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How to Do a Seed Stitch / Knitting – A Step by Step Guide for Beginners

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Knowing different knitting styles makes this art quite enjoyable. It is, therefore, necessary to learn as many patterns as you can to take your profession to a higher notch. Many different stitches allow you to produce attractive items. One of these stitches is a seed stitch which comprises of single purls and knits that alternate vertically and horizontally. 

Creating a Seed Stitch

A seed stitch requires little effort if you know how to make purl and knit stitches. It has a nubby texture that makes your project look fabulous. 

  • Doing the first row

You should start by making a foundation row (casting on). You can then begin with a purl stitch then alternate it with a knit stitch. If you start with a knit stitch, you interchange it with a purl and continue with this procedure until the end of the row. 

A seed stitch is easy to make because even if you lose track of whether it is a purl or knit stitch you are making, you look at the previous one. The purl stitch has a little bump, and is, therefore, easy to identify. The knit stitch, on the other hand, makes a small v-shape.

  • Doing other rows 

 After completing the first row, the consecutive rows are easy since you will need to look at the first stitch of the next line. If the first stitch is a purl, you will follow it with a purl, alternating them with a knit. Continue with the process until the end of the line. When you repeat the process, it helps to create a nubby texture by stacking knit stitches on top of the purls.  

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In a nutshell, you will purl the knits and knit the purls until you produce the piece that you want. For a newbie to create purls and knits in the same row, you should move the yarn under the needle when switching between the stitches.

Types of Seed Stitches

There are two types of seed stitches, depending on the number of stitches you choose. 

  • Even Seed Stitch

When you choose an even number of stitches, you need to follow a simple pattern of knitting one and purling one and repeating this up to the end of the row. The second row should be the opposite of the first one i.e., purl one and knit one, then repeating this to the end. 

  • Odd Seed Stitch
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For a different number of stitches, you should knit one and purl one then repeat the process up to the end of the first row. You will also repeat the same pattern for all the consecutive rows until you complete your project.

Conclusion

A seed stitch is one of the most comfortable patterns to create for a beginner. You can use it for projects such as scarves, which look the same on both sides. It can also be used as borders for sweaters or cuffs as it lays flat, making it ideal for such pieces. 

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