How to Crochet the Linen Stitch

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Looking for a crochet stitch with a lot of body, that looks great and is easy to do?  Well today we’re going to learn how to crochet the linen stitch!How to Crochet the Linen StitchThis stitch is also called the Seed stitch, the Moss stitch, the Woven stitch and the Granite stitch.I know. It has a bit of an identity crisis!  Why so many names for the same stitch?  If you spend any time learning crochet stitch patterns, you will find that many have multiple names. Crochet is a skill that in the past was handed down from generation to generation.  It’s possible different people “invented” the same stitch pattern and called it different names.  Or perhaps people just thought the stitch just looked like something else and changed its name.

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Try this beautiful seed stitch dishcloth!  Fun, fast and so easy!

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Linen Stitch Crochet Tutorial

I just love how a simple stitch combination can look so beautiful!  I’m thinking a warm winter scarf just might be in my future out of this lovely stitch!  Plus it’s a great mindless make.. just crochet away while watching your favorite show on TV!  Sigh.

One of my favorite afghans from my grandma is made in the linen stitch out of scrap yarn worked into squares.  She even changed color mid-square if she ran out of yarn!  The result is a really scrappy looking, very warm blanket.How to Crochet the Linen StitchIn any case, the linen stitch is quite lovely and versatile. If you know how to single crochet and chain you will find learning how to crochet the linen stitch very easy!

One of my favorite afghans from my grandma is made in the linen stitch out of scrap yarn worked into squares.  She even changed color mid-square if she ran out of yarn!  The result is a really scrappy looking, very warm blanket.How to Crochet the Linen Stitch

Linen Stitch

Remember, you can make your swatch with any size hook and yarn weight.  Read all about How to Swatch Here.

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.

How to Crochet the Linen Stitch

Foundation:

Chain a multiple of 2 (for information on what this means, please read How to Swatch)

Pattern:

Foundation row: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip the next ch, sc in the next ch, repeat from * across, turn.

R1:  Ch1, skip the first sc, *sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip the next sc, repeat from * across to end of row.  sc in ch1, turn.

Repeat rows 1 for the pattern.

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How to Crochet the Linen Stitch

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, looks good for baby blankets because there are no holes for their fingers to get caught in. Would love to see a picture of the blanket your Grandma made in this stitch.

  2. I use this stitch to make lap robes from scrap yarn. I crochet from one end to the other end and leave enough yarn at each end for fringe. The length of fringe is whatever you desire as is the length. There’s no turning. When finished, I make sure fringes are equal on both sides by overlapping and use a rotary cutter to do so.
    As I’ve got tons of scrap yarn from other projects these robes are very multicolored. These lap robes go to shut-ins and veterans.