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2 Basic Crochet Skills. One Beautiful Stitch. Learn How to Crochet the Seed Stitch Today!

Hi folks!

Today I want to share with you a tutorial on how to work the lovely crochet seed stitch.

As a crochet beginner, I am sure you have been working hard to master the foundational crochet stitches and techniques, like making a slip-knot, doing a foundation chain, and working the single & double crochet stitches.

If you’ve been working on these skills for a while then I bet you’re ready to move on, to move past the very basics and get on to some super easy and fun stitches.  I don’t blame you!

How to Crochet the Seed Stitch. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
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Don’t get me wrong.  Learning the essential basics were not a waste of your time. In fact, I recommend that you absolutely rock these skills before trying any new stitches or start working with a pattern, but what if you are ready to move on?

Then it’s time to put your knowledge of the basics to use!  And I have just the crochet stitch that will help you do it.  The seed stitch.

So, grab your hook & yarn, and let’s get hookin’!

What is the Seed Stitch?

The seed stitch is an easy stitch that adds texture to your crochet projects.  It can sometimes be called the “moss stitch”, the “tweed stitch”, or the “granite stitch”.  However, I have found that there is actually a slight variation that makes each one different from the other.  Because of this, I consider them each as separate stitches.

To crochet the seed stitch, you only need to know how to single crochet and double crochet.  This makes it a simple stitch that is easy to learn so it’s great for beginners.  When you alternate the two stitches across each row, a lovely tight and strong weaved fabric that resembles the knitted seed stitch is created.

When using cotton, the seed stitch is great for crocheting washcloths and dish towels.  If using other yarns, it makes a strong warm stitch for blankets, sweaters, and bags.


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Crochet Seed Stitch Tutorial

Now, since the seed stitch is really only alternating double and single crochet stitches, there are actually multiple ways to start a project using the crochet seed stitch.

You can start with double crochet, single crochet, and even both a double crochet & single crochet in the same stitch.  I usually start with the stitch indicated by my pattern, but I tend to prefer to start with the single crochet.  Thus, this will be the method demonstrated in this tutorial.

For a tutorial starting with the double crochet check out  TheSpruce.com , it even provides a cool seed stitch variation at the end.

For a tutorial starting with the double crochet & single crochet in the same stitch check out MyMerryMessyLife.com.

Okay, so on to the tutorial!

 

Materials:

worsted weight yarn

any hook size (I used an I/9-5.50mm)


Crochet Seed Stitch Video Tutorial

If you need to see it in action, check out my YouTube video!


 

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Seed Stitch Photo Tutorial

Step 1:  Crochet the foundation chain

Make a chain foundation chain of any even number.  I’ve chained 40 for this photo demonstration.

NOTE: You may alternatively ch 1 for the turning chain (making 41 chains) as in the video tutorial.

 crochet seed stitch

 

Step 2:  Turning chain and first stitch of seed stitch

Turn your work and in the second chain from your hook, work a single crochet stitch. Your stitch count will be reduced by one.

Seed Stitch Tutorial--Step 2--single crochet. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Step 3:  The second stitch of seed stitch

In the next chain work a double crochet.

Seed stitch tutorial--Step 3--double crochet. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

You have now created one seed stitch.  Remember, a seed stitch = 1DC & 1SC.

Step 4:  Start the next seed stitch

In the next chain work a single crochet, just as you did in step one.

Step 5:  Repeat across row

Repeat steps 3-4 until you reach the end of the row.  If you chained 40, like in this photo tutorial, you should end with a single crochet. If you, added an extra chain for the turning chain as in the video (making 41 chs) then you should end with a double crochet.

Seed Stitch Tutorial--Step 5--Row 1 completed. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Row One Completed

Step 6:  Turning Chain

If you ended with a double crochet as in the video tutorial, then chain 3.  If you ended with a single crochet, chain 1.  In my photo demonstration, I ended with a single crochet so I will chain 1.

Seed Stitch Tutorial--step 7--turning chain. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Step 7:  Single Crochet in Double Crochet (or vice versa)

If you ended with a single crochet, as in this photo demonstration, work a double crochet in the first single crochet of the previous row.  If you ended with a double crochet as in the video tutorial, then work a single crochet in the first double crochet of the previous row.

Seed Stitch Tutorial--Step 7--double crochet. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Step 8:  Repeat

You will continue alternating by making a single crochet in the double crochet of the previous row, and vice versa to the end of the row.

Seed Stitch Tutorial--Step 8--Repeat. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Step 9:  Additional Rows

Repeat steps 6-8 for any additional rows.

Seed Stitch Tutorial--Step 9--additional rows. http://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Seed Stitch Patterns

What did I tell you, super easy, right?  The alternating pattern creates a lovely texture and once you master it, I’m sure you’ll be using it to make all sorts of beautiful projects!

Here are some great seed stitch patterns to get you started:

crochet patterns

1./  Seed Stitch Baby Blanket   2./ Soft Seed Stitch Hat & Scarf    3./  Seed Stitch Purse

**Image of Soft Seed Stitch Hat & Scarf used with permission. All Rights Reserved. Copyright January 2009 by Kathy North.


 

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Gladys

Monday 4th of July 2022

Is there suppose to be pictures with this tutorial? My screen is only showing two pictures.

Itchin4Stitchin

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hi Gladys,

Yes, it is a step-by-step photo tutorial with a link to a video tutorial. Can you refresh your screen?

Sincerely,

RaeLynn

R.Brune

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

This is really pretty. I'm going to do it "in the round" for the upper section of some slippers I'm making with leather soles. Thanks!

Itchin4Stitchin

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

I think that would be awesome! I was planning on using it to make a beanie at some point, but slippers would be beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping by. ?

George Rush

Thursday 25th of May 2017

Why are you using a name for a stitch pattern that already exists and this isn't it.

Jessica-Jean

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

@Itchin4Stitchin, It’s another stitch pattern that has multiple names. One I like best is: Lemon Peel Stitch. Again, the name “Seed Stitch” had been used for more than one stitch sequence.

Not to sweat it!

Itchin4Stitchin

Thursday 25th of May 2017

Hi there,

My understanding is that the crochet seed stitch is made by alternating sc and dc stitches. If you do a google search for "crochet seed stitch instructions" every tutorial that comes up will provide the same information. I have found a couple variations (I have provided links to the variations in the tutorial), but all still ultimately have the basis for the seed stitch as alternating sc & dc stitches. Perhaps you know another way and that's awesome! I'm sure people would love to try your way, so please share! If you want, I could even add it to this tutorial, giving full credit to you for sharing it with us.

However, from what I know, and from I have found during research, which includes people who have been crocheting for 60+ years, the method provided in my tutorial is a standard way to crochet the seed stitch. Thanks for stopping by!