Double Moss Stitch (Free Knitting Pattern For Beginners)


In this blog post, you will see how to knit the double moss stitch and a free knitting pattern for beginners.

The double moss stitch is a simple pattern that creates a beautifully textured fabric with little effort.

This free knitting pattern is easy to follow and great for beginners looking to practice their knitting skills.

Whether you’re making it for yourself or as a gift, this dishcloth will add a touch of handmade charm to any kitchen.

So grab your knitting needles, and let’s get started!

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Double Moss Stitch (Free Knitting Pattern For Beginners)

What Is Double Moss Pattern?    

Double moss stitch, or double seed stitch, is a textured knitting stitch pattern that creates a fabric with a raised, bumpy surface. 

It is a variation of the basic moss or seed stitch, alternating knit and purl stitches to create a subtle textured pattern.

Double Moss Stitch Pattern

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Knitting a dishcloth using the double moss stitch is a wonderful choice for creating a textured, dense fabric that’s perfect for scrubbing.

This stitch pattern, also known as the double seed stitch, alternates between knits and purls across two rows and then switches for the next two rows, providing a delightful texture that’s also visually appealing.

With very little effort, you can create a dishcloth with a little texture from leftover cotton yarns in your stash.

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Size Information

Finished Size – 26 x 26 cm/10 x 10 inches.

Gauge – 16 sts x 26 rows = 4 × 4 inches/10 x 10 cm in the pattern.

Gauge is not critical for a dishcloth, but you can aim for a gauge of around 4 stitches per inch to ensure the cloth isn’t too loose or too tight.

The Supplies You Need…


  • 1 x ball of The Pima Cotton yarn from We Are Knitters.
  • This yarn is 3.5 oz/100g/232 yds/212 m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • You can make 2 dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.
  • Or – 1 x 50g cotton yarn suitable for 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles or 5 mm (US 8) needles.
  • Any DK/light worsted/8 ply yarn or Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • I would recommend using cotton.

Needle Size

Knitting needles (size US 7 or 8 / 4.5mm or 5 mm (US 8) Knitting needles usually work well with medium-weight cotton yarn)


  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch markers x 2
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Knitting Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place a marker
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Video Tutorial (Free Video Instructions)

Check out the double moss stitch pattern step-by-step video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

You will see step-by-step instructions showing you how to create this lovely texture.

Double Moss Stitch Dishcloth Pattern Instructions

  • Cast On:
    • Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches (an even number of stitches). For a standard-sized dishcloth, casting on 46 stitches is a good start. I added six edge stitches. (40 + 6 – 46).
  • Set-Up Rows:
    • Rows 1-6: Knit all stitches. These rows set the foundation for your pattern and create a neat edge.
  • Begin Double Moss Stitch Pattern: This is a 4-row repeat.
  • Row 1 (RS) – K3, PM, *K2, P2* to the last 3 sts, PM, K3
  • Row 2 (WS) – K3, SM, *K2, P2* to the marker, SM, K3.
  • Row 3: K3, SM, *P2, K2* to the marker, SM, K3.
  • Row 4: K3, SM, *P2, K2* to the marker, SM, K3.
  • Continue the Pattern:
    • Rep rows 1-4 (slipping the markers as you work) until the piece measures 24 cm/9.5 inches from the cast-on edge.
    • The double moss stitch will produce a great texture that is perfect for cleaning.
  • Finishing Rows and Bind Off:
    • Knit 6 rows to create a garter stitch border at the top.
    • Bind off/cast off all stitches knitwise on the right side. This ensures a neat edge.
  • Finishing:
    • Cut the yarn, leaving a long enough tail to weave in with a tapestry needle.
    • Weave in all ends securely to prevent them from unraveling during use or washing.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

Double moss dishcloth pattern

Everything You Need To Know About The Double Moss Stitch

What is the difference between moss stitch and double moss stitch?   

Moss stitch and double moss stitch are both textured knitting stitch patterns, but they differ in the number of rows it takes to complete a full pattern repeat and the arrangement of knit and purl stitches.

In moss stitch, you alternate between knit and purl stitches on every row. It creates a subtle, bumpy texture and is often used for borders, cuffs, or entire fabric for a classic look.

Is double moss stitch reversible? 

Yes, double moss stitch, also known as double seed stitch or double Irish moss stitch, is a reversible pattern. 

This stitch pattern is created by alternating knit and purl stitches in a specific sequence across rows.

The result is a textured fabric with a subtle raised pattern on both sides, making it reversible. 

This makes double moss stitch a great choice for scarves, blankets, and other projects where both sides of the fabric will be visible. 

The reversible nature of the stitch adds versatility to the finished piece. 

Make a new heirloom today.

Related Post: 30 Reversible Knitting Stitch Patterns You Will Love!

Double moss stitch close up

What can you make with the double moss stitch?

The double moss, with its stitch texture and reversible nature, is an ideal choice for crafting a variety of cozy and visually appealing knit items. 

One popular option is scarves, cowls, and shawls, where the stitch pattern’s texture adds depth and interest, making for a stylish accessory suitable for various occasions. 

Additionally, the double moss stitch works exceptionally well for blankets and afghans, providing not only warmth but also a visually intriguing design on both sides of the fabric. 

This makes it a versatile choice for those who appreciate the aesthetic of a textured pattern and desire a finished piece that looks inviting from any angle. 

Whether you’re creating garments, accessories like hats and pillows, or functional items like dishcloths, the double moss stitch offers a timeless and adaptable stitch pattern for a wide range of knitting projects.

Check out the free knitting patterns category for even more great ideas – Free Knitting Patterns

double moss stitch dishcloth

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to bind off, how to knit the basic stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, how to fix knitting mistakes, and a list of knitting abbreviations (UK + US terms), and more. 

For easier projects, check out this pattern category. There, you will find a range of knitting patterns- Beginner Knitters

Plus, learn everything about the different yarn weights here, including ( worsted yarn, chunky yarn, super bulky yarn, and more) – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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Happy Knitting!

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