How to knit a double moss stitch

Updated June 13, 2017

A double moss stitch requires a knowledge of how to do the knit stitch and the purl stitch. This sturdy stitch leaves the knitter with a fantastic textured look to spice up any knitted piece without a lot of effort. Also, this stitch is completely reversible, creating a work without that unsightly "wrong" side.

Choose the yarn that you want to work with and needles that match the weight of your yarn. See yarn packaging for needle size suggestions.

Cast on your stitches in multiples of 4 plus 2, in your preferred method of casting on (example: 5 x 4 = 20 + 2 = 22 stitches).

Row 1: K2, P2, rep from * to last 2 stitches, K2. Row 2: P2, K2, rep from * to last 2 stitches, P2. Row 3: Repeat row 2 Row 4: Repeat row 1.

Repeat these 4 rows until your piece reaches desired length.

Bind off, preferably using the basic bind-off.


The double moss stitch is a fun stitch to use to spice up a project that would call for your basic stockinet stitch. Try it on a dishcloth, scarf, blanket or hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
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