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Old 12-14-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Moss in even stitch pattern
Hello,

I am a bit new at knitting. I am knitting a baby blanket for my best friend. I am using several different colors and different stiches for the pattern so I am knitting a bunch of different squares and then sewing them together with mattress sts. Simular to this: http://www.spudandchloe.com/blog/201...-free-pattern/

But I am not knitting it row by row, I am doing individual squares.
In my pattern, i figured out that each squares will be 16 sts CO by 16 rows. Here is the problem, I really want to use Moss stitch but it is in multiple of 2 sts plus 1.

How can I modify the moss stitch for an even number of stitches so that all my squares will be the same size? Or am I just completely overthinking it and there is an easier way to complete the pattern?

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Old 12-14-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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Moss stitch is usually a multiple of 2. K1 p1 then on the following rows purl the knits and knit the purls (as they appear on the needle, not what you did to them on the next row). That's also called seed stitch in the US and the US moss stitch could be k1 p1 for 2 rows then p1 k1 for 2 rows.

Can you write out the stitch pattern that has you using a multiple of 2 plus 1? It may be that's not really moss stitch, or the extra stitch is a selvedge st.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Can you write out the stitch pattern that has you using a multiple of 2 plus 1? It may be that's not really moss stitch, or the extra stitch is a selvedge st.
Hi! Thanks for the quick reply!

I got this method from Readers Digest: The Essential Stitch Collection:

Moss Stitch
"Multiple of 2 sts plus 1"

"1st row (RS) [K1, p1] to last st, k1.
2nd row [P1, k1] to last st, p1.
3rd row [P1, k1] to last st, p1.
4th row [K1, p1] to last st, k1.
These 4 rows form the pattern"

I am also using Seed stitch for my blanket, according to the same book it is written as follows:

Seed Stitch
"Multiple of 2 sts plus 1"

"1st row (RS) [K1, p1] to last st, k1.
2nd row As 1st row.
These two rows from the pattern"

"Note: Over an even number of stitches, work [k1, p1] to the end of the first row then [p1, k1] along the second row."
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:21 PM   #4
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The extra stitch is so that both sides will end with a knit stitch. Essentially with seed stitch you always knit the purls and purl the knits so if you do that it doesn't matter how many stitches you have really. With the moss st you do two rows the same and then switch the stitches. As long as you keep that set up the number doesn't really matter.
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You can drop the last k1 or p1 off the moss stitch pattern. So to do the Moss pattern -
R1 and 2, k1, p1
R3 and 4, p1 k1

It will look like 2 rows of k1 p1 ribbing, then switch to 2 rows of p1 k1 ribbing.
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Ok That makes sense. Thank you both very much!
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One other thing to consider is that different patterns produce different gauges so you might end up with widely varied sized pieces unless you change needle size, if you haven't already considered this.
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