The Moss stitch is a really great stitch, as well as having an interesting texture, it produces a lovely flat fabric which doesn’t curl, so is ideal for projects like blankets and shawls that you want to stay flat. It’s really easy to work, so here’s how you do it.
Cast on an odd number of stitches. I like to use the thumb method as I think it gives a really neat cast on edge.
I have cast on 15 stitches using 6mm needles and Deramores Studio Chunky.
For your first row, knit the first stitch, then purl the second stitch. Repeat this across the row until you get to the last stitch, then knit the last stitch.
That’s your first row of moss stitch complete.
Now you simply repeat that row. Knit the first stitch, purl the second stitch, repeat this to the last stitch, then knit the last stitch.
Once you have worked a few rows you will see the moss stitch pattern take shape.
If you lose your place and forget which stitch to work next, there’s a really easy way to tell.
If there’s a small bump below the next stitch, then you should knit this next stitch.
If there’s a small v-shaped stitch below the next stitch, then you should purl this next stitch.
When you have knitted to the desired length, you can cast off in moss stitch. Here is the finished sample.
If you need to work over an even number of stitches, it’s slightly different, but just as straightforward.
For your first row, knit the first stitch, purl the second stitch and repeat this across the row.
For your second row, purl the first stitch, knit the second stitch and repeat this across the row.
Repeat these two rows until your work is the desired length.