Linen Stitch Tutorial & Dishcloth Pattern With Video

Crochet Linen Stitch also known as Moss Stitch, is a technique loved by its simplicity and elegance.  This stitch creates a dense fabric whilst retaining beautiful drape.  The crochet fabric it creates resembles woven linen, hence the name.  This makes it a perfect option for a variety of projects, especially dishcloths.

crochet linen stitch swatch in colourful cotton yarn

This tutorial will guide you through the process of learning the beautiful Linen Stitch and making your first Linen Stitch project.  Whether you are an experience crocheter or totally new, I will provide you with everything you need and a free pattern, to learn the Linen Stitch and make your first project.

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Benefits of Crochet Linen Stitch

If you are looking for a stitch that is both durable and attractive, then the Linen stitch is a great option.  The versatility of this stitch lends itself well to a wide variety of projects including blankets and scarves.  It's added durability when crocheted in cotton yarn, makes it perfect for dishcloths and washcloths.

Free Linen Stitch Tutorial & Dishcloth Pattern

Beginners and experienced crocheters alike will benefit from this simple tutorial.  I will guide you through the process of learning the Linen stitch and making your first project a handy dishcloth.  We will begin by discussing the essential materials needed for this pretty stitch and introduce you to the stitches and techniques to crochet the Linen stitch.  I will also cover troubleshooting tips and tricks to help you perfect your project.

dishcloths crocheted in linen stitch

Is This Pattern Suitable For Beginners?

Yes!  A beginner that is comfortable with the basic stitches can easily master the Linen Stitch as it uses only simple straightforward stitches.  The dishcloth pattern provides you with a great opportunity to practice and perfect these stitches whilst making something both beautiful and useful.  

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Let's start by getting everything we need ready. Just like most crochet projects, we'll only require a few crochet supplies -

  • Yarn:  I recommend a worsted (Aran) or DK weight yarn in soft cotton or acrylic to practice with cotton is best for dishcloths
  • Crochet hook:  An ergonomic hook is comfortable to hold, go for the size recommended on your yarn ball band or your pattern
  • Scissors:  Any small sharp scissors will do
  • Darning needle:  A special darning needle with a large eye 

Choosing Your Yarn

I crocheted these swatches in Stylecraft Savannah.  It comes in a gorgeous variety of colours and I love it for its soft handle and self striping nature.  The softness makes this an ideal choice for washcloths.

If you are making a dishcloth with your swatch, there are so many wonderful choices when it comes to choosing your yarn.  Lily Sugar 'n Cream and Paint Box Yarns Cotton Aran are great choices.

Selecting the Perfect Crochet Hooks

For this tutorial, I used a 5mm hook. I love to use these Clover Soft Touch hooks as they have a smooth surface that glides through the yarn easily and the handles are comfortable to hold.  These are my preferred hooks to use and I have them in many sizes.

Handy Tools and Notions

Additionally, you'll need some helpful items like a pair of scissors, a measuring tape or gauge ruler, and a darning needle for neatly securing loose yarn ends. While not essential, stitch markers can be quite convenient for keeping track of your stitches.

Exploring the Linen Stitch Pattern

Now, let's take a look a the elegant stitch pattern we'll be learning. Though it might look complicated at first glance, the woven effect is surprisingly simple and easy to master and only uses single crochets and chain stitches.  The stitches are placed in chain spaces instead of directly into the stitch, making this a very simple pattern to master even for beginners.

Before we begin this pretty stitch, let's familiarize ourselves with the basic stitches for this pattern -

  • Slip Stitch:  Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. pull this loop through the loop on the hook
  • Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops<
  • Chain: Yo and pull through loop on hook

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crochet linen stitch or moss stitch

Stitches 'n' Dishes

Why make your swatch with cotton yarn?  Crochet dishcloths are not only functional but also great for the environment.  They can be used for various kitchen tasks from wiping counters to washing dishes.  Their durability makes them more sustainable than disposable cloths and not only that they make thoughtful handmade gifts for family and friends.  

Crochet in soft cotton for beautiful face cloths.  Paired with some artisan soaps and crochet scrubbies and you have yourself a home spa mini hamper.  I am sure you know someone that would love a gift like that, or maybe just indulge yourself.

Personalise your dishcloth by experimenting with different colours, or try different stitches.  Adding a simple border to your cloths can make them truly unique.  Just a simple round of single crochet or shell stitch can take your simple washcloth to the next level.

Video Tutorial

For those that are visual learners a video tutorial is available to compliment this guide.  It will show you step by step how to crochet the Linen Stitch and add a simple border to your project ideal when making a dishcloth.

The Linen Stitch One


Stylecraft Savannah

5mm hook

Darning needle


Not essential for this project, finished cloths measure approx. 9 inches square

Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)

ch – chain

sp - space

st(s) - stitch(es)

sl st – slip stitch

sk - skip



Yarn Weight


Yardage (approx..)

Starting Chain

Fingering (4ply)




Light worsted (DK)




Worsted (Aran)




About the yarn: Yarn used was Stylecraft Savanna, which is a super soft, self-striping, aran weight yarn.  It is 100% cotton and each 100g ball is approx. 165m (180yds).  You can, however, use different yarn weights, I have included instructions for 4ply, DK and Aran for this pattern.

Pattern Notes:

  • Read pattern in its entirety before starting
  • US terms used throughout
  • The stitch in this pattern is called Linen Stitch (Moss Stitch)
  • Yarn used in the sample is Aran weight roughly the equivalent of worsted
  • If you need to change colour, do so at the end of a row by working the last stitch in the old colour, stopping just before the last yarn over, yarn over with the new colour and draw through the loops on the hook
  • For custom sizes chain a multiple of 2 +1

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With relevant hook size for yarn, chain required number of stitches for size

Row 1 Sc in 3rd  ch from hook, [ch1, sk1, sc in next st] repeat to end, turn.

Row 2 Ch2, [sc in next sp, ch1] repeat to last sp, sc in last sp, turn.

Repeat row 2 until your cloth is as long as it is wide approx. 9 inches or desired length.  Do not fasten off.

Linen Stitch Border

The border is a simple round of Linen Stitch.  Ch1,[ sc, ch1, sc] in corner, ch1, [Sc, ch1] in each sp around the swatch, when working into the sides of your cloth, place your single crochet stitches on every other row.  In each corner [sc, ch1, sc], join with sl st to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends

A swatch crocheted in linen stitch or moss stitch

Common Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

It is easy to end up with uneven edges if you miss count your stitches, or your tension is uneven. Always ensure your stitch count is correct at the end of each row. Good tension is something that comes with practice. Practice and patients are key to mastering this technique. Creating a neat edge can be achieved by incorporating correct turning chains and paying attention to the first and last stitches of each row.

Expanding Your Skills

Once you have mastered the Linen Stitch you are ready to make more complex projects. Try combining with other stitches and techniques. You have made your dishcloths now you could try making scarves or placemats. Pinterest is a great resource to find new patterns and ideas. What would you make with this stitch? Let me know in the comments below.

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