The Seed Stitch (frequently referred to as Moss Stitch) is a great stitch for beginners because you will be using the two basic stitches that every knitter knows: knit stitch and purl stitch. It’s a fantastic introduction to textured patterns and eases new knitters into more interesting patterns and textures.
Seed Stitch Features
One of the things I love about the Seed Stitch is the texture it creates when you use a thicker yarn (DK – Chunky yarn). After a few rows you’ll soon notice rows and columns of staggered bumps – the purl stitches – which begin to look like the little seeds found in plants like sunflowers.
Once you have knitted up a couple of inches you may notice that the front and back of the work looks the same and that there is no definitive right or wrong side of your work. That’s because the wrong side of a knit stitch looks like a purl stitch and the wrong side of a purl stitch looks like a knit stitch (do some garter stitch of all knit stitches front and back and you’ll soon see what I mean about knit stitches being backwards purl stitches).
Seed Stitch Pattern:
To generate the seed stitch you will first need to cast on in multiples of 2 as it is a 2 stitch pattern repeat. Once you have cast on your desired number of stitches follow these 2 rows and repeat until you have the length needed:
Row 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat until end of row
Row 2: *Purl 1, Knit 1* repeat until end of row.
Patterns That Uses The Seed Stitch
If you would like to explore the Seed/Moss stitch some more the take a look through the following patterns and remember to subscribe so that you don’t miss out on the next pattern release: