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The Simplicity of Seed Stitch
Seed Stitch Structure
Kara Gott Warner.

Part 1 of this Learn-a-Stitch workshop was all about the Magic of Mitered Knitting. In this workshop, we’ll explore the many ways that you can add variety to your knits by using a simple stitch pattern -- Seed Stitch -- to get innovative with colorwork, varying yarn weights, fiber combinations and working with a variety of needle sizes.

I’m a big fan of just picking up my needles and experimenting. Sometimes the best discoveries happen by mistake and that’s exactly what I’ve learned from diving into the world of Seed Stitch. Once you understand this super-simple stitch pattern, the rest is easy because you can play with needle size, yarn weights, color and a variety of fibers to see what emerges from your needles!

Defining Seed Stitch

Seed Stitch is also known as British Moss Stitch, and the stitches are the same: you knit 1, purl 1 across the row, and then reverse on the opposite side by knitting the purls and purling the knits.

American Moss Stitch is slightly different from Seed Stitch. In the United States, the confusion lies in the fact that we do not specify British or American Moss. We just say “Moss” Stitch. Don’t worry too much about this little piece of trivia for now. All you need to know is that this is an easy pattern that you can memorize immediately.

The pattern looks like this:

Work over an even number of stitches

Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across.

Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from * across.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

You can also watch this video to learn the Seed Stitch technique.

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