Posted on 30-10-2020 by Elianne van Steenis
September is the month that keeps on giving! The Drops Merino Mania sale is in full swing, the latest winter yarns and projects are now in store, we’ve put out some free tutorials for pimping up a basket… And now we’ve got our monthly treat for all you crocheters out there! Our Stitch of the Month this September is a variation on the much-loved crocheted seed stitch.
If you’re new to the world of crochet and looking for a stitch pattern that uses basic stitches to create something special, then you can’t go wrong with this variation on the seed stitch. You alternate slip stitches and half double crochets (that’s half trebles to our UK readers) to create a fantastic textured fabric that’s both sturdy and stretchy. This very simple alternation between two stitches is quick to grasp and lets you get into a nice rhythm as you crochet. Another great thing about this stitch is that it’s reversible, meaning that the back looks exactly the same as the front. Yes, no ‘wrong’ side! So, what can you use this stitch for? Well, lots of things! This variation on the seed stitch is perfect for crocheting blankets, shawls, new covers for your cushions and even washcloths. Read on for the free pattern and a video tutorial.
Free pattern: Variation on the Seed Stitch
ch = chain stitch
tch = turning chain stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet (UK: half treble)
To begin, make a foundation chain that is a multiple of 2, plus 1 extra stitch. For our swatch, we’ve used a foundation chain of 21 chain stitches.
Row 1: Begin in the 2nd st from the hook and work 1 hdc. Then sl st in the next st. *1 hdc, 1 sl st*, repeat *to* until the end of the row, 1 tch.
Row 2 onwards: Repeat row 1, working sl sts into the hdc sts and hdc into the sl sts from the previous row.
Video tutorial: Crochet a Variation on the Seed Stitch
Share your Variation on the Seed Stitch projects!
We’d love to see what you use this stitch for. Inspire us and others by sharing a photo of your creation with us on Facebook or Instagram with #yarnplaza. See you next ‘Stitch of the Month’!