How to Work Double Moss Stitch

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The double moss stitch pattern, also known as the Irish moss stitch, is created using only knit stitches and purl stitches. In this video, Mary Beth Temple shows you how to create this simple, and completely reversible, textured stitch pattern.


Mary Beth demonstrates the double moss stitch on a knitted swatch with an even number of stitches. This pattern is created by working over a multiple of two stitches and has a 4-row repeat. You’ll be working in a knit one, purl one pattern to create the double moss pattern.

Worked over a multiple of two stitches:

    Row 1 (RS): (K1, P1) to end.

    Row 2 (WS): (K1, P1) to end.

    Row 3: (P1, K1) to end.

    Row 4: (P1, K1) to end.

These four rows are repeated to create the double moss stitch or Irish moss stitch. Because this stitch pattern is completely reversible, Mary Beth suggests using a stitch marker in order to mark one side of your work, so that you can keep your place when you set down your knitting.

Once you have this pattern mastered, you are ready to create all sorts of beautiful projects. Because of its reversibility, this stitch pattern would be especially lovely as a knitted baby blanket or as a scarf. You’ll also be ready to tackle other gorgeous textured stitch patterns.


    RS: Right Side

    WS: Wrong Side

    K: Knit

    P: Purl

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2 Responses to “How to Work Double Moss Stitch”
  1. Robin Pomeroy
    Robin Pomeroy

    Love the miss stitch. How many stitches and needle size would you need for a scarf??

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      Hello Robin,

      It would really depend on the size of yarn and needles you were using. For example, for a worsted weight yarn, on average, you will get 4.5 stitches per inch. So, if you wanted your scarf to be 9 inches wide and you were knitting on a worsted weight yarn, you’d want 40 stitches (9×4.5=40.5, but you need an even number of stitches so I’d round down to 40).

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