Seed Stitch and Moss Stitch

Is the seed stitch and the moss stitch the same pattern? From what I have learned it depends on where you live.

Whatever you call it, they are timeless and pretty knitting stitch patterns. They're also great for beginning knitters.

All you need to know is how to knit and how to purl.

I view the seed stitch and moss stitches as variations of each other. I will be showing you how I was taught and I am sure that it will differ from others. Just have fun making these pretty stitches.

These patterns will also be handy to know because they are used in so many different ways. Try them all or pick the one you like and lets get started.

Seed Stitch

seed stitch

This is the first pattern stitch I learned and it's very simple to do. Basically it is a type of ribbing that is broken up on every row.

Just look at all those bumps. They look like seeds. It's a really nice pattern, very clean looking and the bumps add such a nice texture and feel.

Well, you just have to give it a try so you can see for yourself and squish it too. It really feels cool.

You knit the purls and purl the knits. That is you put a knit stitch over a purl stitch and a purl stitch over a knit stitch making seeds. Very simple.

Stop right here for a minute. You knit the purls and purl the knits. Hmmm

Have a quick look below to see the knit stitch on the needle and the purl stitch so you can identify them.

knit side

Remember now that the knit stitch on your knitting needle looks like little v's and it's the smooth side as in the photo on the left.

purl side

The purl side looks bumpy like this photo on the right. Thought it might help to see these stitches on the needles.

Knitting this pattern stitch is a great way for beginners to practice the knit and purl stitches and will help you learn how to identify each stitch.

The seed stitch pattern creates an allover bumpy texture. It lays flat and doesn't curl making it a nice alternative to the rib stitch. It makes a nice stretchy textured piece of fabric.

You can use seed stitch for pretty much anything and it's even reversible. It makes a really pretty border along blankets, cuffs on sleeves and socks. Seed stitch is also very pretty as an allover stitch pattern. Try using it for a hat, scarf, sweater, dishcloth, placemat, or even a pillow cover would be nice. I find it to be a very striking stitch pattern and looks really pretty.

There are a couple of ways to make this pattern so I've included both.


Use an even number of stitches

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 to end of row

Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1 to end of row

These 2 rows complete pattern


Any number of stitches

Row 1:  Knit 1, Purl 1 to end of row

Row 2:  Knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches

These 2 rows complete the pattern

Moss Stitch

moss stitch

I love this version of the moss stitch pattern. It is so simple and pretty. I can see a nice sweater in this or a blanket, well actually anything.

Knitting moss stitch is simple to do and it looks the same on both sides. I like like to use this pattern for an allover pattern rather than a border although you could use it that way if you want too. It is really very pretty.


Even number of stitches

Rows 1 and 2: K1, P1

Rows 3 and 4: P1, K1

These 4 rows make the moss stitch pattern

Double Moss Stitch

Double Moss Stitc

The double moss stitch is basically the same as the moss stitch. The only difference is that rather than K1 and P1, you will K2 and P2.

Simple right?

The double moss is very textured and has a really a nice feel to it. It's even quite stretchy. It lays flat and doesn't curl. The best thing is it's reversible too.

If you are looking for a little zing in your knitting use it for a border on a sweater or blanket.

If you use it as an allover pattern stitch I think it would make a lovely textured handbag, pillow, blanket, scarf, even a big comfy sweater .


Multiple of 4 stitches

Rows 1 and 2: K2, P2

Rows 3 and 4: P2, K2

These 4 rows make the double moss stitch pattern

Have fun with these stitch patterns. Try them all and see which ones you like. You'll see these stitch patterns a lot in knitting patterns.

Knitting stitch patterns

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