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How to Knit the Moss Stitch | Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series Part 9

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Hello and welcome to Part 9 of the Learn to Knit Stitch Series! In this post, you'll learn how to knit the moss stitch- almost like a cross between the seed stitch and 1x1 ribbing (we cover both of those in the previous post, part 8 of the series). You can also think of it as an "elongated" seed stitch (you'll understand more later). The moss stitch is knitted differently with an even and odd number of stitches, so be sure to stick around until the end!

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The moss stitch is an American term for the stitch pictured above. For the British folks out there, this would be called the double moss stitch. I know, British versus American stitch terms can get very confusing (that goes for crochet stitches too) but don't worry about it.

Aside from that, you'll notice that this stitch (as mentioned earlier) is very similar to both the 1x1 ribbing and seed stitch. I highly suggest reading that post before going into this one!

Personally, I find it interesting how different knitting the moss stitch with even rows is from knitting it with odd rows. There is much less to memorize and keep track of with the latter, but I digress- there isn't much you need to know (as for the introduction) before learning this one.


If you've been following along and already have these preferred supplies for the course, skip this.

If you're here for the first time (welcome), read through our in-depth review about the beginner materials linked below. We absolutely love these supplies and recommend them, hands down.

When you have the yarn, knitting needles, scissors, and tapestry needle, you can get started using the instructions below.

How to Knit the Moss Stitch (With an Even Stitch Number)

1. Cast-on an even number of stitches

In this example, we did twenty.

2. Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, and repeat until the end of the row

3. Repeat step 2

At this point, your work should resemble the 1x1 rib stitch.

4. Purl 1, knit 1, and repeat until the end of the row

5. Repeat step 4

Notice how the third and fourth rows are the same as the first two rows, but each stitch is moved over by one.

6. Repeat steps 2-5 until your project reaches the desired length

Below you'll find instructions on how to knit the seed stitch by casting on an odd number of stitches. Be careful! You could easily get a different stitch with the right mistake.

How to Knit the Seed Stitch (With an Odd Number of Stitches)

1. Cast on an odd number of stitches

2. Knit 1, purl 1, repeat until the last stitch, and end with a knit

3. Repeat step 2 until your project reaches the desired length

That's all there is to it! As always, feel free to ask questions via email ( or the comments down below. You can also let us know of your questions (or even show off your work) at Love & Crochet's Pinterest. We'd love to see how you did!

As a heads up, our last post for the Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series is coming up next week. We'll provide tons of ideas for what to do with your lingering swatches, and guide you to next-level projects using what you've learned so far! For those of you hoping for an intermediate knitting course (on the blog), we can assure you that sometime in the near future you will find one at Love & Crochet. In the time being we have to cut off at the beginner stages, but that should give you just enough time to practice everything you've learned.

See you next week in the big finale for the Beginner Knit Stitch Series!

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