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Seed Stitch: Easy, Beautiful Textured Crochet Stitch
The crochet seed stitch is a simple stitch that any beginner can easily learn to do. It requires only the basic crochet knowledge of single crochet and double crochet stitches. Alternating the two stitches across each row creates a lovely closed-work fabric that resembles the seed stitch in knitting. When worked in cotton, it's great for washcloths and dishcloths. In other yarns, it can be a great warm stitch for garments, blankets, and accessories.
This tutorial teaches you how to do a basic... seed stitch and also shows you a unique variation on it at the end.
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Step One: Crochet Foundation Chain for Seed Stith
Crochet a foundation chain that is an even number of stitches. In my example, I've crocheted a foundation chain that is 40 chains long. The length of your chain depends on the yarn and hook that you're using and the project that you're making.
Note that you can use any type of yarn and hook for this crochet stitch, simply depending on what you are making. When you are first learning the stitch, it is a good idea to work with a mid-weight yarn that allows you to easily see the stitch definition. A... worsted weight cotton yarn worked with a size G or H crochet hook is ideal.
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Step Two: Turning Chain and First Stitch for Crochet Seed Stitch
Add three additional stitches to your foundation crochet stitches. This serves as your first double crochet of Row 1. Single crochet in the fourth chain from hook. You will now have your first set of alternating dc, sc stitches.
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Step Three: DC, SC - the foundation of the crochet seed stitch.
Double crochet in the next chain. Single crochet in the following chain.
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Step Four: Repeat Across Row
Continue to repeat Step 3 across the entire row, ending with a single crochet stitch in the last chain. In my example, I have 20 stitches each of double and single crochet stitches alternating across the row.
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Step Five: Turning Chain
Chain three and turn the work. This will be the first double crochet of the new row.
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Step Six: Single Crochet in Double Crochet
Single crochet in the first double crochet of the previous row. You will notice that you are starting with a dc, sc in the same manner as last time, but because you have turned the row you'll be working each stitch into its opposite. In other words, each dc will be worked into the sc from the row below it and vice versa.
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Step Seven: Repeats Steps 3 and 4
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to finish the row. In other words, continue to alternate dc, sc across the entire row to the end.
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Step Eight: Additional Rows in Seed Stitch Crochet
Repeat Steps 5-7 to continue creating additional rows for your seed stitch crochet fabric. You can create a project as short or as long as you'd like. In my project, I worked 30 rows and had a nice small sized cotton crochet washcloth, but of course, your decisions will vary by project.
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Variation: Ribbed Seed Stitch
You can create a variation of the seed stitch by following the same instructions with the exception that you will always crochet only into the back loop only (BLO). This creates a ribbed version of the seed stitch. It grows more quickly and is a stretchier fabric.
Note that in this photo I've shown a regular seed stitch against a ribbed seed stitch variation. However, the regular seed stitch was worked with a slightly smaller crochet hook and an acrylic instead of cotton yarn, so some of the... size difference is due to these differences. If worked in the same yarn, the ribbed seed stitch would be taller, as it is here, but it would not be a wider stitch.