How to Knit the Double Moss Stitch

The Double Moss stitch is a beautiful and very simple stitch that creates pretty little boxes of knit and purl.  This stitch is often seen on gorgeous traditional Irish Aran sweaters, and I just love its appearance.  It is reversible and won’t roll or curl up on the edges.

Here’s the basic sequence, and we’ll go through it together too:

(Multiple of 4 stitches)

Row 1: K2, P2 across row to end

Row 2: Repeat Row 1

Row 3: P2, K2 across row to end

Repeat Row 3

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length is reached

Note: When working both knit and purl in the same row, always remember to bring the yarn forward when working the purl stitches.

For our little swatch here, cast on 16 stitches (a multiple of 4),

Work rows 1-4 until piece is desired length…here is what the first repeat will look like (the first 4 rows),

After just a few repeats of the stitch sequence, you can see the sweet little boxes begin to appear.

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7 thoughts on “How to Knit the Double Moss Stitch

  1. I love double moss stitch, but I have to admit as much as I like moss stitch it takes a lot of time.
    Hugs and beautiful colored yarn,

  2. Jennifer, I found your Double moss stitch tutorial I googled 'K2, P2 across row to end'. I've been using this beautiful and easy 'double moss stitch' for years, I had no idea what it was called or if it even had a name. I looked it up only because I want to write a pattern with the stitch and was curious if had a name. Thank you for this tutorial.


  3. Hi I'm having problems when doing it in a pattern its says double moss stich 7 stitches do I do them all the same in 1 row

  4. I have been looking for a pattern to match a cowl that I just love. I think this is it! Am thrilled it is a simple pattern since I am have limited knitting skills. Can't wait to give it a try on circular needles. Thanks so much! 🙂

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