The seed stitch is one those stitches that packs a big punch for very little effort: its nubby texture can make any project look extra. Trust us when we say it's super simple — if you can knit and purl , you've got this.
Good to Know
British knitters refer to this same stitch as "moss stitch," which can get little confusing, because there's also an American stitch called moss stitch.
Seed Stitch Tutorial
Worked flat over an odd number of stitches.
Row 1 (RS) K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rep row 1.
Breaking It Down
The First Row
As you can see from the instructions above, this stitch is pretty straightforward. And if you're keeping track of where you are in the pattern, you're golden. But let's say you stop paying attention. Are you on a knit stitch or a purl stitch? We can help you figure it out.
You start with a knit stitch. Easy enough. Then a purl stitch, then back to a knit stitch. You just keep alternating all the way across. If you lose track of whether you're on a knit stitch or a purl stitch on this first row, no sweat. Just look at the stitch you just finished (it's on your right needle).
Purl stitches have a little bump right under the needle: think of them as wearing turtle necks. Knit stitches create a v-shape — think of them as V-necks. If your previous stitch has a V-neck, it was a knit stitch, and you need to purl.
The Other Rows
Now that you can tell the difference between a knit and a purl just by looking, you can knit seed stitch without checking those directions. Seriously! To create the nubby texture, you're just stacking knit stitches on top of purls, and purl stitches on top of knits. So when you start Row 2, look at your first stitch.
Looking at the photo above, you can see that first stitch on the needle is wearing a turtleneck. It's a purl stitch, so you're going to work a knit stitch into it.
The second stitch looks like a 'V,' which makes it a knit stitch. You purl the knits, so you're going to purl next.
Bottom line: knit the purls, and purl the knits. If you always work the opposite stitch into your next stitch, you can't go wrong.
If you're new to working knits and purls in the same row, make sure you move your yarn under the needle when you when you switch between stitches: that way you won't create an extra stitch by going over the needle.
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Get more in-depth tutorials on common knitting stitches with our free guide, Knitting Stitches You Need to Know.