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Topic: Odd question? Maybe. Seed stitch and ribbing.  (Read 652 times)
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« on: May 25, 2008 05:23:44 AM »

What is the difference between seed stitch and K1 P1 ribbing? I believe they look different but when I see instructions for seed stitch it seems to be the same as instructions for ribbing. Obviously I'm reading something wrong, so can somebody please correct me? Wink

Thanks- you're all so patient with questions from us novice knitters. Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008 07:11:29 AM »

They both use a k1, p1 pattern, but when done on an even number of stitches you get ribbing, an odd number gives you seed stitch. However, you can also do ribbing on an odd number - you would k1, p1 across and end with a knit 1, but you start the next row with a p1. And you can do see on an even number - k1, p1 and start the next row with a p 1. Basically for ribbing, on the 2nd and subsequent rows, knit what looks like knit sts and purl what looks like purls. For seed, you would do the opposite, knit what looks like a purl, and purl what looks like a knit.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2008 09:49:31 AM »

Seed Stitch          Ribbing
  KPKPKPKP          KPKPKPKP
  PKPKPKPK          KPKPKPKP
  KPKPKPKP          KPKPKPKP
  PKPKPKPK          KPKPKPKP

soozeq explained it pretty well Smiley  I just thought I'd add a diagram in case it didn't make enough sense

« Last Edit: May 25, 2008 09:59:34 PM by Jadzy - Reason: now I feel really silly for not proofreading what I typed :P » THIS ROCKS   Logged
soozeq
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2008 10:11:25 AM »

Except that your labels are reversed..... Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2008 06:26:15 PM »

the labels actually aren't wrong if you're knitting something flat, because wrong side stitches are reversed.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2008 08:51:08 PM »

I was looking at the pattern the columns make - it's like a chart. Under seed stitch, you have the knits over the knits and purls over the purls. That's ribbing.
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