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Bind-Offs For Seed Stitch

The bind-offs in this section are perfect for seed stitch.

Seed stitch is basically a knit-one, purl-one rib where the knits and purls switch off on each row. It makes a tight fabric with an all-over bumpy texture pattern that is reversible and lays flat.

If you bind off on seed stitch, you’re going to want the bind-off to look good with it, so I’ve got two choices for you.

Seed Stitch Bind-Off Sampler Instructions

Seed Stitch Bind-Off Sampler Instructions

With white yarn, CO 24 sts.
Work 3 rows in 1×1 rib.

Switch to yellow yarn.
Row 4 (rs): K
Rows 5, 7, and 9: K1, p1 across.
Row 6 and 8: P1, k1 across.

  1. BO 12 sts using the In-Pattern Bind-Off.
  2. BO rem sts using the Cable Bind-Off for 1×1 Rib.

Block this sampler normally.

The Bind-Offs

In-Pattern Bind-Off for Seed Stitch

Like the In-Pattern Bind-Off for Ribbing, this bind-off makes a chain that lays flat across the top of your work, making this a completely reversible bind off which is not very stretchy.

You would use this bind-off to finish the edge of a seed-stitch sweater where you were going to go then seam this piece to another piece, or on any project where you don’t really need the edge to stretch, like a dishcloth (many basic dishcloths are worked in seed stitch).

Use a needle that’s one to two sizes smaller than the one that you used to knit the seed stitch. Seed stitch tends to pull in a little bit and you want to make sure that the bind-off does the same.

Binding off in pattern on seed stitch is very simple: do the Standard Bind-Off, but instead of knitting every stitch, work each stitch as if you were still doing seed stitch (knit the purls and purl the knits).

In technical language, that’s:

  • If 1st st is a k stitch, P1, *K1, BO 1, p1, BO 1, rep from * to end.
  • If 1st st is a p stitch, k1, *P1, BO 1, k1, BO 1, rep from * to end.

Similar bind-offs: In-Pattern Bind-Off for Ribbing
Based on: Standard Bind-Off

Cable Bind-Off for Seed Stitch

This is a decorative bind-off that is based on the Cable Bind-Off for 1×1 Rib.

The technique makes the seed-stitch texture seem to continue into the bind-off row.

This is not a stretchy bind-off. Use it on the edge of a potholder or a dishcloth — anything where you don’t need the edge to stretch.

To Do the Cable Bind-Off for Seed Stitch:

Use a needle 1-2 sizes smaller in your R hand than the one you used to knit.

  1. 1st st is a purl st.
  2. K1.
  3. Move yarn to the front.
  4. Move st from R needle to L needle.
  5. P2tog.
  6. Move yarn to the back.
  7. Move st from R needle to L needle.
  8. K2tog.
  9. Repeat steps 3-8 across.
  10. Cut yarn and pull through last st.

To make it easier to get the tip of the left-hand needle into the stitch…

Pull the fabric down as you’re passing the stitch back to the left-hand needle.
Cable Bind Off for Seed St Tips 1 Pull the fabric down as you’re passing the stitch back to the left hand needle 1

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