seeds of time

If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear

– William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1, Sc. 3: Banquo


known in the US as seed stitch,  our cousins across the pond sometimes refer to this stitch as moss stitch, which back on our side of the pond, is something we call double seed stitch.  our minds go dizzy trying to keep the different names for this basic stitch straight.  we’ll just call it seed stitch for now, and it refers to a stitch where (if knitting in the round) the knit stitches are purled in the next row and vice versa.

because fabrics made with this texture do not furl, the seed stitch is a wonderful alternative to the garter stitch for borders.  it’s also pretty darn swell all by itself. the seed stitch is less stretchy and a bit thinner than the garter stitch.  it takes just 36 rows to knit a swatch 5 1/4″ in height versus 46 rows in the garter stitch.

we’re pretty much enamoured with this charming and timeless stitch, and we’re almost always knitting up seed stitch, and its close relative, the double seed stitch, on our needles!


YARN               J&V Clever Camel (worsted weight)
COLOR            Grey Grey
NEEDLE          US6 / 4mm
SIZE (WxH)     5½ x 5¼”  steam blocked
STS                    26 sts x 36 rows
LEVEL              Basic
TYPE                 KNITS & PURLS


CO 26 stitches

R1 (RS):    *K1,P1* repeat to end, ending with a P1
R2 (WS):   *P1, K1* repeat to end, ending with a K1

Repeat R1 – R2 until desired length.  The swatch above was knit over 36 rows.


Roger (a knit bowtie)


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