Stitch In Focus – Hand Knitting: Moss Stitch/Seed Stitch

What is it?

Moss stitch (or Seed stitch as it is know in the USA) is comprised of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. As the name suggests, the resulting fabric looks like little scattered seeds.

Seed stitch naturally lies flat (similar to garter stitch), making it perfect for edgings, borders and cuffs. The fabric also looks the same on the face and back, making it a great choice for accessories or pieces where both sides are visible.


Stitch pattern:

Moss stitch is easiest worked over an even number of stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1; repeat.

Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1; repeat. 

The trick is to purl the knits, and knit the purls of the previous row; thus forming the tiny ‘seeds’.

To create ‘Double Moss Stitch/Seed Stitch’; knit two repeats of row 1, then two repeats of row 2 to form the pattern.


Double Moss/Seed Stitch.

Favorite patterns that feature Moss stitch/Seed Stitch:


Purl Soho’s ‘Amazing Seed Stitch Wrap’.

Seed Hat2

‘Seed Stitch Hat’ by Nataliya Galifianakis

Seed Hat

Stephen West

‘Jag in Seed Stitch’, by Stephen West.


‘Double Seed Stitch Blanket’, by Purl Soho.

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