Seed Stitch, Moss Stitch – Pretty Stitch Variations


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

Whatever you want to call them, they are timeless and pretty knitting stitch patterns. They’re also great for beginning knitters because all you need to know is how to knit and how to purl.

I view the seed stitch and moss stitches as simple pattern variations of each other. The names I call them may differ from what you know them as but the main thing is to just have fun making these pretty knitting stitches. That’s what it’s all about.

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 start knitting.

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.

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. This must sound very confusing. What it means is that on one row you will knit one and purl one across the row. Then on the next row you’re going to purl one and knit one. And what this does is create the seed stitch pattern. Where you knit a stitch on the previous row, you’re going to make a purl stitch over it and that creates the seed.

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

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. For the seed stitch, when you come to a V you’re going to purl over it to make the seed stitch. What I mean is you’re going to purl the next stitch. It puts the purl stitch over the knit stitch


The purl side looks bumpy like this photo on the right. And when you come to a purl bump on your needle you’re going to knit over it. What I mean is you’ll knit the stitch on your needle. You’ll be putting a knit stitch over a purl stitch.


I really hope it helps to see the stitches on the needles.

Knitting this seed stitch pattern 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.

Seed Stitch Pattern Even Number Of Stitches

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

Seed Stitch Pattern Any Number Of Stitches

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 stitchI 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 stitchThe 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’re 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 it would make a lovely textured handbag, pillow, blanket, scarf, even a big comfy sweater. Lovely, simply lovely.


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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6 thoughts on “Seed Stitch, Moss Stitch – Pretty Stitch Variations


  1. I just wanted to thank you for putting together a site that breaks all this down in plain English. Thanks to you, I tried a rib knit and the double moss stitch with great success.

    1. You’re very welcome Alex. It’s my pleasure. I’m so glad to hear that my site is helping you and also happy to hear that you’re doing so well with the stitch patterns. That’s great. Happy Knitting! 🙂

    1. Hello. Yes I’ve heard that before. However, the images do match the pattern instructions according to my references here in Canada. I understand that the wording on these stitch patterns changes a bit in the UK though. But you have to admit, they’re all lovely stitch patterns no matter what you call them. Happy Knitting!

      1. The image for ‘double moss stitch’ shows k1,p1 with a row above reflecting this. So it’s doubled vertically.
        Not the same as the K2 P2 in the text.

        1. Hello Fid. The double moss stitch is indeed made by the stitch pattern I present and it ends up looking exactly the way it does in my photo. I understand what you’re saying however when you try it you’ll see that it turns out the same as the photo. Happy Knitting!

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