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How to Knit the Seed Stitch

By: Robin Celli from

Sit down with us and learn how to knit the seed stitch. This beautiful stitch creates a nice texture that mimics the shape of tiny seeds - hence the name! The good news is that it's much easier to make than it sounds.  If your project has an even number of stitches, the pattern to create the seed stitch would be: Row 1: K1, P1 (knit one, purl one and repeat) Row 2: P1, K1 (purl one, knit one and repeat).  If your project has an odd number of stitches, the pattern to create the seed stitch would be: Row 1: K1, P1 (knit one, purl one and repeat) Row 2: K1, P1 (knit one, purl one and repeat). 

Once you know how to knit the seed stitch, you can create all types of different projects.  Here are a few of the top seed stitch projects from AllFreeKnitting:

Seed Stitch Baby Booties
Simple Seed Stitch Coaster
Cable Pull-Through Wrap

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This is a tried and true pattern - I love adding the knit seed stitch pattern to basic knitting projects - it adds great texture and detail.

Ladies, the instructor clearly stated, the instructions, she is correct. Please read thoroughly though a pattern then ask questions if your not clear on how it is achieved. I've been a knitter for 56 years, taught by my Great Grandmother, and that is the advice she told me. I pass it on to you.

This still looks like it will end up as ribbing with that pattern

Think it through. With an even number of stitches and alternating between knit and purl, your last stitch would be a purl stitch. Then when you turn your work for the next row, that stitch now looks like a knit stitch because you're looking at the back of the stitch. If you're doing ribbing, you would knit into that stitch and purl into the next one, which looks like a purl stitch from that side but was actually knit when it was created with the work facing the other way. So to get seed stitch, you would want to purl into that first stitch of the second row, and in each alternating stitch which will all look like knit stitches because you're working into them from the back. And you would be knitting into each stitch which looks like a purl stitch. Try it out on a swatch. It should be clear to you when you actually do it.

This is a great demo of knitting on large needles, the best I've seen. Now, if someone would remake the video, exactly like this, but using multiple strands of yarn, it would be perfect. What I really like is that there isn't a lot of dialogue and explanations preceding the video, it gets right into showing you what to do. So many videos are filled with excess verbiage, but not this one

@beth6679yahoocom: From what I understand, your confusion arises from the knitting style used in this video. It sounds like you learned to knit continental style, with the yarn in your left hand. The knitter in the video is knitting English style, with the yarn in her right hand. If you look very closely, you can see that she alternates picking up the stitch from the front and back and alternates the direction that she wraps the yarn around the needle. These are just different styles of creating the same stitches (knits and purls). -- AllFreeKnitting Editor

I have a pattern book that instructions for seedstitch is Row 1: K1,P1,K1, P1. continue patter to end of row. Row 2: same as R1. Your video shows instructor using only the front stitch, placing thread on Right hand either in the front or back. My book shows that for Perl stitch you pick up the back stitch with the thread in front. For the Knit stitch you place the thread in the back and pick up the front stitch. So, for a beginner---how many versions of this seed stitch are there? If a pattern calls for seed stitch-which version is correct? My instructor says your video is wrong.

directions for seed st. second row are incorect? should be p1 k1.

The reason the second row is k1, p1 also is because she is working an even number of stitches. If she were working an odd number of stitches - then row two would begin with p1, row three would begin with k1, etc.


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