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The boxed moss crochet stitch is a really fun way to incorporate colors in crochet without having to change yarn in the middle of a row. Using just one color per row, you can achieve a really complex looking crochet stitch with beginner stitches.

Technically crochet colorwork uses the technique of changing yarn color during a row but I love being able to get the look of that without actually having the fiddly task of carrying yarn or using bobbins!

Boxed moss crochet stitch pattern.

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Boxed moss crochet stitch pattern

US crochet terms.

Using 2 colors of your choice. (I used the shades detailed below).

Foundation chain: using Yarn L, create a chain of any multiple of 3+1.

Row 1: using Yarn L, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st to end.

Change to Yarn I.

Row 2: ch4 (counts as st and ch), skip 1 st, *dc in next 2 sts, ch1, skip 1 st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st, change to Yarn L.

Row 3: ch1, sc in next st, dc in skipped st two rows below (working over ch from previous row), *sc in next 2 sts, dc in skipped st two rows below; rep from * to last st, sc in last st.

Change to Yarn L.

Rows 2 and 3 create the pattern.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 as many times as you would like to create the boxed moss stitch.

See a video tutorial of this crochet stitch used in the Strawberries and Cream blanket by clicking on the image below:

Boxed Moss Crochet Stitch pattern.

Make a boxed moss stitch blanket

If you’d like to make a dishcloth or blanket using this stitch just work a chain of a multiple of 3+1 to decide on the width of your project.

Then repeat the pattern as above for as many sets of the color sequence as you’d like to create the length of the blanket or dishcloth.

Is this the same as the traditional crochet moss stitch?

The boxed moss stitch isn’t quite the same as the traditional crochet moss stitch.

There are a couple of ways to create the moss stitch with the main difference being whether you work the longer stitches down into the chain space below or whether you pop it into the stitch 2 rows below.

It doesn’t drastically change the look of the fabric but working into the stitches rather than the chain spaces gives you a firmer and more closed fabric which is great for blankets and homeware I think.

I also have a version called the herringbone hdc moss stitch which I love too!

Strawberries and Cream sampler crochet blanket pattern

This stitch is used in my Strawberries and Cream multi stitch crochet blanket free pattern.

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Yarn used for sample

I used Paintbox Simply Double Knit 100% Acrylic, 276m, 302yds/100g which works perfectly and comes in such beautiful colors.

The colours you see used in the blanket are:

A (Champagne White)

B (Pear Green)

C (Pine Green)

D (Pistachio Green)

E (Misty Grey)

F (Vanilla Cream)

(Light Caramel)

H (Mustard Yellow)

I (Vintage Pink)

J (Blush Pink)

K (Rose Red)

L (Red Wine)

Image showing 12 shades of Paintbox Simply DK yarn used for the Strawberries and Cream crochet blanket pattern.


Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

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Boxed moss stitch pattern.

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

ss – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

rep – repeat

Crochet Stitches

UK Crochet TerminologyUS Crochet Terminology
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
tr – treble crochet dc – double crochet
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