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The (some­times con­fus­ing) back­story be­hind these two sim­ple stitch pat­terns.

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As knit­ters, we know these stitch pat­terns very well be­cause they are the first we learned, and they are the ba­sis for many other pat­tern el­e­ments and edg­ings. The stitch pat­terns are also re­versible, mak­ing them a prac­ti­cal choice for scarves and items that we want to look pretty on both sides. Sim­i­lar to garter stitch and other re­versible stitch pat­terns, seed stitch and moss stitch both pro­duce a dense, durable knit­ted fab­ric.

Seed stitch and Bri­tish moss stitch are one in the same—you knit 1, purl 1 across the row, and then re­verse this on the op­po­site side by knit­ting the purls and purl­ing the knits.

Amer­i­can moss stitch is what we com­monly re­fer to in the U.S. as just “moss stitch,” and it is slightly dif­fer­ent from seed stitch as you’ll learn be­low in this brief overview.

Seed/Bri­tish moss stitch: With its lovely al­ter­nat­ing purl bumps, it looks much like seeds scat­tered on a field, which is where it got its name. The stitch pat­tern is made by work­ing one knit stitch fol­lowed by one purl stitch and re­peat­ing this across the row. On the next row, start with a purl stitch, fol­lowed by a knit stitch. That way, there’s al­ways a purl stitch stacked on top of a knit stitch as shown in the photo above.

Amer­i­can moss stitch: In the United States, we sim­ply call this moss stitch. Un­like seed stitch, moss stitch cre­ates a more elon­gated stitch. Rows 1 and 2 be­gin with a knit 1, fol­lowed by purl 1, knit 1 re­peated across the row. Rows 3 and 4 be­gin with a purl 1, fol­lowed by knit 1, purl 1 re­peated across the row.

To read the full blog post, get the stitch pat­terns, and watch the video, visit CreativeKn­it­tingMagazi­ On the right-hand nav­i­ga­tion, click on Best of the Blog, then se­lect the post: Seed Vs. Moss Stitch: What’s the Dif­fer­ence?

Moss Stitch

Seed Stitch

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