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Seed Stitch Seed stitch might be my absolute favorite of the basic knit and purl stitch patterns. It's very easy to do but is still entertaining because you're switching between knitting and purling every stitch.

This stitch pattern also makes a nice texture that is great for any knitted item, from blankets to washcloths (all those purls can be somewhat abrasive, making it good for scrubbing) to knitted clothing. It's an incredibly versatile, simple and fun stitch pattern that will quickly become one of your favorites, too.


March 9, 2007 at 4:40 pm
(1) Nancy says:

I love the Stitch of the Week alreaydy! Keep going!

March 12, 2007 at 7:45 pm
(2) Mandy says:

I hate seed stich. switching back and forth drives me up a tree. my favorite is feather and fan, it looks fancy but it’s actually EXTREMELY easy.

Knit on.

March 16, 2007 at 11:17 am
(3) Marie Tipton says:

I too love and look forward to the stitch of the week! THANK YOU!

March 16, 2007 at 12:35 pm
(4) Elsie Burkhard says:

Seed stitich is great for borders on small afghans because it doesn’t curl and maintains the same relative size as the inner pattern.

March 16, 2007 at 1:14 pm
(5) Cecily Turner says:

What is URL? I would like to know if you have a seed stich pattern for a baby blanket. I can knit and purl and have a grandchild coming in September.

March 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm
(6) Peggy Horsfall says:

I love the Stitch of the week. Where can I find the past ones?
Thank you.

March 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(7) laura says:

Hi, fellow knitters! I like seed stitch too and moss stitch, like the pattern in the moss stitch lap afghan that I found in the beginner patterns on this site. There is a lot of switching back and forth but I find that once I get it going, the rhythm just kind of flows. The projects I have difficulty with (I’m still a new and not terribly advanced knitter) are the ones where all of the rows are different or there are a lot of **s and “do such and such three times in parentheses and then it’s a 20-row pattern with changing colors and all that. I remember when I did my first scarf it was ribbed in k2 p2 for six rows on each end and the rest was garter stitch in a contrasting color. Then I did a baby blanket in stockinette with a garter stitch border to minimize curling. I didn’t know where to get patterns at the time and what I could get wasn’t very extensive since there’s not much in braille around. So, after having someone show me the basics, I just sort of made up different patterns. Then when I found some Braille knitting books and patterns on the Internet I was thrilled and I found that I had “made up” some patterns that were similar to beginner patterns on this site and in some of the bookks. I did find one book which, though it doesn’t have very many patterns, has, for the most part, pretty clear instructions written in a chatty, informative, breezy style that does not depend on pictures, charts or other visual media to make most of the instructions clear. I even found a booklet from Leisure Arts or maybe Coats and Clark, that has 20 patterns for mittens of all sizes that all only use two needles and no dpns. I’ve done a lot of circular knitting but don’t even own dpns and haven’t explored that or cables yet. But I really, really enjoy this site. I’d also like to recommend some books that are still in print but that are “vintage”, which to me is kind of like “retro” and really means they are tried and true patterns that your grandmother might have taught you but they are dressed up with modern pictures and language. I’d rather use the word “timeless” for such books and patterns or maybe “classics”. Anyway, one of the books, which I saw was in Barnes and Noble a couple of years ago is “Knitting in Plain English” by Maggie Righetti. She has one like it for crochet too. Barbara Walker has tons of books, my favorite, because the instructions are so clear, is the “Learn to Knit Afghan Book” revised edition copyright sometime in the late nineties. It shows you how to make a 64-stitch sampler afghan using everything from basic garter and stockinette to cables, lace, dpns, basketweave, moss stitch, seed stitch, mosaic knitting, joining colors etc. She has the “Treasury of Knitting Patterns” series and a really neat one called “Knitting from the top Down” which shows you a way to make garments which usually require multiple pieces, to be knit in one piece which, though I still find such things a little difficult and admit I haven’t tried designing my own clothing yet, seems like a great idea especially for someone like me who really doesn’t like sewing much. There is another “classic” which Maggie Righetti briefly quotes and cites several times in her book. It’s by Elizabeth Zimmerman, who I think has other books as well, and it’s called “Knitting without Tears”. As with Maggie Righetti’s books, it conveys a lot of information but is written in a light, conversational and humorous style. Sorry for digressing off the subject, which was seed stitch. I just had a lot of information to share and wasn’t sure where else to put it. I’m still learning the ins and outs of computer use and conquering my computer phobia so I hope you can understand. I hope these resources are helpful. Thanks.

March 16, 2007 at 4:45 pm
(8) Mary says:

I too love the Feather and Fan Stitch. Easy and pretty. Would fit any situation.

March 16, 2007 at 10:38 pm
(9) Vera says:

I love the seed stitch also. I am currently knitting a sweater coat in seed stitch.

March 16, 2007 at 10:39 pm
(10) Arlene says:

I like seed stitch, because it looks so neat, and is good exercise for k/p. I also love feather and fan. Just wish I had more time to knit!! Let’s see…job….knit….job…..knit….hmmm…..

March 17, 2007 at 3:28 pm
(11) Ann says:

I too love your “stitch of the week” – but I do agree with
“Mandy” – and “Mary”- it’s kind of boring…and I too prefer the Feather and Fan stitching!!!

March 18, 2007 at 6:29 pm
(12) thelma pruitt says:

or multiple of 2 sts. thelma pruitt

March 21, 2007 at 8:13 am
(13) Barbara F says:

When I’m trying to achieve maximum warmth in either an afghan/blanket or sweater, I really like the seed stitch. I never thought of using the ss for a border and will definitely remember that for future projects. Because I do a lot of knitting while waiting for my grandson at hockey practices and games, I love patterns and stitches that I don’t have to look at … seed stitch works for me.

Thanks, Sarah, for this opportunity to communicate with other knitters.

March 24, 2007 at 9:42 pm
(14) Paulette La Mountain says:

What is the diff between seed stitch & moss stitch? Are they the same? It sounds like it, but I’m such a novice, wouldn’t notice a subtle difference. Can anyone help?

April 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(15) Jane says:

I enjoy your column so much. I am not an advanced knitter, sweaters etc. but love to make scarves and especially wash/dish cloths. Thanks, Jane

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