Learn how to crochet the seed stitch with this free tutorial. A washcloth pattern is included FREE!
I’m always on the lookout for basic stitch patterns that provide a nice texture, certainly not hard to do in crochet! When I swatched the crochet seed stitch, I knew I had just what I wanted. I love stitch patterns that don’t require a lot of thought because I crochet to relax after a day of work. The seed stitch is one stitch pattern that fits the bill.
The Crochet Seed Stitch
The seed stitch is great for any project that needs a bit of texture. Depending upon the yarn you choose, the drape can be quite fluid or very dense. The repetitive pattern of (dc, sc) makes this a beginner friendly stitch pattern and an easy one to remember. The repetitive nature makes it great for those mindful crochet projects or just binge-watching your latest fave tv show.
In this tutorial
You’ll find step by step instructions on how to make a seed stitch swatch for practice. As an added BONUS I’ve included a quick washcloth pattern so you can put your new seed stitch skills to work!
What you’ll need: A small amount of dk or worsted weight yarn (go yarn diving in your stash) and a US size H-8 (5mm) hook for dk, a US size I-9 (5.5mm) hook for worsted weight.
Abbreviations:. ch – chain; dc – double crochet; rnd – round; sc – single crochet; st(s) – stitch(es)
Seed Stitch Swatch Instructions
Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from hook, (dc, sc) across, turn. (14)
Row 2: Ch 3, sc in next st (the dc from the previous row), (dc, sc) across, with last sc worked in turning ch, turn.
Rows 3-6 (or however many rows you’d like to practice): Repeat row 2.
Here’s a crochet chart to help make the instructions clearer.
- Find an inexpensive pdf of the washcloth pattern in my Etsy shop (no ads, nicely formatted) HERE
- Pin it for later!
- Add it to your Ravelry queue HERE
And, now for that free pattern!
Seed Stitch Washcloth Pattern
Yarn: Bernat “Handicrafter” 100% cotton worsted weight (1.75oz/80yds; 50g/73m) – 1 skein in Coral Rose
Note: You may substitute any worsted weight cotton yarn. The results should be the same.
Hook: US size H-8 (5mm)
Note: Using this size hook creates a dense fabric, perfect for a washcloth.
Finished size: Approx. 9″ square
Gauge: 6 (dc, sc) groups x 10 rows = 4″
Note: Pull up the final loop of the last sc of each row. Making the stitch a little taller will avoid pulling along the side edges.
Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from hook, (dc, sc) across, turn. (24)
Row 2: Ch 3, sc in next st, (dc, sc) across, turn.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 8” or until the length is the same as the width. Do not turn or fasten off at the end of the final row. (The sample was 21 rows.)
Note: Because the piece is square, be sure to work the same number of sts along the side edges as are worked along the top and bottom edges. Because the number of rows does not equal the number of sts across, you may need to work a couple of extra sts along the side edges. Count the number of sts along the top or bottom and work that same number along the side edges, not counting the corner sts.
Rnd 1: Turn piece 90o to work along the side edge. Ch 1, 2 sc in same st (this is a partial corner), sc evenly along each side edge and in each st across the bottom and top edges. At each corner, work 3 sc. At the end of the rnd, work 1 more sc in first st to complete the corner, join with slip st to first sc, do not turn.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, working 3 sc in each corner st. At the end of the round, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
That’s it! Enjoy the seed stitch and your new washcloth!