LK401. The Seed Stitch

The seed stitch consists of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric - the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds. The seed stitch creates an interesting texture and is included in many patterns.

Like the garter stitch, the seed stitch lies flat, making it a good edging for a sweater border and cuffs. The knitted fabric also looks the same from both sides, making it a nice choice for scarves and other pieces of which both sides are visible.

To create the seed stitch, alternate between the knit and purl stitch within a row. For the second and subsequent rows, continue this pattern, making sure that pegs with a 'knit' stitch always go on top of a 'purl' stitch, and 'purl' always goes on on top of a 'knit' stitch. Repeat this for the length of your piece.

There are many variations of the seed stitch, which can create intricate textures with minimal effort.

Note: the seed stitch is also known as: British or Irish moss stitch. 


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