The seed stitch is one of the most simple knitting stitch patterns and involves alternating knit and purl stitches on the same row. It creates a lovely reversible fabric that doesn’t ruffle. If you can knit and purl, you can knit the seed stitch pattern.
The seed stitch is one of my favorite elements to use when designing knit patterns. I use it on the edges of my blankets and washcloths. Because the seed stitch lies flat, it will help all knit patterns lie flat when used on the edge. Even when I plan to add a crochet border to a blanket, like this Cloverleaf Baby Blanket, I like to add a knit seed stitch border first. It serves to blend the knit blanket body and the crochet edge. I also use it for knitters who don’t like to crochet so that the blanket already has a lovely seed stitch border.
I also like the texture that the little bumps of seed stitch add and the fact that it is a reversible knit pattern.
A reversible knit pattern looks the same on the front and the back. Stocking stitch (or stockinette), for example, is not reversible. There is clearly the knit side and the purl side. With the seed stitch, since you work knit stitches and purl stitches in the same pattern on both sides of the fabric, the resulting fabric looks the same.
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before you begin knitting the seed stitch
- You can use the seed stitch with an even or an odd number of stitches
- If you have an odd number of stitches, you can always start with a knit stitch and end with a knit stitch.
- If you have an even number of stitches, you will alternate starting with a knit stitch or a purl stitch.
- Always remember: KNIT THE PURLS AND PURL THE KNITS!
I am using Rico Design Essentials Big yarn in Color 001 (Cream) and size US7 (4.5mm) needles in this post.
how to knit the seed stitch for beginners
To practice the seed stitch, cast on an odd number of stitches. I have cast on thirteen stitches in this image.
Knit the first stitch.
Purl the second stitch
Knit the third stitch
Continue alternating knit and purl stitches. If you have an odd number of stitches and start with a knit, your last stitch will also be a knit one.
When you turn your work to begin your second row, your first stitch will be a knit stitch (assuming you have an odd number of stitches and started with a knit).
Repeat alternating knit and purl stitches, making sure you knit on top of a purl and purl on top of a knit.
how to stay on track
It is easy to stay on track with the seed stitch; check the stitch below the stitch you need to work on, and your stitch will be the opposite. In this case, a purl shows as the stitch below, so we know we must work a knit stitch.
to bind off in seed stitch
You can bind off in the seed stitch pattern if you choose or if your knitting pattern suggests it.
To do so, stay in your seed stitch pattern and cast off the knit and purl stitches.
So in the image below, you would knit the first stitch, purl the second stitch and then pull the first stitch over the second stitch. Then you will knit the third stitch and pull the previous stitch over the just knit stitch.
Check out this post for a refresher on binding off knitting stitches.
If you want to learn how to knit or are looking to brush up on your knitting skills and knowledge, pop over to the How to Knit page, which houses all of the posts that teach knitting skills. Or, you could go ahead and visit each one by clicking the links below.
All About Knitting
- All About Yarn, including different fibers and weights, how to read a yarn label, and a Yarn Weights Chart
- All About Knitting Needles, including material, sizes, styles, and a Needle Conversion Chart.
- How to Cast On Using the Long-Tail Method, including calculating how much yarn is needed to cast on and how to make a slip knot.
- How to Knit the Knit Stitch
- How to Knit the Purl Stitch
- How to Knit the Seed Stitch
- How to Bind Off, including how to weave in your loose ends.
- How to Read a Knit Pattern, including a Common Knitting Abbreviations Chart.
- This simple Garter Knit Dishcloth will let you put all your new skills to good use!
- How to Block Your Knitting.
- Common Knit Errors; How to Prevent or Diagnose and Fix Them
- Join yarn using the Russian Join
- How to seam pieces of knit fabric with the Mattress Stitch (for sweaters, tops, pillows, etc…)
- How to Knit in the Round with Circular Needles
- How to Knit in the Round with Double-Pointed Needles
- How to Knit in the Round using the Magic Loop Technique.
- Organize Your Knitting with these free printables.
- Check out our Gift Ideas for Knitters.
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