Early on in knitting life you learn the invaluable combination of knit and purl.
If you’re knitting flat – say a scarf – you find that keeping your material just that – i.e., flat works so much better if you have what is often referred to as a seed or moss stitch – i.e., knit 1, purl 1 one row, purl 1, knit 1 the next row – repeating, so that you have a texture with raised “dots” – well, sort of.
At first seed stitch is novel, fun, exciting, maybe even a little daring.
Then you realize that your scarf on size 6 needles in seed stitch maybe wasn’t such a bright idea after all – ’cause honestly, no one wants to see you go stark raving mad! 🙂
It’s not that it’s all that bad or anything – it just – well, lacks depth.
So – enter double moss.
Not much different from seed or moss stitch – it’s just – you guessed it – double!
Let’s get started!
I’m using Ella Rae Superwash Classic on a size 8 dpn.
Cast on 30 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 2, purl 2, repeating to the end of the row.
Row 2: Slip first stitch purlwise, purl 1, knit 2, repeating with purl 2, knit 2, to the end of the row.
You know that about working flat work, right? Always slip the first stitch to provide a nice clean edge. So – if your first stitch is knit – slip it knitwise. If your first stitch is purl, slip it purlwise. Okay – just checking.
Row 3: Slip first stitch purlwise, purl 1, knit 2, repeating with purl 2, knit 2, to the end of the row.
Row 4: Slip first stitch knitwise, knit 1, purl 2, repeating with knit 2, purl 2, to the end of the row.
That’s the pattern! Just those 4 rows.
Continue to work in pattern until the square is just that – square.
An easy way to tell?
Stretch your stitches over your needle, and then fold it diagonally…
When it reaches diagonally – it’s square!
For this application – that’s about 38 rows total.
Remember to bind off in pattern.
That’s all there is to it. Total breeze, right?!
Double moss is a great way to give some lovely texture to a piece – and is great because it’s a reversible, or two-sided fabric. Would be great for a cowl, scarf, hat, sweater – pretty much anything. And of course – squares for crazy quilts!
So… I’ve got two done… now – all I need to do is finish 8 more of them!