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Seed Stitch Textured Knit Scarf a Free Knitting Pattern

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This textured knit seed stitch scarf pattern is a simple but beautiful free pattern for beginning knitters. Knit with the easy to remember seed stitch this scarf works up in only one skein. If you can knit and purl, then this one skein knit scarf is a perfectly simple make.

I’ve had this one skein of Caron Simply Soft Ombre sitting in my stash forever, just waiting to become this simple seed stitch scarf. I love how the self striping yarn knit up in the textured seed stitch.

I’ve also been wanting to design a seed stitch scarf for beginners. This stitch lays flat so no need for an edge. It’s a simple two stitch, two row repeat, great practice for beginners!

Woman in white with grey ombre knit scarf on.

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I love the texture of the seed stitch and there are lots of variations of it too. It’s also known as the moss stitch, and probably a slew of other names. Funny how crochet and knit both have stitches like that-with multiple names.

I designed this one for a friend’s birthday. It’s warmed up here, so I didn’t go overly wide or long on this scarf pattern. I kept this textured knit scarf skinny and not too long.

Knit scarf in grey and black wrapped on itself.

Although that was mostly due to the one skein nature of this scarf pattern. I can easily see doubling the width and adding some more length. That would knit up into a cozy fall scarf.

Skinny textured knit scarfs are an easy way to add interest to those simple summer outfits. And when the cool weather comes back around your seed stitch scarf is ready to keep your neck warm.

This one looks dapper in the grey and black ombre. Double looped this knitted scarf would look great on him too.

Long knit scarf crossed.

I love the way the color changes are so jagged. It reminds me of an old black and white tv. The self striping yarn lends a modern twist to this classic seed stitch.

Woman with grey and black knit scarf draped over neck.

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Materials

  • 200 yds #4 med worsted weight yarn, scarf pictured in Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Stormy Weather.
  • Size 8/5mm knitting needles
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Notes

  1. Worked flat and turned at the end of each row.
  2. Stitch multiple is an even number.

Gauge

4″ x 4″ = 18 sts x 26 rows

Finished Dimensions

4.5″ wide x 57″ long

Abbreviations/Skills

BO – bind off 

CO – cast on

K – knit

P – purl

Helpful Knitting Tutorials

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to join new yarn, the magic knot is one way.

How to change colors when you slip 1 at the beginning of a row.

Scarf on knitting needles in grey and black.

TIPS FOR BEGINNING KNITTERS

Keep your tension loose. When you make your stitches keep in mind that you will have to insert your needle back into that stitch on the next row.

Start small. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t you can follow me here), then you know I started on a giant blanket! Really, it was big enough for a king bed. Long story short, I frogged it and redid it after completing many other knit projects! 

Don’t despair your mistakes. One of the absolute coolest things about knitting is how easy it is to fix mistakes. Check out this article (with video links!) on common beginner mistakes and how to fix them.

One thing I found challenging when I first learned to knit was that there is a specific way to wrap the yarn around your needle, if you do it incorrectly then your stitches are twisted. I found this article helpful on twisted stitches and how to fix them.

Don’t give up! Ask your questions, watch videos, read the tutorials. It’s so worth it. I love that I get to enjoy yarn in a whole new way and learning to knit has made me a better crocheter too. While I’m no expert, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, so please ask!

If you were a crocheter first:

If I knit every stitch across the row when I turn my work I’m looking at the back of the knit stitches. In knitting, the back of knit stitches are considered purls. And likewise if I purl across the row, when I turn I’ll be looking at the back of the purls which are knit stitches. So a knit stitch has a purl back and a purl stitch has a knit back.

If you’re a crocheter who’s learning to knit this might seem confusing because if I single crochet across a row then turn. The back of the single crochet stitch is still a single crochet stitch-it’s just the back or wrong side.

I mention this because in this pattern you end with a purl on row 1, turn your work and then you begin with a purl for row 2. But when you turn you’re now looking at the knit side of that last purl stitch. So you will knit in your purls and purl in your knits.

Written Instructions for this Knit Scarf Pattern

(Scroll down for the tutorial with pictures)!

CO 20

Row 1. K1, P1 across row.

Row 2. P1, K1 across row.

Rows 3-370. Continue to repeat Rows 1-2, or until you’ve reached your desired length.

BO and weave in ends.


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Seed Stitch Scarf Knitting Tutorial

picture of seed stitch scarf free knitting pattern easy

How to Knit Easy Seed Stitch Scarf

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Learn to knit an easy seed stitch scarf. A great beginning knitter pattern.

Materials

  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn

Tools

  • 5 mm knitting needles

Instructions

  1. CO 20 picture of grey stitches cast on to knitting needle for this pattern you need an even number of stitches.
  2. Row 1. *K1, P1 rep from * across. picture of grey knit and purl seed stitch on knitting needles scarf tutorial When you turn your work it will look like this.
  3. Row 2. *P1, K1 rep from * across. Seed stitch rows on knitting needle. You'll begin to see the distinct knit and purl pattern. A few rows of seed stitch in grey.
  4. Continue to repeat Rows 1 - 2 picture of seed stitch knitting until scarf measures 57" or your desired length. Grey and black ombre fabric in seed stitch.
  5. BO. knit seed stitch scarf free pattern black and grey Weave in Ends. Seed stitch bind off in pattern.

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  1. I knit a lot of hats for a homeless ministry and give them out when the weather starts getting cold. I’m going to knit some of the scarves to share with them.

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