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Irish Moss Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

This Irish Moss Stitch Knitting Pattern is a popular vintage design. This 4-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern has a really great texture… it’s nice and squishy, too. This knitting pattern is an easy-level project created with a simple combination of knits and purls.

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Irish Moss Knit Stitch pattern on knitting needle in green color yarn with woman's hand.

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HOW TO KNIT THE IRISH MOSS STITCH

This stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.

Right and wrong sides of the Irish Moss Knit Stitch Pattern in green color yarn on knitting needle.

Step 1: Cast On Multiple of Two Stitches

Cast on knitting stitches onto your needles in multiples of 2. This determines the width of your work. My sample pictured has 28 stitches cast on. Select any number of stitches, as long as it is divisible by two.

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Step 2: Knit Rows 1 and 2

* K1, P1 *

Knit one stitch and Purl one stitch all the way down your needle for both rows one and two.

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Step 3: Knit Rows 3 and 4

* P1, K1 *

Purl one stitch and Knit one stitch all the way down your needle for both rows three and four.

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Step 4: Repeat Rows 1 Through 4

Repeat rows one through four until your work is the length you desire. Bind off when complete!

Hands demonstrating steps to knitting the Irish Moss Stitch with needles and yarn.

KNITTING MATERIALS

Feel free to use any size yarn and needles for your creative project.

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IRISH MOSS STITCH KNITTING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Is the Irish Moss Stitch a reversible pattern?

Yes, the Irish Moss Stitch is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the Right and Wrong sides, are identical. This makes a great choice for items like scarves, dishcloths, and blankets since both sides are similar.

Does the Irish Moss Stitch curl or lie flat?

Because this stitch alternates knit and purl stitches on all rows, it easily lies flat. You may wish to block your work, however it is not necessary since the fabric does not curl up.

Is the Irish Moss Stitch the same as the American Moss Stitch?

Yes, the Irish Moss Stitch is a four-row repeat that is also referred to as the American Moss Stitch.

What’s the difference between the Irish Moss and British Moss Stitches?

The Irish Moss Stitch is a four-row repeat of one knit and one purl (* K1, P1 *) for two rows, then one purl and one knit (* P1, K1 *) for the last two rows. However, the British Moss Stitch is similar to the Seed Stitch in a two-row repeat.

Is the Irish Moss Stitch the same as the Double Moss Stitch?

These two stitch patterns are similar in that they are both four-row repeats. However, these are different patterns because the Irish Moss Stitch has a pattern repeat with K1, P1 while the Double Moss Stitch repeats with K2, P2 in alternating rows.


KNIT STITCH: 50 KNIT + PURL PATTERN BOOK

Find the Irish Moss Stitch on page 22 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book. Get your free printable pattern further down in this post!

Knit Stitch Pattern Book with Hurdle and Irish Moss Stitch Patterns

IRISH MOSS STITCH KNITTING PATTERN
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Irish Moss Knit Stitch pattern in green color yarn.

Irish Moss Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Irish Moss Knit Stitch Pattern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner
Estimated Cost: Knitter's Choice

The Irish Moss Knit Stitch is a 4-Row Repeat, Reversible pattern.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On: Multiples of 2

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): * K1, P1 *
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): * K1, P1 *
  3. Row 3: * P1, K1 *
  4. Row 4: * P1, K1 *

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On: Multiples of 2

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): * K1, P1 *
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): * K1, P1 *
  3. Row 3: * P1, K1 *
  4. Row 4: * P1, K1 *

Notes

Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until your piece is the length you desire.

Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

4-Row Repeat

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES

  1. Slip Knot 
  2. CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  3. K = Knit Stitch 
  4. P = Purl Stitch
  5. BO = Bind Off
  6. Weave In Ends

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KNITTING CHART

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