Seed Stitch Knitting by Janice Jones |Published 02-15-2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just remember to knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.