How to knit the (Double) Moss Stitch

This post is sponsored by Clover USA

moss stitch

Intrigued by the moss stitch?

Me too! Before we dive into the tutorial for knitting the moss stitch, there’s one thing we need to clear up first – the name. To make matters a tad bit confusing, the moss stitch, American moss stitch and double moss all mean the same thing depending on where you are from. In places outside of the US, the moss stitch is actually what we know as the seed stitch. I wouldn’t get too hung up on these little details. Just be sure to know exactly which moss stitch your pattern refers to.

For my demonstration today I’ll be using Clover’s Takumi Interchangeable set, a brand new addition to my knitting collection. If you’re looking for a very nice interchangeable set, look no further. From the customized zipper case to the flexible cords, this set is most valued in my collection!

moss stitch

I personally love using a solid color yarn for the (double) moss stitch. This way the stitch takes the show! However, variegated yarns are quite beautiful when paired with a textured stitch like the moss stitch. The focus will be more on the texture and color but if that is your goal, the (double) moss stitch is the perfect way to go.

How to knit the (double) moss stitch

To demonstrate just how easy this stitch is to master, I’ve prepared a video tutorial that will walk you through the process when knitting flat (in rows) or when knitting in the round.

I recommend you take a look at my tutorial How to Knit the (Double) Moss Stitch first and then follow up with the written instructions below. It’s much easier to see a technique, get a feel for it and then make the connection with the written pattern.

This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version. Click on the link below to be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.

How to Knit the (Double) Moss Stitch with Brittany – Left-Handed


Practice Makes Perfect Better

The (double) moss stitch is a great beginner stitch. You will have the opportunity to build on the foundation of knits and purls you already have and will be able to add the element of row repeats to your repertoire.

Make a few swatches before you dive into a full project. Then, once you have the hang of the repeat and being able to “read” what row comes next, try a simple project like a wash cloth!

(Double) Moss Stitch Pattern

I’m a huge advocate for learning how to read a pattern. Even though there are a ton of tutorials at your fingertips, eventually, you’ll come across a pattern you want to make and a tutorial isn’t available. My job here is not only to inspire you but to give you the tools you need to succeed!

Watch the tutorial again, only this time follow along with the written instructions below. Then start training your eye to make the connection between what you’re reading and what you’re seeing.


  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • Rep – Repeat


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Written Instructions

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Row 1: *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of row

Row 2: *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of row

Row 3: *P1, K1. Rep from * to end of row

Row 4: *P1, K1. Rep from * to end of row

Repeat rows 1-4 until your project reaches desired length.

Special note!

You can work the (double) moss stitch by flipping the repeat. In other words you can P1, K1 for rows 1 and 2 and K1, P1 for rows 3 and 4 and the pattern will look the same!


I’m here to help!

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Also, I do highly recommend that you try Clover Takumi Needles and this interchangeable set. Not just because they are my sponsor for this resource but because it really is a great set. Imagine how nice it could be to have every size knitting needle you will ever need! You can buy the Clover Takumi Interchangeable set at many craft stores and of course, directly from Amazon.


Ps. the links on this page for the Clover Takumi Interchangeable set are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you purchase after clicking one of these links. I appreciate your support!

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