How to Knit the Seed Stitch

The seed stich is a decorative stitch that resembles "seeds" or "bumps." It actually looks much more complicated than it is. If you know how to knit, you can easily seed stitch. It is also one of the most versatile stiches in knitting because it won’t curl at the edges, which makes it perfect for trims. And it is reversible, making it great for blankets and scarfs. The seed stitch works with any sized needle and yarn.

Things You'll Need

  • Needles
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
The Seed Stitch
The Seed Stitch (Image: Jessica Begum)

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Step 1

Any size yarn and needles will yield you the seed stitch, depending on your particular pattern. The example here uses size US 7 needles and a worsted wool/acrylic blended yarn.

You'll need basic knitting supplies.
You'll need basic knitting supplies. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 2

Here is the pattern for the seed stitch: Row 1: k1, p1; rep from Row 2: p1, k1; rep from

k1, p1, k1
k1, p1, k1 (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 3

The pattern is simple to follow. Begin with a knit stitch, then purl, knit, purl across the row.

The Knit Stitch - yarn in back
The Knit Stitch - yarn in back (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 4

On the next row, simply do the reverse: Begin with the purl stitch, then knit, purl, knit across the row. “Knit” the “purl” stitch, and “purl” the “knit” stitch.

The purl stitch - yarn in front
The purl stitch - yarn in front (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 5

If you are not sure which stich is which, think of the “Knit” stitches as “V’s” and “purl” stitches as “bumps.” If you come to a “V” in your stitching, then you’ll know to “purl,” and a “bump” means to “knit,” and so on. This makes it an easy stitch to leave and pick up.

“Knit” stitches as “V’s” and “purl” stitches as “bumps”
“Knit” stitches as “V’s” and “purl” stitches as “bumps” (Image: Jessica Begum)

Tips & Warnings

  • Be carful, the "seed stitch" is called "the moss stitch" in England. The US "moss stitch" is something totally different. Make sure to check the origins of your pattern.
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