How to Knit Seed Stitch

Seed stitch in knitting is one of my most favorite stitch patterns.  It is simple to do, lays flat, is full of texture, and is so incredibly beautiful.  What more could you ask for?

Here's how to do it...cast on any number of even stitches (work in multiples of two stitches).   I cast on 10 to show you here.  Now, follow this pattern:

Row 1: *Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: *Purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length is reached.

Here we've cast on...

First row complete,

Second row,

And after a few rows, you can see the beautiful seed stitch beginning to develop...

Here's a free pattern you can try to practice more seed stitch:


  1. I tried knitting several years ago but just couldn't get the hang of it. Crocheting, to me, is so much easier. Hope you are having a great day. Tammy

    1. That's funny since its the complete opposite for me. Most of my crafting friends can only do one or the other but not both. :O

    2. You both make a good point, for me I learned how to knit first, but then had to change my way of thinking because crochet was so different at first! Now, however they are like second nature! :)

  2. Actually, seed stitch is k1 p1 EVERY row... the Irish moss stitch is ALTERNATING rows starting with a k1 or p1. They AREN'T the same thing. :-)


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