The moss stitch is an easy stitch to work with, as it requires only the most basic knitting skills: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and casting off. The moss stitch lies flat and creates a piece with an organic texture toit, but it is more even-looking and refined than the garter stitch.
Begin by casting on the desired amount of stitches desired for the width of your piece. You must choose an odd number of stitches in order to successfully knit using the moss stitch.
Knit Row #1 as follows: knit 1, purl 1. Take care to move the string of yarn from front to back & vice versa between each stitch. Repeat until there is one stitch remaining on your left needle. Knit the final stitch.
Knit Row #2 exactly as Row #1.
Knit Row #3 as follows: purl 1, knit 1. Repeat until there is one stitch remaining on your left needle. Purl the final stitch.
Knit Row #4 exactly as Row #3.
Keep in mind that since the pattern is every other, it is easy to re-orient yourself within the row by counting back, or looking at your freshly stitched stitches.
Continue until you have reached the end of your garment and cast off.
Enjoy your garment!
It is easy to get distracted and forget where you are row-wise, when you are knitting using the moss stitch. Here is a simple system that uses a marked set of needles that can fix this problem.
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