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!
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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!
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.
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.
Step 3: The second stitch of seed stitch
In the next chain work a double crochet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 9: Additional Rows
Repeat steps 6-8 for any additional rows.
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:
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