Seed Stitch and Moss Stitch - Pretty Stitch Variations

Is the seed stitch and the moss stitch the same pattern? The written patterns are different but they may be called something other than what I call them. From what I have learned it depends on where you live. And I've had many conversations with people over the names and the pictures themselves. 

Some people have never heard of the double moss stitch. That's OK. Double moss stitch is also called the double seed. It just depends where you live. And some people call the moss stitch what I know as the seed. It's all fine. I live in Canada and grew up with the names I've given them on this page. The main thing is to have fun knitting them.

One thing for sure, these stitch patterns have been around for a very long time. They're timeless and they're fun to knit.

And if you follow the pattern instructions I've written you will create a lovely pattern that looks like the one I'm showing you. They're all simply lovely.

I view the seed stitch and moss stitches as variations of each other. I will be showing you how I was taught which may differ from others. The important thing is to have fun making these pretty stitches.

These patterns will also be handy to know because they are used in a lot of knitting patterns in 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 textured pattern and feel.

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. What this means is you put a knit stitch over a purl stitch and a purl stitch over a knit stitch making seeds. 

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

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

Identifying knit stitches and purl stitches on your needle

Remember 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.

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. Over time you'll want to learn how to read your knitting and that's why I keep showing extra pictures.

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 wonderful textured pattern. 

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. It's such a nicely textured pattern and feels really nice.

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 Stitch

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.

It's also called the double seed stitch by some. 

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

You can use it as an allover pattern stitch too for things like a lovely textured handbag, pillow cover, blanket, scarf and 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. 

Happy Knitting!

Knitting stitch patterns