How to Knit Texture Stitch

If you can knit and purl, you can do this texture stitch known as the seed stitch, also called the British or Irish moss stitch, to add visual interest to your next project.


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Grab your needles and yarn and get ready to knit baby gifts, blankets, hats, scarves, and more.

You Will Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles


  1. Step 1

    Cast on

    Cast on an even number of stitches.

  2. Step 2

    Knit 1, purl 1

    Knit one and purl one.

  3. Step 3


    Repeat this pattern to the end of the first row.

  4. If you're using an odd number of stitches, knit one, purl one, knit one; then repeat purl one, knit one, until the end of the row.

  5. Step 4

    Start 2nd row

    Purl one and knit one to start the second row and continue this pattern until the end of row two.

  6. Step 5


    Work the following rows, alternating the patterns for rows one and two.

  7. During World War I and World War II, volunteers, along with the American Red Cross, knitted items such as socks, caps and sweaters for soldiers and war refugees overseas.