Knitting Stitches – How to Knit Moss Rib

The knit moss rib is a firm, tidy and reversible stitch.

In the image below, you will have a hard time deciding which is front or back if it wasn't written on it.

knitting stitches - how to knit moss rib


k       - Knit

p       - Purl

rep   -  repeat

st      - Stitch

sts    - Stitches

the pattern - moss rib


Cast on an even number of stitches in multiples of 4.

First row - *k3, p1* - rep from * to end

Second row - *k2,p1, k1* - rep from * to end

Repeat these two rows until your work is the desired length.

The pattern repeat is p1, k3 and k3, p1 on every altervenative row.

The effect of the moss rib is a column of knit sts, 2 columns of purls, and a column of moss sts in between. 

It pleats itself is reversible and very flexible.

The following version may be easier for you to follow:

Row 1:  k2, *p1, k3 - rep from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2.

Row 2:  p1, *k3, p1 - rep from * to end.

more about the moss rib stitch

The moss rib can be a confusing stitch to attempt at first.

It is nothing close to moss stitch, as you may know it.  To me, there is really no resemblance to moss stitch in the looks either.

Having said all of the aforegoing, the moss rib is a neat stitch and I am falling solidly in love with it!


how to knit moss rib Knitting Stitches – How to Knit Moss Rib

where to use the knit a RIBBING stitch

  • Waistlines
  • Cuffs
  • Necklines 
  • Hats 
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Hems
  • Throws

Variations on knitted ribbings

  • 1 x 1 Ribbing
  • 2 x 2 Ribbing
  • 3 x 3 Ribbing
  • Garter Stitch Rib
  • Fisherman's Rib
  • Mock Fisherman's Rib
  • Half Fisherman's Rib
  • Broken Rib Stitch
  • Ridge Rib Stitch
  • Cartridge Belt Rib Stitch
  • Farrow Rib Stitch
  • Hunters Stitch

happy knitting!

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