Moss and seed stitches are two different but very similar stitches that are used in knitting. They are, however, not the only stitches that are used. There are tonnes of stitches used all over the world such as garter, ribbing, stockinette, purl ridge and linen stitches. Most of these are textured stitches similar to moss and seed stitches. This article will address two main issues. The first is to demystify the difference between these two stitches. Secondly, it will answer the basic question, which stitch is better? The moss versus stitch discussion begins now.
For those who are completely new to knitting, it is composed of two basic processes; knitting and purling. First, you master the knit stitch which is the first stitch you need to learn. This is then followed by a purl which upgrades the knit to the next level. Purling is the second step where you insert a second crochet needle and begin to create your garment. As you learn, note the differences between a purl and a knit. This will come in handy when learning advanced knits such as the seed and moss. In case you forget where you are, looking at your stitches will help identify this.
The seed stitch is interestingly called the moss stitch by the English. This can be confusing for new knitters because they are also similar in terms of their knit patterns. The seed stitch lends a nice sophisticated-looking texture to a garment. The best part is that it is not necessarily so difficult to do once you are well versed in the basic knit and purl sequence described above. The basic seed stitch sequence goes like this: First you knit a whole row depending on your preferred length then you purl and knit consecutively until you get to the end. In the second row, the sequence is the same except you now knit the purls and proceed to purl the knits. Perfect. Repeat this process until you achieve your desired length.
The Moss Stitch
This stitch is a variation of the seed stitch. Once you have mastered the seed stitch, the moss stitch will be easy to tackle. Just like in the seed stitch, the moss stitch involves starting with a basic knit of whatever desired length, and then proceeding to start the first row in a purl and knit sequence. However, unlike the seed stitch, you repeat the purl and knit in the second row as well. Once you get to the third row you can now do the reverse and knit and purl. Same goes for the fourth row. Easy. You can now create a scarf or blanket using the moss stitch.
Next, let’s look at some of the differences between seed and moss stitches. The first identifiable difference between a moss stitch and a seed stitch is the texture. The seed stitch is bulkier than the moss stitch which makes the moss stitch appear neater. The second difference is in the technique as was observed in the explanations for the individual stitches above. The seed stitch is easy to remember because it alternates after only one row while the moss is slightly more complex but can be easily mastered with practice. The third difference is that although a bit harder to actually knit, the moss stitch gives the garment a simple look because it is less bulky as explained. It is best used in simple items such as a basic scarf or a small baby blanket. Both stitches can be used on borders or hems or just on their own making them very flexible. The seed stitch does not curl on the edges which are great. This is because of how bulky it is. In terms of graphics, the moss stitch looks more artistic and patterned than the seed stitch.
Moss versus Seed Stitch
Picking between these two stitches depends on preference. If you are into something bulky, go with the seed stitch and if you want something that is more flat, neat and compact then go for the moss stitch. In addition, if you are just starting out, start with the seed stitch, complete a garment and then try out the moss stitch. It will be much easier this way. The seed stitch also has more stretch than the moss stitch. Based on all of these, pick your most preferred considering your experience and desired outcome.