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Seed Stitch Cowl Digital Design


LEARN HOW TO: work seed stitch pattern, sew seams
cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, bind off



Any super bulky weight yarn. You will need two skeins of yarn of either Cedar House Yarns Windfall Super Bulky or Erika Knight Maxi Wool. If you’re using another yarn, you will need at least 130 m (142 yds). Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.
Our model is in Midnight on the Mountain in Cedar House Yarns Windfall Super Bulky.


Size 12 mm straight needles (or US size 17)
Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends


8 stitches & 13 rows = 10 cm/4" in seed stitch, although matching gauge exactly isn’t necessary for this project


32" circumference; 10" wide

Getting started:

For all abbreviations, please check the glossary at the end of the pattern.

Make a slipknot. To learn to make a slip knot, CLICK HERE
Using knitted cast-on, cast on 20 stitches. To learn to cast on, CLICK HERE

Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row. We show to how move the yarn between a knit and purl stitch in our ribbing video HERE.
Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 32" from beginning.

What is “Seed Stitch”?

Seed Stitch is a pattern worked over multiple rows. On the right side of the work, you alternate knit and purl stitches. On the wrong side, you knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches as they appear. This creates a pattern known as “seed stitch.” This pattern looks like seeds planted every other stitch every row, hence the name! To see an example of the seed stitch, CLICK HERE.

If your work looks like vertical rows, not seeds, you may be working Ribbing instead of Seed Stitch. If that happens, you are not knitting the purl stitches (and purling the knit stitches). You’ll need to go back and rip out the stitches :(  

Almost Done:

Bind off all stitches, knitting the stitches that look like purl stitches and purling the stitches that look like knit stitches. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial

Leave enough yarn to sew up the two ends of the cowl, or about 36" of yarn, before cutting the yarn. Bring the final loop off the needle, enlarge it slightly and pass the cut end of the yarn through the loop. Pull the end of yarn to draw the loop closed securely.

Next, you need to sew up the seam of the cowl to form the cowl loop. To do this, you’ll use the long tail of yarn that you left on one end of the cowl and a tapestry needle. Sew the cast-on end to the bind-off end. CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial.

Finally, weave in all yarn ends using a tapestry needle — the beginning and end of the cowl, and any yarn changes in the middle of the cowl. CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial.


You are done. Stand back and admire your work. You have knit in “seed stitch.”

We want to see your scarf, so please post a photo on Instagram and use the tag #rowhouseknits


k: knit
p: purl
skein: a hank or ball of yarn