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How To Knit Seed Stitch

Learn the knits and purls of the seed stitch -- one of the most popular stitches in knitting!

Updated August 22, 2018
How To Knit Seed Stitch
How To Knit Seed Stitch
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Learning how to knit the seed stitch is one of the first stitches that most beginner knitters will learn. The distinctive, bumpy look to the knit is what earns it its name, as it resembles little seeds. This stitch is not only simple but very popular for the texture and versatility.

There are very few patterns that a seed stitch would not work on. From knitted decor to sweaters, scarves, and cowls, the seed stitch is truly one of the most universal stitches out there for knitters to utilize. Once you've mastered the knit and purl, this is your next project.

Try a dishcloth in seed stitch with some cotton yarn, or knit an entire scarf! You might also see seed stitch squeezed between cable rows or as a textured decoration on more complicated stitches and patterns. Even when you've moved on to more complicated knitting patterns, the seed stitch will still show up every now and then, and knowing the mechanics of this beloved stitch will help you whip up those projects with ease.

Beginner

Instructions

  1. CO an even number of sts

  2. Row 1: (RS) K1, p1

  3. Row 2: (WS) P1, k1

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Such a great, simple tutorial. And I love the look of this, especially for a nice textured design feature

I use to knit all the time. But then I fell and broke my wrist. So I got into crochet. Now I want to make up a few knit things but my memory needs some jogging. Thus is absolutely what I needed. It's so easy to follow. Thank you so much.

A fab tutorial for beginners looking to learn new stitches, the instructions are really clear. It takes slightly longer to knit in seed stitch but I love the finish of it and for some patterns I think it is worth taking the extra time. There are plenty of patterns on this site which use seed stitch so you can put your new skills to the test.

I love this tutorial. It is very easy to understand, how to do it.

This is an absolutely wonderful tutorial for beginners! I had alway admired the seed stitch and this video made it very easy to understand. I can definitely see myself coming back to reference this in the future.

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another excellent tutorial for beginners. Where were you when I started knitting? Certainly helping my eleven-year-old and thirteen-year-old (she appreciates the left-handed purling tutorial too.)

This was really helpful! I just started knitting and I've learn the knit stitch and how to purl, so I'm looking for a new pattern to try. I love how the seed stitch looks with a chunky yarn!

excellent video

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