Are moss and seed stitch different: A video tutorial


Have you ever seen moss or seed stitch in a pattern? Many knitters wonder how these two stitches are different, and we're here to show you how it's done.

It's not uncommon for new or even experienced knitters to wonder what the difference is between moss and seed stitch. Here's the big secret: 

Moss and seed stitch are the same thing!

That's right, the same thing! Whether you call it one thing or another, it doesn't matter: this squishy textured stitch is achieved with an unbelievably simple pattern of knit and purl stitches. It's a great option for newbie knitters, and it will also teach you what knit stitches and purl stitches look like when on the needle. Many knitting instructors love moss and seed stitch for that very reason! 

What's the secret?

It's simple: cast on a multiple of 2+1 stitches, and the rows will all be knitted exactly the same. (Multiples of 2 would be 2, 4, 6, 8, and so on, and then add one more to make the pattern symmetrical.) 

If you're working on a pattern that is not symmetrical but still worked in moss and seed stitch, don't panic! The texture is easily attained on any stitch count with a k1, p1 pattern; on the next row you need to knit all purl-presenting (bump in the front) stitches, and purl all knit presenting stitches. It's as simple as that! 

Are you a knitter who prefers to see things in action? We made a short video tutorial for you! 

See? Super simple! We love this stitch for its effortless texture that can spice up an otherwise uninteresting pattern. While moss and seed stitch stretch less than stocking stitch, it's still a fabric that has plenty of give for most projects. Want to add a fun new accent to a jumper pattern you've used a million times? Replace the ribbing on the cuffs with moss stitch! 


Ready to jump in? 

There are many patterns across the knitting universe that incorporate elements of moss and seed stitch, but here are some of our all-time favorites: 
Free moss stitch cowl pattern

Free moss and seed stitch cowl pattern --> link

Child's moss and seed stitch coat knitting pattern

Plumpton: a moss and seed stitch child's coat --> link


Double moss and seed stitch women's open front cardigan knitting pattern

Double moss and seed stitch cardigan --> link

Free moss and seed stitch cushion knitting pattern

Free moss and seed stitch cushion cover --> link

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