Seed stitch is one of the classics, basic knitting stitch patterns. It's so well-known you might even come across patterns that just say to work in seed stitch but don't actually explain what that means because it's considered common knowledge.
Sometimes called British or Irish moss stitch, this pattern produces a bumpy, textured fabric that is pretty fun to knit. It can be worked on any number of stitches, which means it can be used in almost any knitting pattern.
How to Knit Seed Stitch
Most commonly, seed stitch is worked on even numbers of stitches.
Row 1: *K1, p1. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: *P1, k1. Repeat from * across.
Repeat these 2 rows for pattern.
It can also be worked on odd numbers of stitches.
K1, *p1, k1. Repeat from * across.
Repeat this row.
All you really need to know when working seed stitch is that the knits and purls never stack on themselves. So if you can read your knitting and you see a knit stitch on the needle, you know you need to purl that stitch on this row or round.
The only negative when it comes to seed stitch is that you are switching between knitting and purling with every stitch, which some knitters find aggravating and slow. But if you can get into the rhythm, it can be almost meditative.
What Seed Stitch Looks Like
The seed stitch gets its name from the purl bumps in the fabric that look like little seeds in what would otherwise be a lot of stockinette stitches.
It's a simple, bumpy texture that is great for all sorts of knitting projects and it's reversible.
Patterns Using Seed Stitch
Of course, there are tons of free knitting patterns out there that use seed stitch, so here are a few to get you started.
- Seed Stitch Square for sampler blanket
- used as a border in the Stockinette Stitch Washcloth
The GAPtastic cowl is a classic. It's a great basic, big cowl worked in chunky yarn in the round.
Seed stitch baby booties are simple, worked flat warmers for a little one's feet, but the seed stitch makes them a little more interesting and fun to knit.
The Seed Stitch Jacket is made for plus-sized women and is a great basic to have in your closet.
And then there's the Seed Stitch Bag with Flower, among many others.
The Seed Stitch is very versatile and can be used in just about any kind of project.
Learn More About Seed Stitch
Take your seed stitching to the next level with more explorations from Creative Knitting magazine editor Kara Gott Warner.