Crochet Seed Stitch Tutorial { free crochet tutorial }

The crochet seed stitch is an easy stitch to learn that makes a strong fabric – perfect for bags, blankets, sweaters and more! Learn it here with this easy to follow photo tutorial!
Crochet Seed Stitch Photo Tutorial - Learn the Seed Stitch with this Simple Tutorial!

The seed stitch is such an easy stitch and it makes a tight, strong weave that is excellent for warm afghans and scarves, bags, purses, and any project that will be load bearing. I have used it for many of my projects here on this site and I just love the texture and pattern it creates, especially when you change colors!

To Start

Make a chain of any odd number. Then, in the second chain from your hook, work a single, then a double crochet in the SAME stitch. Skip the next stitch and repeat – 1 single crochet, 1 double crochet in the same stitch. That’s the easy part! It gets slightly more complicated once you get to the second row.

To Add New Rows & Change Colors

Join a new color with a slip stitch and a chain 2 and work 1 double crochet in the top of the double crochet below (same space as your slip stitch). (Double crochet is not shown in the picture below).

Crochet Seed Stitch Photo Tutorial - Step 1

For all rows after row 1, you work a seed stitch (1 single crochet, 1 double crochet) in the top of the previous row’s double crochets. Insert your hook into the top two loops of the double crochet and it will make a beautiful stitch!

Crochet Seed Stitch Photo Tutorial - Step 1
Next, work a single crochet in those two loops.
Crochet Seed Stitch Photo Tutorial - Step 2

Lastly, work a double crochet next to the single crochet in the SAME stitch. That’s it!

Crochet Seed Stitch Photo Tutorial - Step 3

Your row should end with a seed stitch, like the very first picture shows. Each row will make a bulge out, making a scallop on the edges, so your edges will NOT be straight. It took me forever to figure this out and I thought I had it all wrong!

Here are some of my patterns that use the seed stitch:

Seed Stitch Headband
Seed Stitch Purse
Free Pattern for a Crochet Chunky Basket via My Merry Messy Life
About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Great tutorial! This looks so easy. I need to try out this stitch

  2. Great pictures and a wonderful tutorial on how to crochet the seed stitch. TFS!

  3. Thanks for sharing this stitch – beautifully illustrated. I will pin it!

  4. Lisa McDonald says:

    Hi Sara,

    I love the seed stitch tutorial. I am using it to make a jumper for my niece.
    How do you decrease in the seed stitch? I have tried various ways and can’t get it to work.
    Any help would be appreciated.


    • Very good question, Lisa. I would think you treat the single and double crochet in the same space like one stitch instead of two. So, when you work one, don’t finish the SC, then start the double crochet and pull the yarn all the way through both stitches. Does that make sense? I’ll need to sit down and try it.

  5. I’ve always done this by making the stitch on subsequent rows into the sc rather than the dc. This makes the ends nice and neat, but does make the pattern look slightly different – the up and down pattern isn’t as distinct as it is with this method, it’s more of a slight waviness.

  6. Susan Linville says:

    This looks so pretty! One question… you cut your yarn every row after completing the row? Thank you!

  7. Do You do videos. I am just learning an would love some help…

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