Seed Stitches Add Texture and Design to Plain Knitting
A "seed stitch" is created in a plain (usually stocking stitch) background by adding a few purl stitches into the knit rows. These stitches can be almost randomly placed. or strategically placed to make designs in the stocking stitch. The resulting purl stitches break up the monotony of stocking stitch and look like grains of sand or seeds.
Notes for all seed stitches
Be imaginative and try your own ideas. Make a design on graph paper and simply follow it. You can even create “pictures” in your fabric using seed stitches.
Here are some samples of seed stitches:
Single seed stitch:
Single seed stitches give only a subtle variation to stocking stitch.
The occasional purl stitch just breaks the monotony of stocking stitch.
You can create your own variations very easily by deciding how frequently you use the purl stitch and in what sequences.
Here I have only used a simple example of using a purl stitch every fourth rows and every fourth stitch in the row.
You can use your own variations such as in an 8 stitch sequence - purl every 6th and 8th stitch in the first row, stocking stitch for 5 – 7 rows, then purl every 2nd and 4th stitch in the next row repeating the sequence to the desired length.
Double seed stitch
A different variation with more texture would be to purl only one row between rows 1 and 5 making it a four row pattern instead of an 8 row pattern.
Seed Stitch (One in Four Row) Rib
Seed stitch rib makes an interesting variation to plain stocking stitch for the body of a garment.
Very simple to do and very effective.
Although one out of every four rows is knitted in single rib, the knitted fabric does not have the characteristic stretch of true ribs because of the rows of stocking stitch in between.
The fabric lies more flat than plain stocking stitch, but still tends to curl up both length- and width-wise
Chevron Seed Stitch:
Chevron seed stitch is a very attractive stitch for edgings, but can also be used for the body of garments.
Lines with Seed stitches:
Oblique Seed Stitch lines:
Broken Oblique Seed Stitch Lines:
Double Seed Stitch: Broken Oblique Lines:
Horizontal Lines using Seed Stitch:
The lines could be knitted above each other instead of alternating their position. You would then only repeat rows 1 through 4 for the pattern.
Broken Vertical lines in Seed stitch:
Note: the seed stitch is used in alternate rows, otherwise it would form a “rib” and pull the purl stitches to the back of the work and the effect of seed stitches would be lost.
Doing it this way, the seed stitch is raised and stands out.
Seed Stitch Lattice:
These 8 rows form the pattern
Seed Stitch in Groups or Designs:
These .. rows form the pattern for this grouping of seed stitches.
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