How to Knit the Seed Stitch

seed stitch

Looking for an easy stitch with texture? The Seed Stitch is it.

In this episode of B.hooked Knitting, I’ll teach you how to knit the the seed stitch. This stitch is the perfect next step for beginner knitters who’ve mastered the garter stitch and the stockinette stitch and are looking for something new.

The seed stitch is a very popular knit stitch and is used where ever texture is needed. It’s perfect for so many projects: scarves, hats, garments…you name it, the seed stitch will bring rich texture to it. It has a reversible nature (it looks the same on both sides) and it curls much less than most knit stitches.

I’d say the seed stitch is the next step in your knitting journey after mastering the garter stitch and the stockinette stitch. If you’re finding this post before either of these,  I recommend you start with those tutorials first. Mastering the garter stitch will help you find your tension and groove with knitting and (in my humble opinion) is where you should start as a complete beginner. Knitting is immensely fun but it can be very frustrating if you try to do too much, too early. Ask me how I know that. Here’s my tutorial on the garter stitch:

How to Knit the Garter Stitch: Complete Beginners, Start Here

and my tutorial on the stockinette stitch:

How to Knit the Stockinette Stitch for Beginners

Now with that out of the way, the seed stitch will allow you to practice your knitting and purling skills. This beautiful stitch is the result of knitting the purls and purling the knits. It creates a nice dense fabric with a lot of stretch. Depending on the yarn and needle sized used, you can do so many things with the seed stitch.

I also want to mention that the seed stitch can be worked flat (rows) and in the round on circular or double pointed needles. The approach to each of these is slightly different because when we knit flat, we turn the work after every row and when we knit in the round we are always knitting on the right side of the work. No matter which approach you’re taking, remember this

knit the purls and purl the knits

I don’t want to throw too much at you at once so for now just realize that purls are the opposite of knits – meaning that when you flip your work, your knits will be purls. This doesn’t happen when we knit in the round because we never turn our work. So when you get to the beginning of the next round, take a minute to observe whether it is a knit or a purl and follow our simple rule of thumb for the seed stitch: knit the purls and purl the knits.

Practice Makes Perfect

The seed stitch is perfect for reviewing your skills of “reading your knitting” and recognizing knits and purls as they are on your needles. In this tutorial, we’re going to work up a test swatch. You will only need 15-20 yards of yarn to get the hang of it. Any yarn in your stash will do and a pair of coordinating knitting needles.

My Recommendations

  • Clover Takumi US11 knitting needles
  • Bernat Maker Home Decor Yarn

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How to Knit the Seed Stitch

This tutorial is also available in a left hand version. Please click the link below to be directed to the left hand tutorial on my YouTube channel:

How to Knit the Seed Stitch Left Handed

Resources Mentioned in Tutorial:


  • K – Knit
  • kwise – Knitwise
  • P – Purl
  • pwise – Purlwise


Written Instructions

Cast on an even number of stitches

Row 1: k first stitch, p next. *K, P. Rep from * to end of row.

Row 2: p first  stitch, k next. *P, K. Rep from * to end of row.

Repeat rows one and two until your project reaches desired length.


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