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The Seed Stitch is one of the most popular stitch patterns out there. It is super easy to create as it is knitted over just 2 rows.
In fact, you just knit a purl over a knit stitch and a knit stitch over a purl stitch. And you keep repeating this until you have the desired fabric length.
However, what many people find confusing is that this pattern configuration is called Seed Stitch in American patterns. Conversely, in British patterns, the same stitch pattern is called the Moss Stitch Pattern.
However, the Americans also have a stitch pattern that is called the Moss Stitch, which is different from the Seed Stitch. You can check out this pattern here: Moss Stitch.
The Seed Stitch Pattern is fully reversible and is perfect for substituting stockinette patterns, although it makes a slightly tighter fabric.
In addition, it is also a great pattern to use for replacing stockinette patterns as it lays flat and doesn’t curl in the same way.
Furthermore, this stitch pattern is very popular in borders as it gives the border a more interesting texture.
Techniques Needed for Seed Stitch (aka Moss Stitch)
Abbreviation Description Tutorial
k knit Knit Stitch Continental Style
Knit Stitch English Style
p purl Purl Stitch Continental Style
Purl Stitch English Style
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
On an odd number of stitches:
Row 1: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end
Repeat this row
On an even number of stitches:
Row 1: * K1, p1; rep from * to end
Row 2: * P1, k1; rep from * to end
Repeat these two rows until you have reached desired length
Discover another knit & purl stitch pattern right here: Broken Block Stitch Pattern