Hello everyone and Happy Fall! I feel like fall is wool’s season — shorter days and cooler temperatures are certainly conducive for snuggling up indoors with a lap full of yarn. It is the perfect season to knit a sweater, a shawl, socks… the list could go on and on! It is also a wonderful time to learn some new knitting techniques and expand our skills and knowledge.
I wanted to introduce a new little series today called Stitch Spotlight, which will focus on different kinds of stitches that are useful to know. Whether the stitches are easy, complicated or simply beautiful, my goal is to share about the many wonderful stitches that give our knits character and make them unique.
What better stitch to start off with than the Seed Stitch? Seed stitch is a beautiful stitch that, at least to me, resembles little bumps of seeds. What is nice about it is that it gives a knit an interesting texture, and it also looks a bit complicated! However, seed stitch is actually very easy — all you need to know is how to knit and how to purl.
Basically, to knit the seed stitch your first row will look like this:
Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Your next row will look like this:
Row 2 (WS): Repeat Row 1
OK! That wasn’t so hard, right?
The big trick to seed stitch is simply that on the second row, you are going to knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches. And so on and so forth throughout your piece.
Bonus: If you cast on an odd number of stitches, every row will start with a K1. If the cast on is an even number of stitches, the first row will start with a K1 and the second row with a P1 (then keep repeating the two rows).
I like seed stitch because it forces us to ‘read’ our knitting. This means that we need to be able to identify our knit stitches and purl stitches. Have you ever gotten lost in a pattern before? Or put down your knitting and, when you picked it back up, couldn’t figure out what stitch you were on? By learning seed stitch, we strengthen our overall knitting abilities.
Here are some great free patterns you can knit now that you know seed stitch!
What stitches are you interested in learning?
- Knit Stitch Spotlight: Rib Stitch - October 15, 2019
- Knit Stitch Spotlight: Stockinette Stitch - October 9, 2019
- In Love with Linen Yarn: Knitting Patterns for Linen Yarn - June 28, 2019