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Free crochet pattern: Moss stitch shawl

This beginner-friendly pattern is so simple and mindless that it's a great project to do while binge-watching your favorite show.

To purchase a printable, ad-free version of this pattern for just $2, visit https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moss-stitch-shawl-2.

Last fall I was browsing in the Lion Brand Yarn Outlet when I came across a marked-down bin of Lion Brand Mandala Wool Blend in the discontinued colorway “Hades.” I fell in love with the blues and purples and bought several cakes. I used most of them to crochet pocket scarves as Christmas gifts, but set aside two to crochet this light, season-spanning shawl for myself.

This shawl is worked end to end, starting with a ribbed border, working the body of the shawl in moss stitch, and ending by repeating the border. Working moss stitch with a weight 3 yarn such as Lion Brand Mandala creates a smooth, lightweight fabric with a lovely drape.

Moss stitch is a very easy, beginner-friendly stitch. This pattern is so simple and mindless that it’s a great project to do while binge-watching your favorite show.

The pattern can also be adapted easily to use a weight 4 yarn, if desired. Weight 4 yarn will require fewer rows and stitches per row.

Pattern: Moss stitch shawl

Materials needed

  • 2 cakes Lion Brand Mandala yarn (can be wool blend or acrylic)
    OR equivalent yardage of a weight 3 yarn of your choice
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Yarn needle

Stitches used

  • Chain stitch (ch)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Half-double crochet (hdc)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Front-post double crochet (fpdc)
  • Back-post double crochet (bpdc)
  • Foundation single crochet (fsc) – optional

Sizing & gauge

The shawl shown has 68 stitches per row with 270 rows of moss stitch in the body and two ribbed borders of 5 rows each. The gauge for a 4” square in moss stitch is 17 rows of 19 stitches.

The pattern as written to the above specifications will make a shawl that is 15” wide and 68” long, which will fit most adults and teens.

To change the width of the shawl (or to adjust if your gauge is different), simply adjust the number of stitches in increments of 2 to achieve the desired width while maintaining an even number of stitches per row.

To change the length, simply adjust the number of rows of moss stitch in the body of the shawl.

Keep in mind that If you make a shawl larger than 68” x 15”, you may need additional yarn.

Turning chain

Throughout this pattern, the turning chain does NOT count as a stitch. Therefore, do NOT skip the first stitch when beginning a new row.

Starting ribbed border

Row 1: You have two options:

  • Chain 69, then work sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining chains across. (68 st)
  • OR, my preferred method: Work 68 foundation sc (fsc). (If you’d like to learn how to work foundation stitches, see my tutorial video at https://youtu.be/Ld_-ZtCZdOI.)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn; hdc in first st, dc in next 66 st, hdc in last st.

Row 3: ch 2, turn; hdc in first st; alternate fpdc, bpdc in each dc across; hdc in last st.

Row 4: ch 2, turn; hdc in first st; work fpdc in each bpdc and bpdc in each fpdc; hdc in last st.

Row 5: ch 1, turn; sc in every st across. (68 sc)

Moss stitch body

Row 1: ch 1, turn; sc in first st;
(ch 1, skip st, sc in next st) 33 times;
sc in last st. (35 sc and 33 ch 1 spaces)

Row 2+: ch 1, turn; sc in first st;
(ch 1, skip st, sc in ch 1 space) 33 times;
sc in last st. (35 sc and 33 ch 1 spaces)

Repeat row 2 until you have 270 rows of moss stitch, or until desired length is achieved.

Notes:

  • Each row of moss stitch ends with 2 sc together.
  • You will need to join your second cake somewhere in the body of the shawl. Given how lightweight moss stitch is, to keep the join as unobtrusive as possible I recommend using the Russian Join. To learn it, see my tutorial video at https://youtu.be/kpyMond0ei8.

Ending ribbed border

Row 1: ch 1, turn; sc in every st AND ch 1 space across. (68 sc)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn; hdc in first st, dc in next 66 st, hdc in last st.

Row 3: ch 2, turn; hdc in first st; alternate fpdc, bpdc in each dc across; hdc in last st.

Row 4: ch 2, turn; hdc in first st; work fpdc in each bpdc and bpdc in each fpdc; hdc in last st.

Row 5: ch 1, turn; sc in every st across. (68 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

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