Seed Stitch Scarf a Free Knitting Pattern
I’ve had this little skein of Caron Simply Soft sitting in my stash forever. Just one of those that I snagged because I liked it. No project in mind. I’m so glad I found something to make with it.
I’ve also been wanting to try the seed stitch, 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 love the texture of this stitch and there are lots of variations of it too. It’s a simple two stitch, two row repeat, great practice for beginners!
I designed this one for a friend’s birthday and since we’ve hit warm weather, I kept it skinny and not too long. Although that was mostly due to the one skein nature of this scarf. I can easily see doubling the width and adding some more length for a cozier fall scarf.
Skinny scarfs are an easy way to add interest to those simple summer outfits. And when the cool weather comes back around it’s ready to keep your neck warm.
- 200 yds #4 med worsted weight yarn, I used Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Stormy Weather*.
- Size 8/5mm knitting needles*, yarn needle*, scissors*, measuring tape*
- Worked flat and turned at the end of each row.
- Stitch multiple is an even number.
4″ x 4″ =18 sts x 26 rows
Finished Dimensions: 4.5″ x 57″
*I’ve linked all of these skills to videos demonstrating the techniques.
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.
- K1, P1 across row.
- P1, K1 across row.
- -370. Continue to repeat Rows 1-2, or until you’ve reached your desired length.
BO and weave in ends.