How To Crochet The Linen Stitch (Tutorial + Pattern)


In this post, you will see how to crochet the linen stitch with a tutorial and free dishcloth pattern.

This is a simple crochet stitch pattern that gives a dense woven fabric perfect for blankets, dishcloths, table mats, table runners, and pot holders.

Scroll down to grab your free printable PDF dishcloth crochet pattern.

How to crochet the linen stitch

How Do You Crochet Linen Stitch?

To create this linen stitch pattern, you use single crochet stitches to work into the single chain spaces between the stitches (known as ch-1 spaces).

For example; You will begin with a starting chain, and into that chain, you will single crochet (sc) into one chain (ch), miss the next chain space (ch-1 space), and single crochet (sc) into the next chain (ch), repeating to the end of the row.

The missed chain spaces are what give the appearance of slipped stitches.

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Other names were given to this stitch pattern…

This stitch pattern has also been known as seed stitch, moss stitch, woven stitch, and granite stitch.

Depending on where you are getting your tutorials and free crochet patterns, you may see the same stitch pattern labeled as one of those.

Can you change colors?

Yes! You can experiment with a color change in your sample swatch using the linen stitch, by adding in a new color on the next row you want to work o the right side of the work.

You can get different looks by changing how often you change colors in your work, from blocks of color to stripes.

Does crochet linen stitch use more yarn?

It uses less yarn, this is because you are missing out on some of those single crochet stitches, thus working up a less dense stitch pattern.

If you use Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton you will be able to get more than one dishcloth crochet project from one ball.

crochet linen stitch dishcloth

Linen Stitch Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

You will create an 8 x 8-inch square dishcloth with lots of texture (a woven appearance and a nice dense fabric) using the linen stitch pattern.

This written pattern is easy enough for beginner crocheters, all you need to know is how to create a chain and single crochet.

This dishcloth is crocheted in a solid color.

Skill level – Basic

Knitters – View the Linen Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern Here. – How To Knit The Linen Stitch (Tutorial + Pattern)

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The Supplies You Need


  • 1 x ball of Lilly Sugar’n Cream Cotton yarn.
  • This yarn is 2.5 oz/70.9 g/120 yds/109 m.
  • You can make 2 dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.
  • Or – 1 x 50g ball of cotton yarn suitable for a 5 mm (US H-8) hook.
  • Any DK weight/light worsted/8 ply yarn or Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • I would recommend using cotton.

Crochet Hook Size


Size Info

Gauge – 17 sts / 14 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches in the pattern.

Size – 20×20 cm/8×8 inches.


The abbreviations are in US terms.

  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • Patt – Pattern
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • SC – Single crochet
  • Sp – Space
  • Sl St – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side
crochet moss stitch

Pattern Instructions

  • (CH multiples of 2) Make a slipknot and CH 36, turn,
  • Row 1: (RS) CH 1, 1 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook, *CH 1, skip the next CH, 1 SC in the next CH, rep from * to end, turn,
  • Row 2: (WS) CH 1, skip the first SC, * SC in the next SC 1-SP, CH 1, skip the next SC, rep from * to the end of the row. SC in the last st, turn,

*Repeat row 2 until the piece measures = 20 cm/8 inches in length.

To finish the final stitch, Sl St and then cut a length of yarn to secure.

Weave in any loose ends.

Watch The Video Tutorial On My YouTube Channel Here…

Knit and crochet linen stitch
Knit and crochet linen stitch dishcloths.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here…

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