Moss Stitch or Seed Stitch?

Many will say that seed stitch is another name for moss stitch.

You may hear some question whether it is the Irish or American method or maybe a British Moss.

You may find instructions that tell you how many stitches to cast on and what sequence of knit and purl stitches to use on each row. And then alternate row instructions...

If you find all of this somewhat confusing, congratulations! It is confusing.

Call these patterns whatever you want but let's find the easiest method of creating the pattern we want.

Making It Simple

This is the most basic pattern.

In this example, you may find the easiest method to create this pattern is:

  • Knit one stitch, Purl one stitch across the row.

  • Turn your work and Knit the Purl Stitches and Purl the Knit Stitches.

Pretty simple? No need to count rows or cast on odd or even stitches.

This pattern adds a bit of flare.

In this example, you may find the easiest method to create this pattern is:

  • Knit one stitch, Purl one stitch across the first row.

  • Turn your work and Knit the Knit Stitches and Purl the Purl Stitches on the second row.
  • Next row, Knit the Purl Stitches and Purl the Knit Stitches.


Just keep alternating rows of Knit the Knits, Purl the Purls, then Knit the Purls and Purl the Knits.

In this manner, you don't need to count rows and remember which sequence you did last.

And then there is the Double Moss Stitch...

This pattern is more loosely structured than the "Moss Stitch" but is just as simple!

  • Knit two stitches, Purl two stitches across the first row.

  • Turn your work and Knit the Knit Stitches and Purl the Purl Stitches for 2 rows.

  • Next 2 rows, Knit the Purl Stitches and Purl the Knit Stitches.

Just keep alternating this sequence of Knit the Knits, Purl the Purls, for two rows, then Knit the Purls and Purl the Knits for 2 rows.

Common Uses

These stitch patterns are very useful for edging a stockinette pattern. It keeps the "curl" away!

Edging a blanket or scarf are pretty common uses.

If you just want to practice some of these patterns, you might consider using a washable yarn and make some cute infant wash cloths.

Beside the fact that it doesn't curl, it's reversible!

They can make a great gift or package them up and offer them to a charity organization.

So, get out those needles and have some fun and...


Keep On Knitting!

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