [Ch 1, (sc 1, ch 1, sc 1, ch 2) 4 times] in MR, pull tail to close ring, join with a sl st in first sc of round, turn.
ROUND 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 3x, join with a sl st in first sc of round, turn.
ROUND 3: Ch 1, *(sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1) to next ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first sc of round, turn.
ROUND 4: Ch 1, *(sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1)** to next ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with a sl st in first sc of round, turn.
Repeat Round 4 to the desired size.
If you’re more of a visual learner, watch this tutorial video. I’ll walk you through making your linen stitch square step by step.