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Double Linen // Moss Stitch

Updated April 14, 2022

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I’ve been a long time lover of the Moss Stitch and have enjoyed playing around with a few different variations of these over the years. You can find the Moss stitch HERE and Even Moss Stitch HERE. As usual with crochet, the Moss Stitch can also have an alternative name, Linen Stitch. Whichever you choose to call it, it looks amazing and is a fun stitch to learn.

As well as being a beautifully dense stitch, the double moss/linen stitch is also somewhat reversible. It looks beautiful from the from and the back, but both give a slightly different texture. We will also be using a ‘stretched’ stitch, which can also be known as a pulled or spike stitch. See the demonstration video at the bottom of the post.

Ready to go? Grab your hook and some soft yarn and let’s get to it!

If you’re a fan of the Moss Stitch, you should take a peek at my beautiful Moss Stitch Blanket. It’s so COSY!


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Written in UK terms

This pattern gives you the basic principles for the Double Linen/Moss stitch, designed to help you create your own projects.

Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.


Yarn: I used Paintbox Simply DK

Hook: Hook to match yarn and your desired gauge. I used a 4mm.


Darning Needle


Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Double crochet (dc): Insert your hook into the chain or stitch, yarn over and pull through (you will have two loops on the hook) yarn over and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook.

Spiked dc: a looser version of the dc to elongate the post of the stitch (also know as pulled or stretched)

Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch and loop on hook

Stitch(es) (st(s))

Sk next st/sk next ch sp: skip the next stitch / skip next chain space

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.


Foundation Chain: Chain in multiples of 2

Foundation Row: dc in 2nd ch from the hook and into each chain

Row 1: ch 1, dc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st; repeat from * to the end of the row, turn

Row 2: ch 1, dc in first st, *ch 1, sk next ch sp, dc in next st; repeat from * to the end fo the row, turn

Row 3: ch 1, dc in first st, worked a spiked dc in ch-1 sp 2 rows below, *ch 1, sk next st, work spiked dc in ch-1 sp 2 rows below; repeat from * to the last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 4: ch 1, dc in first st, dc in next st, *ch 1, sk next ch sp, dc in next st; repeat from * to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 5: ch 1, dc in first st, *ch 1, sk next st, work spiked dc in ch-1 sp 2 rows below; rep from * to the last 2 st, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn

Repeat Row 2-5 until you reach your desired length.

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  • Jan Moreland
    June 20, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Love this stitch and your instructions are excellent

    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      You’re very welcome 🙂

  • Emelie
    October 20, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I dont know what im doing wrong but every time my work gets wider 🙁 im about to give up

    • BellaCocoTeam
      October 22, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Emelie If your work is getting wider it would suggest that you’re making an extra stitch somewhere. I would try making a small sample swatch, carefully counting the number of stitches and using stitch markers to clearly mark them out so you can check that you’re working into the right amount

  • Pelin
    November 21, 2020 at 8:15 am


    Thank you for instructions! But I have a problem and I dont get it what I’m doing wrong. Maybe you can help me.

    I’m doing a foundation chain with 20 chains and plus 1 turning chain. I’m also doing foundation row as in instructions. So, I have 20 chains at the end in my foundation row. My problem is Row 1. I do a double crochet in first stitch and skip next stitch, so I do dc in 1,3,5,7…….17 and 19 stitch. But I dont know what to do with the 20th chain. Because we are doing a multiples of two chain and then a dc in uneven number in Row 1, there is always one chain left at the end.

    I tried couple of things with this last chain but then I cant follow the instructions in following rows because then there is no more chain space or stitch space where they are supposed to be.

    I hope I hear from you! Thank you so much in advance!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 23, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Pelin Thank you for getting in touch; it appears that you’ve picked up an error in the pattern – the starting chain should be an even number but there is no need to add an extra chain for turning. I’ll have the pattern amended to reflect this, and I’m sorry for any confusion

  • Alinda Coiner
    January 29, 2021 at 9:42 am

    This was amazing!!!! I really hope that I can teach my mom how to do this. She’s been wanting to learn how for quite some time. Your directions are very easy, I just wish you had said them in US terms instead of UK terms. I’m going to use your video when I teach her how to do this stitch. Thanks for showing us how to do it!!!!! Especially in such an easy way!!!!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm

      You are very welcome, I do say in the video that I am working in UK terms and tell you what the US term is. They are the same stitch but use different terminology. Maybe this chart will be of help to you:- Good luck with teaching your Mum 🙂

  • Ali
    February 1, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Hi, if I want to change colour of yarn what rows would you suggest I do this on? Thanks

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 4, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      It depends what kind of look you want to create If you have lots of colours you could change every row or every other row to create a really colourful blanket, or you could also create a large colour block blanket with single stripes of a contrasting colour every few pattern repeats.

  • Jessica
    November 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Has anyone successfully completed a project with this pattern? As I get several roses into it the edges just don’t seem too be very straight. I’m wondering if it’s even going to work or am I wasting my time. The sample piece in the blog post and video looks like it has a crooked Edge as well. I wish I could see a completed product from this pattern

    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 15, 2022 at 7:16 pm

      Some stitches do work up with a slightly uneven edge due to the nature of how they are worked; it helps to add a simple border of double crochet stitches (UK terms) around the edge of your project once finished to make it look really neat. Going down a hook size can also help


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