How to knit the moss stitch

Published on 17 September 2019 1 min read

In this tutorial you’ll master the superb and beautifully textured moss stitch, also known as American seed stitch. This supreme staple knitting stitch simply sees knit and purl stitches alternate to produce soft grainy puffs of material which can be used to create pretty much any project, from hats and scarves, to jumpers and cardigans!

Master these essential first stitches before you start

If this is your first time trying seed stitch use a nice chunky or super bulky chunky, so you can easily keep track of your knits and purl stitches.

How to knit moss stitch step-by-step


Row 1. Work alternate knit and purl stitches.


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


Repeat! Continue until you've knitted the desired amount of fabric and cast off. Voila!

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