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Have you noticed that sometimes the EXACT same stitch will have a different name, or in the case of the crochet moss stitch, many different names? The Crunch Stitch and the Even Moss Stitch almost fall into this category. They are practically the same stitch and look almost identical when worked up. Swatches of the even moss stitch crochet and the crunch stitch crochet

What’s the difference between the Even Moss Stitch and the Crunch Stitch?

Really, there isn’t much difference between the two stitches expect for the way you start and end each row. Both stitch patterns use alternating half double crochets and slip stitches to form a beautiful and unique texture. (I have even seen these stitches referred to as the half double crochet moss stitch, but that is what I would call the stitch pattern like the regular moss stitch but done with hdcs.)

The Even Moss Stitch starts each row with a chain 1 and ends with a slip stitch in that chain 1 from the previous row. Whereas the Crunch Stitch starts with a chain 2, which counts as a half double crochet and ends with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 2 from the previous row.

The edges actually look very similar between the two variations, but the starting row and the ending row of the Even Moss Stitch seem to pull in a bit. Since you are only chaining one at the beginning of the row and then skipping that stitch, your yarn pulls in more than it does with the chain 2 of the Crunch Stitch.

Once you’ve practiced both of them, you can decide which you like better and can easily adapt a pattern to use the one you favor. The Crunch Stitch starts with one more chain than the Even Moss Stitch, so you will want to keep that in mind.

Ready to Learn the Crunch Stitch and the Even Moss Stitch?

Once you learn one of them, the other will be a breeze to pick up! Grab some yarn and a corresponding hook and let’s get started on the Even Moss Stitch and Crunch Stitch crochet tutorials!

Below you will find the written instructions for the crochet Crunch Stitch followed by the written instructions for the crochet Even Moss Stitch. After those, there are step by step photo instructions for both stitches for right handers. I am trying to add left handed pictures as well, but I am having trouble with the pictures!

As you work through the photo tutorial you’ll notice the instructions are written out without abbreviations with the abbreviated instructions in parenthesis. The goal there is to help you read patterns if that is an area where you struggle. Sometimes seeing the abbreviated instructions next to the written instructions can help you grasp pattern writing even more.

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crunch stitch and even moss stitch crochet tutorial

Crunch Stitch Written Instructions

Chain a multiple of 2 + 1.

Row 1: Slip stitch into the third chain from the hook, [half double crochet into the next chain, slip stitch into the next ch,] repeat to ending with a slip stitch in the last chain, turn.

Row 2: chain 2, counts as your first half double crochet, skip the first stitch, [slip stitch into the next stitch (the half double crochet of the row below), half double crochet into the next stitch (the slip stitch of the row below)] repeat ending with a slip stitch in the top of the turning chain, turn.

Repeat row 2 to continue the pattern.

Even Moss Stitch Written Instructions

Chain an even number.

Row 1: Slip stitch into the second chain from the hook, [half double crochet into the next chain, slip stitch into the next ch,] repeat to ending with a slip stitch in the last chain, turn.

Row 2: chain 1, skip the first stitch, [slip stitch into the next stitch (the half double crochet of the row below), half double crochet into the next stitch (the slip stitch of the row below)] repeat ending with a slip stitch in the turning chain, turn.

Repeat row 2 to continue the pattern.

Crunch Stitch Tutorial – Right Handed with Pictures

1. Chain a multiple of 2 + 1starting chain crochet of 11 with a purple crochet hook

Row 1

2. slip stitch into the third chain from the hook, which counts as your first hdc (sl st into 3rd ch from hook, counts as your 1st hdc)crochet stitches with purple hook

3. half double crochet into the next chain (hdc into next ch)crochet stitches with purple hook

4. slip stitch into the next ch (sl st into the next ch)crochet stitches with purple furls hook
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the row ending with a slip stitch in the last chain, turn (repeat 3 and 4 ending with sl st in last ch, turn)

crochet stitches with purple hook

Row 2

6. chain 2, counts as your first half double crochet, skip the first stitch (ch 2, counts as your 1st hdc, sk 1st st)

crochet stitches with instructions on where to place the next st

7. slip stitch into the next stitch (the half double crochet of the row below)  (sl st into next st)

crochet stitches with purple hook

8. half double crochet into the next stitch (the slip stitch of the row below) (hdc into next st)crochet stitches with purple hook

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 ending with a slip stitch in the top of turning chain (repeat 7 and 8 ending with sl st in top of tc)

complete rows of half double crochet moss stitch

To continue the pattern, repeat row 2.

crunch stitch crochet swatch with purple furls crochet hook

Even Moss Stitch Tutorial – Right Handed with Pictures

1. Chain an even number

crochet chain with hook

Row 1

2. slip stitch into the second chain from the hook (sl st into 2nd ch from hook)crochet stitches with purple hook

3. half double crochet into the next chain (hdc into next ch)crochet stitches with purple hook

4. slip stitch into the next ch (sl st into the next ch)

crochet stitches with purple hook

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the row ending with a slip stitch in the last chain, turn (repeat 3 and 4 ending with sl st in last ch, turn)

hdc moss stitch row of crochet stitches and purple hook

Row 2

6. chain 1, skip the first stitch (ch 1, sk 1st st)

even moss stitch with instructions on where to place the next stitch

7. slip stitch into the next stitch (the half double crochet of the row below)  (sl st into next st)crochet stitches with purple hook

8. half double crochet into the next stitch (the slip stitch of the row below) (hdc into next st)crochet stitches with purple hook

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 ending with a slip stitch in the turning chain (repeat 7 and 8 ending with sl st in tc)half double crochet moss crochet stitch with purple hook

To continue the pattern, repeat row 2.

Even Moss Stitch Crochet Swatch with yarn and purple hook

Now that you know how to crochet the Crunch Stitch and how to crochet the Even Moss Stitch, do you have a favorite?  I think I prefer working the Crunch Stitch by just a bit! You can practice the Crunch Stitch in the Over the Ridge Crochet Boy Scarf and see the texture pop with the chunky yarn and fun color changes.

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