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Easiest Seed Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

This vintage Seed Stitch Pattern gets its name from the raised bumps from your purl stitches resemble seeds.

This 2-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is an easy-level project created with a simple combination of knits and purls. It is a classic reversible pattern, great for knitting scarves, hats, blankets, sweaters, and knit neckties. 

Keep reading to learn the easiest way to knit it up without needing to keep track of your right and wrong sides of your work.

Along with up-close photos of my knitting samples, you’ll find links to all the techniques, a printable written pattern, chart, and video tutorial in this post. This pattern is also found on page 9 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book.

Seed Stitch Knitting swatch in orange yarn


CLOSER LOOK AT THE SEED STITCH TEXTURE 

The Seed Stitch is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the Right and Wrong sides, are identical.

Each row of your knitting consists of alternating Knit and Purl Stitches, creating the little bumps that look like seeds. It is a favorite stitch choice because it easily lies flat, often used for the borders of blankets that tend to curl up. Check out my new Seed Stitch Story, too!

Seed Stitch texture swatch with knitting chart graph


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2 STEPS TO KNIT THE EASIEST SEED STITCH

Step 1: Cast On an Odd Number of Stitches

Casting on an odd number of stitches makes this the easiest way to knit the Seed Stitch. Doing so allows you to knit the same pattern on every row, both the right and wrong sides of your work. 

hands holding a knitting needle to cast on an odd number of stitches

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Step 2: Stitch Pattern for Every Row

Your knitting pattern ( * K1, P1 * K1 ) is repeated on every row.

Repeat the Knit 1, Purl 1 pattern all the way down the row, finishing with just one knit stitch at the very end of the row.

Continue this pattern on every row. So easy and no need to track if you’re on the right or wrong side of your work! Told you this was easy-peasy!

hands holding straight knitting needles with stitches in white yarn starting to knit the seed stitch pattern rows


KNITTING TECHNIQUES

The Seed Stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.


KNITTING MATERIALS

Feel free to use any size yarn and needles for your creative project.

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Materials to Knit Stitch Pattern Written Instructions with Video Tutorial by Studio Knit

KNIT STITCH: 50 KNIT + PURL PATTERN BOOK

Find this Easy Seed Stitch on page 9 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book. You may also get your free printable pattern below!

Knit Stitch Pattern Book with Seed and Garter Ribbing Stitch Patterns

EASIEST SEED STITCH KNITTING PATTERN
Click to Play Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

Seed Knit Stitch Pattern. Get Free Written Patterns, Charts, and Video Tutorials in the Absolute Beginner Knitting Series by Studio Knit.

Seed Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Seed Knit Stitch Pattern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

The Seed Knit Stitch Pattern is a 2-Row Repeat, Reversible pattern.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On: An Odd Number of Stitches

  1. Row 1: (Right Side) * K1, P1 *, K1
  2. Row 2: (Wrong Side) K1, * P1, K1 *

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On: An Odd Number of Stitches

  1. Row 1: (Right Side) * K1, P1 *, K1
  2. Row 2: * P1, K1 *, P1

Notes

Repeat Rows 1 – 2 until your piece is the length you desire

Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks

Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

2-Row Repeat

Lies Flat

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES

  1. Slip Knot 
  2. CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  3. K = Knit Stitch 
  4. P = Purl Stitch
  5. BO = Bind Off
  6. Weave In Ends

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KNITTING CHART

Knitting Chart Seed Knit Stitch Pattern by Studio Knit with Free Pattern and Video Tutorial

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