I'm writing an introduction to knitting ebook over my Christmas break, and I've started on one of the first beginner projects: a moss stitch scarf. I usually gravitate towards patterns with a little more variation in stitches, but working on this scarf has made me realize that simplicity goes a long way.
Moss stitch is a great stitch for beginners. It helps them begin to tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch, and is very forgiving when they inevitably make a mistake. A moss stitch scarf is perfect for knitters who are just starting out because you don't have to keep track of what row you are on, know how to increase or decrease, or worry about double pointed needles. You only need to be able to tell the difference between a knit and a purl, and be able to count to two!
This scarf is knit up with a heavier worsted weight yarn on size 11 needles, but this pattern will work with pretty much any type of yarn and the proper needle size! I prefer a needle size a couple sizes larger than recommended on the yarn packaging so that the gauge is loose and flexible.
Here's the pattern for this scarf:
Cast on 28 stitches using the long tail method
**Optional: slip the last stitch of every row. This creates a nicer edge to the scarf. If the first stitch of the next row is knit, work moss stitch until last stitch, bring yarn to front, and slip the last stitch. If the first stitch of the next row is purl, work moss stitch until last stitch, bring yarn to back, and slip the last stitch. Don't worry about it if you think that one more thing to keep track of will mess you up. It's more important to love what you're knitting - especially when you're learning!
Row 1: *knit, purl* across
Row 2: repeat row 1
Row 3: *purl, knit* across
Row 4: repeat row 3
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length!