Double Moss Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern

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The double Moss Stitch knitting stitch pattern is fairly easy to do and is a very effective all over textured pattern and it is also very useful for narrow panels between more complicated patterns in arans.

As with Moss Stitch, this stitch pattern is an alternating 1x1 rib pattern.  You do 2 rows in 1 x 1 rib followed by another 2 rows where you switch from knit to purl and vice versa. So instead of tidy columns of knit and purl stitches, you end up with broken columns which form the double moss stitch pattern.

Double Moss Stitch Knitting Stitch PatternDouble Moss Stitch | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

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Instructions for Double Moss Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern 

The Double Moss Stitch Knitting stitch pattern is knitted over a multiple of two stitches plus 1, and 4 rows.

1st row (right side): K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
3rd row: Repeat 2nd row.
4th row: Repeat 1st row.

Repeat these 4 rows until you reach the desired length.

Double Moss StitchDouble Moss Stitch Up Close | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

How Does Double Moss Stitch Compare to Moss Stitchand 1 x 1 Rib...

All three of these knitting stitch patterns are based on alternating between knit and purl stitches across each row but as you can see from the images below, making a slight change to the stitch you commence the row with completely changes the look of the knitted fabric.

1 x 1 rib is a two row repeat which creates a column of knit stitches with purl stitches in between.  The resulting fabric is stretchy and the knit stitch columns are the prominant feature of the stitch pattern.  

The Double Moss Stitch knitting stitch pattern starts with the same 2 rows, but also has an additional two rows in the repeat that 'breaks the columns'.  The third and fourth rows purl stitches that were knit stitches in the first two rows and knit stitches that were purl.

For Moss Stitch there is a two row repeat and the change between knit and purl happens in every row.

Isn't it cool how easily you can alter the look of your knitting with just simple alternations to your stitch pattern!

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