This post will give you the instructions for working seed stitch. It’s a very simple stitch pattern, using only knits and purls. This stitch pattern is worked on both right side and wrong side rows, and is a multiple of 2 stitches. Because the patterning alternates knits and purls, it creates a fabric that does not curl. This makes it a very lovely alternative for garter stitch or rib stitch to create non-rolling edges for your project.
A good thing to keep in mind when working seed stitch, is that this is a stitch pattern where you always purl the knits and knit the purls. No matter if you’re working the wrong side or the right side of the fabric, over an even or an odd number of stitches, work flat back and forth or in the round. My post about “knit the knits and purl the purls” gives you some pointers on how to read your knitting to make this easier.
Ok, let’s get started!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color 155 Vintage Pink.
Knitting needles: This is a pair of straights that I picked up at the second-hand store when I started knitting, brand unknown.
- k – knit
- p – purl
Seed stitch instructions – even number of stitches
On an even number of stitches, work the following 2 rows for the pattern:
Row 1 (right side): *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: (wrong side): *P1, k1; rep from * to end.
Seed stitch instructions – odd number of stitches
In the case of an odd number of stitches, work the following instead:
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to 1 st before end, k1.
Repeat row 1 for all following rows.
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