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miss_katonic
« on: December 03, 2005 10:50:58 AM »

Ok, I can knit.  I can purl.  But for some reason I can't seed stitch (or Moss stitch to all of you Brits)! I've been practicing on on straight needles, and after days of frustration the best I can get is something that looks like 1-1 rib stitch.  It is infuriating I tell you! Put the yarn in front, put it in the back...ugh!  For some reason seed stitch makes me feel like a bumbling fool.  Ah..well just had to vent; it's been all bottled up and I've had no one to complain to since Craftster's been down and I have no friends who knit. 
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mizuiro
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2005 12:32:15 PM »

With seed stitch, I just try to remember if I end a row with a purl, I start the next row with a purl.  Same with a knit stitch.
Make sure you cast on an even number of stitches too.  Once you have it down it's damn handy.  It lays flat and it's reversible. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2005 01:27:18 PM »

Do the opposite of what you see: If you're going into a knit, purl it. If you're going into a purl, knit it.

It's tedious, but as mizuiro stated, it's very handy....especially when making blankets.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2005 09:25:49 PM »

I do that sometimes if I'm doing a project in the round, I forget which I need to do. Like someone else said, you just have to do the opposite of what you're knitting... purl a knit, knit a purl. It's a little confusing at first I think, but my favorite stitch by far!
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miss_katonic
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2005 10:42:03 PM »

Well I've gotten an inch and a half into my Lil Devil hat and my seed stitch is looking fine. I always feel good about mastering something I had a really hard time with! I do love the way it looks- thanks for the tips!
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2005 09:54:00 AM »

I usually will do an odd number, so that way i just remember that every row starts with a knit.   It's more mindless that way.
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lisascenic
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2005 11:18:04 PM »

I hate seed stitch because

1, it always seems to be called for on projects with teeny weinie gauge, and
2, it takes so much moving around of the yarn to accomplish so little knitting
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2005 01:47:21 PM »

I love the seed stitch, mmmmm..
I learnt how to do it from here:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/

I think I watched the video about 20 times with needles and wool in front of me before it finally clicks.  It will come, it's one of the harder beginner stitches to learn!
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2005 02:26:14 PM »

I hate seed stitch because

1, it always seems to be called for on projects with teeny weinie gauge, and
2, it takes so much moving around of the yarn to accomplish so little knitting


Well, I dont' "hate" the seed stitch, but I do find it irritating at times.  I do, however, like the way it looks at the end, so perhaps (?) all that infront/behind/infrontagain/behindagain yarnage is worth it.

I usually will do an odd number, so that way i just remember that every row starts with a knit.   It's more mindless that way.

This is a clever way to get around your problem, miss_katonic.

As an alternative, I have a lil something I often do to keep track of simple 2 row patterns.  Let me explain:

If, for example, I amnitting in stocking stitch, requiring me to alternate between knit and purl rows, and I happened to forget where the heck I amn the pattern and don't feel like staring at my stitches to find out, I would simply look at what side of my knitting the cast-on tail was at.  If it hangs from the bottom of the row I'm about to knit, it's RS (so I knit) and if it's at the top of the row I'm about to knit, it's WS (so I purl). 

Now take this example and just apply it to the first stitch of every row... begin your seed stitch work with (k1,p1) -- this first row is your RS...cast-on tail hangs from the bottom of the row when it's ready to be worked.  Tail's at the top of your row ready to be worked?  Then begin with a purl stitch.

Sorry if I just confused people more... hope that was understandable.





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