How to Knit With Foam Stitch
– Step 1: Knitting with foam stitch (flat)
– Step 2: Knitting in foam stitch (in the round)
– Step 3: The edges of the moss stitch
The moss stitch is the easiest stitch to learn in knitting. It is an ideal stitch for beginners who want to start knitting a first project, such as a scarf or snood. To knit in moss stitch, you need to know the purl stitch, one of the basic knitting stitches, and the purl stitch. Here is the method to learn how to knit in moss stitch.
1. Knitting in moss stitch (flat)
The moss stitch is a set of stitches and rows knitted from the right side when knitting with straight needles. It is a nice stitch that allows you to obtain a thicker work than on stockinette stitch and does not roll on the edges. Knowing the basic stitches, especially the right side stitch, is necessary to knit in moss stitch. Moss stitch can also be knitted in purl stitches, which allows the knitting to hold better.
On straight needles
1. Stitch the desired number of stitches. You can knit moss stitch on an even or odd number of stitches as it is not a fancy stitch.
2. Knit the first row to the right side.
◦ To knit a purl stitch, stitch the right needle into the first stitch of the left needle, placing the right needle under the left.
◦ Pull the yarn connected to the ball to the left, wrap it around the right needle, and bring it back to the right side of the work by applying tension to the yarn.
◦ Bring the right needle back under the left needle; a loop is formed.
◦ Drop the stitch from the left needle onto the right; the right side stitch is knitted.
3. Knit the following stitches right side up to the end of the row.
4. Knit the following rows right side up. Remember to keep the yarn connected to the ball on the right behind the work.
2. Knitting in moss stitch (in the round)
Blunt stitch can be knitted with circular needles when you want to knit in the round. The difference with moss stitch on circular needles is that knitting in the round is only done on the right side of the work.
The rounds are therefore knitted on circular needles by alternating a round on the right side and a round on the wrong side to form the moss stitch.
The rows are knitted from the right side on straight needles because the work is turned to each row.
Note: The moss stitch looks like wave lines and takes on the appearance of horizontal ribs when you look closely at your work. This is due to the alternating right side/near side rows visible on the front of the work.
On circular needles
1. Stitch the required number of stitches. You can use an even or odd number of stitches as you would when knitting flat with straight needles.
2. Knit the first round right side up, adding a colored yarn in the last stitch to mark the end of the round. The stitch binding-off yarn can also be used as a marker.
3. Knit the second round purl, bringing the yarn back in front of the work before knitting the first stitch.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the work is completed.
Remember: Do not forget to place the yarn connected to the ball behind the work to knit the purl round or in front of the work to knit the purl round.
On double-point needles
1. Cast on the desired number of stitches. Spread the stitches over three or four needles.
2. Knit in the same way as on circular needles, repeating steps 2 and 3 above.
3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the end of the work to form the moss stitch.
3. Edges in moss stitch
Edges are the stitches knitted at the beginning and end of a row and create the edge of a knitted fabric. They can be slipped or knitted differently to create an even and clean edge. Because moss stitch does not roll over the edges like stockinette stitch, edge stitches are not necessary. But you can still use them to form a decorative border on a work.
▪ The selvage stitch slipped right side out
◦ Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.
◦ Slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting it right side up, then knit the following stitches usually.
◦ Knit the last stitch right side up.
◦ Repeat the same actions throughout the knitting process.
▪ The purl edge stitch
◦ Place the yarn connected to the ball in front of the work.
◦ Slip the first stitch onto the right needle as if knitting purl.
◦ Knit the following stitches right side up, remembering to place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work after the first slipped stitch.
◦ Knit the last stitch to the right side.
◦ Repeat these steps on all rows of the work.
Note: This method forms a neat, even chain, helpful in knitting a piece of work with nice decorative borders.
– It is possible to create edge stitches with several stitches. Therefore, it is necessary to add two or three stitches on each side to the starting pattern unless already indicated in the explanations.
– If you want to knit the edge stitches on the moss stitch, it is essential to knit the first and last stitch tightly on the right side.