Learn to master the seed stitch to create beautifully textured projects. From hats and scarves, to jumpers and cardigans! This step-by-step is ideal to teach any knitting beginner exactly how to seed stitch.

What is seed stitch?

Seed stitch, also know as moss stitch, is made up of alternating knit stitches and purl stitches to create a criss-cross of stitches. This can be seen across two rows of stitches following the seed stitch pattern. If you know how to knit stitch and how to purl a row, you should have any trouble picking this stitch up!

If this is your first time trying seed stitch use a nice bulky or super bulky yarn, so you can easily keep track of your knits and purl stitches.

How to knit seed stitch step-by-step


seed stitch row one - alternating knit and purl stitches

Row 1. Work alternate knit and purl stitches.


seed stitch row two

Row 2. Knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches.


to seed stitch, repeat the same two steps

Repeat! Continue until you've knitted the desired amount of fabric and bind off. Voila!

Pro Tip

If you have an even number of stitches, always start your row with a knit. If it's an odd number of stitches, start the first row with a knit and the second with a purl!

Try out your seed stitch skills with these beginner patterns