Moss Stitch Diamonds

Double moss stitch creates the texture inside the diamonds of this pattern and these diamonds are, in turn, linked by vertical lines of reverse stocking stitch worked within the stocking stitch background. This creates a great overall texture, which could be used for a complete garment.

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This is how the instructions for Moss diamonds would be given in a pattern:
1st row: (RS) *(k3, p1) twice, k1, p1, rep from * to last 7 sts, k3, p1, k3.
2nd row: *(P3, k1) twice, p1, k1, rep from * to last 7 sts, p3, k1, p3.
3rd row: K2, p1, k1, p1, *(k3, p1) twice, k1, p1, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
4th row: P2, k1, p1, k1, *(p3, k1) twice, p1, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
5th row: (K1, p1) 3 times, *(k2, p1) twice, (k1, p1) twice, rep from * to last stitch, k1.
6th row: (P1, k1) 3 times, *(p2, k1) twice, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * to last st, p1.
7th row: As 3rd row.
8th row: As 4th row.
9th row: As 1st row.
10th row: As 2nd row.
11th row: K3, p1, *k2, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
12th row: P3, k1, *p2, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p2, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
These twelve rows form the pattern and are repeated for a certain number of repeats or a given measurement.

Step 1

1

Cast on the required number of stitches. The pattern is worked over multiples of ten stitches plus seven. On the first row, which is the right side, knit three and purl one twice, then knit one and purl one. Repeat this sequence to the last seven stitches then knit three, purl one and knit three.

Step 2

2

On the second row, work the following sequence: purl three and knit one twice, then purl one and knit one. Repeat this sequence to the last seven stitches, then purl three, knit one and purl three.

Step 3

3

On the third row, begin with knit two, purl one, knit one and purl one. Then knit three and purl one twice, knit one and purl one and repeat this to the last two stitches. Knit two.

Step 4

4

Begin the fourth row with purl two, knit one, purl one and knit one. Repeat a sequence of purl three and knit one twice, purl one and knit one to the last two stitches. Purl two.

Step 5

5

The fifth row begins with knit one and purl one three times. Then repeat a sequence of knit two and purl one twice, and knit one and purl one twice to the last stitch. Knit one.

Step 6

6

Start the sixth row with purl one and knit one three times. Then repeat a sequence of purl two and knit one twice and purl one and knit one twice to the last stitch. Purl one.

Step 7

7

Work the seventh row as the third row, the eighth row as the fourth row, the ninth row as the first row and the tenth row as the second row.

Step 8

8

For the eleventh row, knit three and purl one. Then repeat a sequence of knit two, purl one and knit one twice, purl one, knit two and purl one to the last three stitches. Knit three.

Step 9

9

For the final row of the pattern, purl three and knit one. Then repeat a sequence of purl two, knit one and purl one twice, knit one, purl two and knit one to the last three stitches. Purl three.