Recently I shared a collection of moss stitch knitting patterns, and now I’m back with moss stitch’s sibling, seed stitch.
What’s the difference between moss stitch and seed stitch? I’m glad you asked!
Seed stitch is generally worked with one row of knit 1, purl 1 followed by one row of purl 1, knit 1. Moss stitch has two rows of knit 1, purl 1 before you switch to purl 1, knit 1, almost like ribbing that’s broken up.
Some people use these terms interchangeably, which isn’t super helpful. But whatever pattern you’re stitching it’s an easy and fun way to get texture into your knitting projects.
Here are some easy seed stitch patterns for you to try.
A seed stitch headband like this one from Crazy Hands will allow you to get the hang of seed stitch quickly. It’s worked flat and seamed and the little cuff makes it into a bow.
This super bulky cowl from Lion Brand is a quick and easy introduction to this fun stitch. You can make it with a couple of skeins of yarn (which if you don’t already have them in your stash will cost you about $10, so it’s great for budget gift knitting!).
The Amazing Seed Stitch Wrap from Purl Soho is a giant project that you can make with all the scraps from every project you’ve ever made. The pattern calls for 11 colors but you could use even more if you wanted!
Stitch a sweet little seed stitch hat for a baby with this pixie hat pattern from Fox and Pine Stitches. It’s worked in bulky yarn so it’s a great last-minute shower gift to stitch. And why not add a seed stitch baby blanket like this one from Modern Made Shop on Etsy? It’s worked in worsted-weight yarn but still knits up pretty fast.
How about a pair of mittens that’s full of texture? These seed stitch mittens are sized for women and use super bulky yarn to keep you super cozy. The pattern is from Knifty Knittings.
This sweet little seed stitch triangle shawl by Catherine Lowe via Churchmouse Yarns is the perfect way to use that exceptional skein of yarn you are hesitant to knit with. It uses about 400 yards of fingering weight yarn and is a great way to treat yourself.
And if you want just a taste of seed stitch on your sweater, this pretty Partridge pullover features a panel of seed stitch up the center front of an otherwise stockinette stitch body. It’s a fun bit of texture without being too much. This sweater is worked in worsted weight yarn and comes in nine sizes. You can get it from Knits n Knots on Etsy.