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Learn how to colour change during Moss Stich / Linen Stitch

How to Colour Change in Moss Stitch

Looking for some help colour changing while working the crochet moss stitch?

Moss stitch โ€“ sometimes known as linen stitch โ€“ is a simple and very effective stitch. Worked tightly it can create a dense texture which works well for homewares, whereas working it with a larger hook than the ball band calls for will create a beautifully airy fabric with wonderful drape, as we have used in the Cloudspotter Tee.

Adding in a colour change when working in moss stitch will also help to show off the shape of the stitches, and add extra interest to any pattern. This tutorial will show how to colour change when working in moss stitch flat in rows, with a turn at the end of each row.

You Will Need:

  • Main Colour (MC) and Contrast Colour (CC) yarn
  • Crochet hook to match the size of your project
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations:

  • CC – Contrast Colour
  • ch – Chain
  • ch sp – Chain Space
  • dc – Double Crochet (UK terms)
  • MC – Main Colour
  • prev – Previous

You Will Need:

  • Main Colour (MC) and Contrast Colour (CC) yarn
  • Crochet hook to match the size of your project
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations:

  • CC – Contrast Colour
  • ch – Chain
  • ch sp – Chain Space
  • dc – Double Crochet (UK terms)
  • MC – Main Colour
  • prev – Previous

You Will Need:

  • Main Colour (MC) and Contrast Colour (CC) yarn
  • Crochet hook to match the size of your project
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations:

  • CC – Contrast Colour
  • ch – Chain
  • ch sp – Chain Space
  • dc – Double Crochet (UK terms)
  • MC – Main Colour
  • prev – Previous

Stitch Description

Double crochet: insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over hook and pull through both loops. Double crochet stitch formed.

How to Colour Change

To colour change neatly in moss stitch, you will need to be working in the following stitch pattern, to ensure that each row ends on a double crochet stitch: ch2 (counts as a chain space) and skip the 1st dc from the previous row, 1dc in the next ch sp from prev row, *ch1 and skip next dc from prev row, 1dc in next ch sp from prev row; rep from * until end of row, turn.

Step 1: Working in MC. When you reach the last dc of the row before you want to make your colour change, work the dc as normal, omitting the last yarn over which would complete the stitch (two loops on hook in MC).

Step 2: Bring in CC, and yarn over hook with CC, leaving MC attached but hanging down behind the work.

Learn how to colour change during Moss Stich / Linen Stitch
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Step 2

Step 3: Pull through both MC loops with the CC yarn over to complete the stitch. The final dc of the row is now made, and the CC is attached ready to start working with on the next row.

Step 4: Turn the work, and ch2 in the CC, working the rest of the row in the stitch pattern, or as indicated in the pattern.

Step 5: Weave in the ends of the CC at the start and end of the CC row section using your yarn needle.

When your CC rows are complete, use the same steps to change back to MC.

Learn how to colour change during Moss Stich / Linen Stitch
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Learn how to colour change during Moss Stich / Linen Stitch
Step 4 (pt.1)
Step 4 (pt.2)

Notes

For the Cloudspotter Tee, you have the option of leaving the MC attached while working the CC rows, which are shorter. This will leave a tail of yarn running up the edge of the work. If you chose to do this, ensure that your tail of yarn is always running up the wrong side of the work, so that it can be hidden on the inside of the garment when you come to seam the sides.

When working the CC rows, we recommend that you cut and fasten off the CC at the end of the last row, weaving in both sets of ends with the yarn needle.

Cloudspotter Tee

The Cloudspotter Tee

The Cloudspotter Tee is available as a PDF pattern, and as part of a kit including Meadow yarn, the PDF pattern and a free project bag.

If you are crocheting a Cloudspotter Tee, we would love to see it! Please tag us @thefibrecompany on Instagram and @thefibreco on Facebook so we can admire your beautiful project!

AND, if you would like to crochet in company, the Cloudspotter Tee crochet-along began on 14th July and continues every week until mid-August!

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