Mary Beth Temple

How to Work Seed Stitch

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Working seed stitch is just as easy as working a basic ribbing pattern. Knitting expert Mary Beth Temple shows you how simple the seed stitch is to knit in this video. She’ll also show you how to read your knitted fabric so that you know what stitches need to be worked on each row. The seed stitch provides great texture for projects like baby blankets and dishcloths – and it’s perfect for those projects because it’s completely reversible.


To work this stitch pattern, you can have either an even or odd number of stitches on your knitting needle. If you have an odd number of stitches, the seed stitch pattern is super simple, because every row, whether you are on the right side or wrong side of your work, is the same.

All rows: (K1, P1) to the last stitch, K1.

If you have an even number of stitches, you’ll work as follows:

Row 1 (RS): (K1, P1) to end.

Row 2 (WS): (P1, K1) to end.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 to desired length.


Working seed stitch in the round can be achieved by casting on an even number of stitches and then working as follows:

Round 1: (K1, P1) to end.

Round 2: (P1, K1) to end.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to desired length.

Seed stitch provides great texture for your knitting project. As Mary Beth Temple points out in the video, as long as you remember to purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches, you’ll have success with seed stitch.


K: Knit

P: Purl

RS: Right Side

WS: Wrong Side

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One Response to “How to Work Seed Stitch”

  1. Diane Boucher

    How do I finish the stitches when my dishcloth is the size I want. I mean how do I finish the last row?

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