Seed Stitch Knitting:  Another Beginner Stitch That is Easy to Learn

Seed Stitch Knitting   by Janice Jones   |Published 05-08-2023

At some point the knitting beginner is going to discover that names and terms are not universal.  I know it really confused me when I started to learn all the knit stitches that depending on where I lived in the world, the same stitch had different names.  

Swatch of pink fabric done in seed stitch knittingSeed Stitch Knitting

What is a beginner supposed to do?

Well, I'm in the U.S., and this stitch is called the seed stitch.  But you may know it is the moss stitch, the linen stitch, the woven stitch or the granite stitch.

In any case, it's an ideal beginner stitch that you can use in a multitude of patterns that need a cute textured patterned fabric.

The Seed Stitch in Knitting

Take a look, this simple textured fabric looks like a bunch of little seeds.  It is created by knitting and purling stitches in a very easy pattern and can be created with an even or odd number of stitches.

Even Number of Stitches:  Seed Stitch Knitting

Knitted seed stitch in beige yarn

Row 1:  Knit 1, Purl 1

Row 2:  Purl 1, Knit 1

You are basically knitting all the purl stitches and purling all the knit stitches.  

Any Number of Stitches

Just remember to knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches

Double Seed Stitch / Double Moss Stitch

This is just a small variation of the Seed or Moss Stitch.  Rather than knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches, you knit 2, purl 2 and then purl 2 and knit 2.  That's it!

What Does the Seed Stitch Pattern Chart Look Like?

Knitting charts come in handy when you begin to make more complicated project.  The knitting chart for the seed stitch is an easy way to begin learning how to read a chart.

Seed stitch pattern chartKnitting the Seed Stitch, Pattern Chart

What Can the Seed Stitch Knitting Be Used For?

The seed stitch is such a versatile stitch.  You'll find it used in blanket and scarf patterns, wash cloths and even sweaters.  It also makes a nice edging for projects using the stockinette stitch.

Since it is reversible, you can create any type of project that calls for  both sides to show, such as a scarf.

Knit a Seed Stitch Dishcloth

How to Know When To Knit and Purl a Stitch

You could always either say or think, Knit, Purl, Knit, Purl, but...

that gets old very quickly.  So it helps to know what the purl and knit stitches look like so if you get distracted, you will always know what stitch to do next.  Let's take a look at what the purl and knit stitches look like in the seed stitch pattern.

The Knit Stitch

In the picture below, the knitting needle is pointing to a knit stitch.  When you see this on your left hand needle, you will know that you must purl that stitch.

Seed stitch, where knitting needle is pointing to a knit stitch.How the Knit Stitch Appears in the Seed Stitch Pattern.

The Purl Stitch

In the row you are about to work, the purl stitches are easy to identify.  They look like little bumps (or seeds).  You will knit each one of these little purl stitches.

Purl stitches look like little bumps or seeds in this pattern.How the Purl Stitch appears in the seed stitch pattern.

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

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