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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 that resemble seeds. My pattern shows you the easiest way to knit it up without keeping track of the right and wrong sides of your work.

Get your free written pattern instructions with video tutorials below. You may also purchase my ad-free Knit Stitch Pattern Book in both hardcopy and e-book formats.

Seed Stitch Knitting swatch on a knitting needle in orange yarn.
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Vintage Knitting Stitch

  • Texture Design: Each row of your knitting consists of alternating knit and purl Stitches, creating little bumps that look like seeds. Easily adds a pop texture to knitting projects when designing blankets, scarves, and hats.
  • Lies Flat: It is a favorite stitch choice because this pattern easily lies flat, often used for the borders of blankets that tend to curl up.
  • Row Repeat: Knit up the Seed Stitch in a simple 2-row repeat.
  • Stitch Techniques: A series of easy knits and purls create the raised pattern.
  • Reversible: The Seed Stitch is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the Right and Wrong sides, are identical.
Seed stitch knitting texture on circular bamboo needles with orange colored yarn.

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.

Seed Stitch texture swatch with knitting chart graph

Knitting Instructions

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


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

Knit Stitch Pattern Book (ad-free)

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

Printable Knitting Instructions

Seed Stitch Knitting swatch on a knitting needle in orange yarn.

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.


  • Yarn - Any Gauge


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



Cast On: An Odd Number of Stitches

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



Cast On: An Even Number of Stitches

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


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



  • Slip Knot 
  • CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  • K = Knit Stitch 
  • P = Purl Stitch
  • BO = Bind Off
  • Weave In Ends
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