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How to do a Seed Stitch (Identifying Your Knits from Your Purls)

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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Our very own Kristen stars in this knitting instructional video demonstrating how to do a Seed Stitch (Identifying Your Knits from Your Purls). We hope you enjoy it!

How to do a Seed Stitch (Telling Your Knits from Your Purls)

A Seed Stitch creates a cool, bumpy looking fabric. It can be a bit more time-consuming than regular stockinette because of all the alternating back and forth between knitting and purling, but it's worth it to create this pretty highly textured look which is great for borders and prevents edges from rolling.

  1. On your first row knit your first stitch.
  2. Purl your second stitch.
  3. Repeat the steps above across the row.
  4. On your next row, knit the purls and purl the knits.
  5. You can identify a purl stitch as the one that has a horizontal bump right up against the needle and a knit stitch is the little "V" shape under the needle between the horizontal bumps. (Some knitters say, the knit stitches wear a scarf and the purl stitches wear a noose.
  6. Keep in mind, when you flip your work over that the knits are purls and the purls are knits.

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