Looking for an easy stitch with texture? The Seed Stitch is it.
In this episode of B.hooked Knitting, I’ll be teaching you how to knit the the seed stitch. This stitch is the perfect next step for beginner knitters who’ve mastered the garter stitch and the stockinette stitch and are looking for something new.
The seed stitch is a very popular knit stitch and is used where ever texture is needed. It’s perfect for so many projects: scarves, hats, garments…you name it, the seed stitch will bring rich texture to it.
I’d say the seed stitch is the next step in your knitting journey after mastering the garter stitch and the stockinette stitch. If you’re finding this post before either of these, I recommend you start with those tutorials first. Mastering the garter stitch will help you find your tension and groove with knitting and (in my humble opinion) is where you should start as a complete beginner. Knitting is immensely fun but it can be very frustrating if you try to do too much, too early. Ask me how I know that. Here’s my tutorial on the garter stitch:
and my tutorial on the stockinette stitch:
Now with that out of the way, the seed stitch will allow you to practice your knitting purling skills. This beautiful stitch is the result of knitting the purls and purling the knits. It creates a nice dense fabric with a lot of stretch. Depending on the yarn and needle sized used, you can do so many things with the seed stitch.
Practice Makes Perfect
The seed stitch is perfect for reviewing your skills of “reading your knitting” and recognizing knits and purls as they are on your needles. In this tutorial, we’re going to work up a test swatch. You will only need 15-20 yards of yarn to get the hang of it. Any yarn in your stash will do and a pair of coordinating knitting needles.
- Clover Takumi US11 knitting needles
- Bernat Maker Home Decor Yarn
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How to Knit the Seed Stitch
This tutorial is also available in a left hand version. Please click the link below to be directed to the left hand tutorial on my YouTube channel:
Resources Mentioned in Tutorial:
- How to Knit the Long Tail Cast On
- Knitting Styles – American vs. Continental
- How to Knit a Simple Bind Off
- K – Knit
- kwise – Knitwise
- P – Purl
- pwise – Purlwise
Cast on an even number of stitches
Row 1: k first stitch, p next. *K, P. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: p first stitch, k next. *P, K. Rep from * to end of row.
Repeat rows one and two until your project reaches desired length.