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Seed Stitch Knitting

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Seed stitch knitting is a common, easy stitch pattern in knitting. It is made by alternating knit stitches and purl stitches within a row and between rows. It is called seed stitch because the stitches create little bumps that may look like seeds.

Seed stitch is identical on both sides and lies flat. It is a common choice for borders around Stocking stitch, which curls up when the edges are left alone.

Seed Stitch with an even number of stitches

Row 1 (Right Side): *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2 (Wrong Side): *Purl 1, knit 1; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-2 for Seed Stitch.

Seed Stitch with an odd number of stitches

Row 1 (Right Side): *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 for Seed Stitch.

If you are knitting seed stitch in the round, change the rows in the pattern above to rounds and follow the same stitch pattern.

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