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The (sometimes confusing) backstory behind these two simple stitch patterns.
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 CreativeKnittingMagazine.com/blog. On the right-hand navigation, click on Best of the Blog, then select the post: Seed Vs. Moss Stitch: What’s the Difference?