Monday 17 February 2014

Two-Colour Moss Stitch

I was in John Lewis Sheffield a couple of weeks ago, looking for a new pair of jeans, when I noticed a jumper with what looked like an interesting stitch pattern.  I examined it closely.  It was hard to tell how it was done, because it was a very fine machine knit, but I thought that it was possibly a version of moss stitch (aka seed stitch), knitted in two colours.  I've since knitted a swatch to try out a couple of ways of knitting stripes in moss stitch. 

I tried stripes of two rows in each of two colours first.  It gives a nice tweedy effect. 

Seed stitch; two row stripes; swatching; stitch patterns; knitting

The other version I tried has one row of each colour (and I think that was the stitch pattern I was trying to match).  To alternate the colour after each row, you need to use a circular needle. One colour is always at the wrong end of the row when  you want to use it, but with a circular needle, you can just slide the knitting along the needle and knit two consecutive rows in the same direction. 

Seed stitch; one row stripes; swatching; stitch patterns; knitting
Moss stitch has the advantage of being exactly the same on both sides, and also lies flat, unlike stocking stitch, so it's useful for scarves and the like.  Both of these striped moss stitch patterns would be nice in a scarf - the one row stripe has the advantage that both edges are similar, whereas in the two-row stripe, one edge has loops at one edge where the colour not in use is carried over two rows of the other colour.  

A stitch I have previously considered for multi-coloured scarves is linen stitch.  It lies flat, both sides are attractive (though not identical), and it looks good in narrow stripes.  But I have only tried swatches of linen stitch, because it is very slow to knit.   Moss stitch grows much faster, though slower than  stocking stitch.  Worth trying. 

And back in John Lewis, I did find a nice pair of jeans - reduced, too.  



  1. Hi Barbara, new reader here, just found your blog and am enjoying it very much! Just a thought... in the two-row stripe pattern, if you used a circular needle you could run one colour up each side. Of course, the loops would be different colours on each side.

    1. Thanks for the comment and suggestion about 2-row stripes. I hadn't thought of that but it's a good idea.

  2. Hi Barbara, very interested to hear about the thick wool as it's something I've always wondered about. Then I saw your moss stitch two-row stripe pattern swatch and I simply have to knit a scarf like that! Thank you!

    1. I hope you do knit a scarf - I'd love to know how it turns out. Thanks for the comment.


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