My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Seed Stitch

The winner of my review copy of  Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits is Christel, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Today I have another lovely book for review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale. This is seed stitch like you have never seen before.

The author has definitely gone above and beyond what I think of when I usually think of seed stitch. She has incorporated it into colorwork, mixed it up with cables, and has created an array of lovely patterns. In addition to the patterns, the book contains a stitch dictionary with 60 swatches.

There are also illustrated “how-tos” for techniques used in the book.

The patterns in the book are shown on Ravelry, here.

Some of my favorite patterns:

The Baby Boy’s Cardi is a nice combination of stripes and texture and is worked from sportweight wool.

Mini Diamonds Pillow:

I love diamond patterns! This pillow is stranded colorwork and would be a pretty quick project because it is knit from super bulky yarn. Wouldn’t it make a great housewarming gift for someone?

Moss Stitch Cowl

Worked in worsted weight, it is a thing of minimalist beauty. It would be wonderful worked in luxury fibers!

And this is the Zigzag Poncho:

This is my favorite project from the book: I love the combination of different stitch panels.

The publisher has generously offered up a second copy as a giveaway here. Who would like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Sunday September 24, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

Here is one of Loki’s and my favorite things to do: knitting in our jammies first thing Saturday morning!


  1. Loki is such a glorious floofy boy. Can’t seem to relax, that one.

  2. Looks like a great book from a great author!

  3. Marietta Thompson says:

    I dearly love seed stitch – use it frequently instead of ribbing on sweaters, etc. It’s just so pretty! Thanks for your generosity – Marietta
    Loki has it made!

  4. I love seed stitch! Thanks for the chance to own this book.

  5. Elaine in NYC says:

    I’d be happy to have this one in my library. If there are 60 swatches, I’m sure there’s something new to learn!

  6. What fun – I see many patterns that I’d like to make!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Beth Blackwell says:

    Seed stitch may be tedious, but oh, I love it. What a marvelous thought to have a whole book of patterns!

  8. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    Love that little cardigan

  9. Monica Cortada says:

    What an interesting concept for a book! Hats off to the author. Seed stitch does make a lovely textured pattern.

  10. Susan murphy says:

    Would love this book,,

  11. Deborah Gajee says:

    Love the Zigzag Poncho.

  12. Seed stitch is one of my favorites. My very first sweater, many years ago, was seed stitch (I still have it). This book would not merely be an addition to my library, but a workbook for many upcoming projects. There are so many lovely patterns. Thank you!

  13. Alexandra Wright-Cross says:

    Love that poncho! Looks like a gorgeous book

  14. Seed stitch – you have my attention. I think that is a book you can start at the beginning and knit your way through!

    Give Loki a kiss for me!!

  15. Kathy Treaster says:

    Love, love, love Seed Stitch. Just finished a baby blanket with seed stitches with cables. Beautiful!!

  16. My first scarf as a new knitter was seed stitch. I love that scarf. I’d love to own this book.

  17. Jean Palionis says:

    I am always up for another good book! A person can learn so much while reading.

  18. Love love Love the zigzag poncho.

  19. Some of my knitting friends dislike seed stitch because of the constant back and forth. . . but I love seed stitch. Seed Stitch is my go to pattern for simple scarves and blanket. I find the rhythm of seed stitch soothing.

  20. Seed stitch has always been my favorite! I would love to have this book. Thanks, Wendy , for a chance to win it!

  21. Please enter me in the drawing. This book looks intriguing.

  22. Peggy Connolly says:

    What a clever idea for a book. I’d love to see it.

  23. Cecilia David says:

    Sounds like a great addition to knitting library. Will purchase if my name is not picked.

  24. Candyce Loescher says:

    Great patterns! Looks like a lovely book. Thanks!

  25. Lots of fun patterns. My fav is yhe v-neck short sleeve pullover

  26. The second thing I ever knit was a sweater with lots of seed stitch. Loved it then and love it now. It looks like there are a lot of great patterns in this book.

  27. Love love love doing seed stitch & it is always so pretty!

  28. This book looks great. I hope I get to see it in person soon.

  29. Thanks for telling us about this book – I love seed stitch! It is so great to see so many lovely designs – and a stitch dictionary – based on this versatile stitch pattern.

  30. Susan Steele says:

    I love seed stitch & there seems to be many great patterns in this book.

  31. Seed stitch is one of my favorites, even if it takes forever to knit.

  32. I love seed stitch; in fact, I use it or a variant for all of my buttonbands and somewhere in most of my projects. I would love to see the creative ideas and Drysdale has in her book.

  33. I would love to win this book! And I wish I had a Loki look-alike!

  34. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Would never have thought of colorwork and seed stitch combined. What beautiful patterns!

  35. I love the pic of you two in your jammies! How sweet & cozy;O)) Book looks to be a good one.

  36. Beautiful book! Love seeing you and your knitting buddy!

  37. Nancy Thone says:

    Love the zigzag poncho!

  38. Susan Picciano says:

    Fabulous! I,too, love that poncho!

  39. Seed stitch is my favorite stitch and I’m delighted to see this new book featuring it!

  40. Ginger Klein says:

    I like a lot of these patterns!

  41. These seem like great projects. I really like the cowl and the poncho. The great thing about seed stitch is it’s reversible. No wrong side.

  42. Catherine S. says:

    Seed stitch! My favorite!

  43. The poncho is really beautiful! Thanks for the chance to own the book.

  44. This book looks really fascinating. Thank you for the chance to share in its joy.

  45. Love the Zigzag poncho!

  46. Throw me in your random number generator! I love seed stitch although it can be annoying to work sometimes…
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Random rant about knitting patterns

  47. I also love that poncho!

  48. I would love to enter….Loki still looks tired??

  49. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I love knitting sampler scarves and cowls. This book would be great for some new stitch patterns to try on my next project. Thank you.

  50. And Loki has such cute jammies!

    One of the women in my knitting circle is a seed stitch fiend! I would love to have this to regift to her! (After I make one or two, of course!)

  51. The poncho looks warm and cozy for a cool fall day.

  52. Rosemary Drysdale has some great books out, so I expect this one will be too.

  53. Another great opportunity! Thanks for planting seeds!

  54. I love the baby cardigan and would like to win the book.

  55. margie kovacic says:

    Please pick me. I’d love to have this book.

  56. Susan Lantz says:

    I enjoy seed stitch as a change of pace from cables or lace. I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  57. My sister loves seed stitch, would be happy to be able to give her this book.

  58. Seed stitch is so versatile. I’d like the opportunity to get some ideas from this book.

  59. ADORABLE pic of Loki! 🙂 >^..^<

  60. Charlottewv says:

    Loki is soo adorable! ❤️?. The seed stitch book looks interesting.

  61. I would love this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. Seed stitch adds so much to patterns- it is exciting to see the opportunities to expand its applications!

  63. I would love that book.

    How many times can we say Loki is adorable? At least one more time.

  64. Love the zigzag poncho. Would love the book

  65. Thanks for the chance.

  66. Put my name/number on the list. That looks like fun!

  67. Genie Cormode says:

    Sounds like a fun book!

  68. Loki is so sweet. Knitting in my pajamas is the best. Thank you for offering your book. I would love to own it:)

  69. I’d love to knit the Cropped Pullover in this book. Hope I win!

  70. Patricia Cermak says:

    I love seed stitch, in fact I am in process of designing a scarf using seed stitch as a Christmas present for my niece-in-law – would love the book.

  71. Thank you!

  72. Count me in too! Thanks, and skritches to Loki

  73. wow

  74. What a great book! Thanks for a chance to win it.

  75. I know that lots of people don’t like seed stitch, but I love the effect, and would also love to have this book in my library.

  76. Maria Beuttenmuller says:

    Looks like some amazing patterns and use of different seed stitches! Thank you for giving this to one lucky knitter!

  77. Ooh, what pretty patterns. Yes, please sign me up!

  78. Love the baby cardi. Thanks for the giveaway…

  79. Seed stitch is my favorite textured stitch pattern.

  80. Love the open squares cowl also. Lovely nook.

  81. Ha ha- sorry Book not nook…

  82. What a lovely book. Love the Zigzag poncho too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  83. Beautiful patterns. I love seed stich for adding texture to knitting!

  84. Debbie Barnett says:

    The poncho does have beautiful stitches.

  85. Another wonderful give-a-way…weeee.

  86. Great ideas for gifts! Seed stitch is one of my favorite stitches, so I’d live to be included in the drawing.

  87. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I also enjoy the look of seed stitch. Please include me in the drawing.

  88. I absolutely love seed stitch–the way it looks and also the rhythm of the stitches. Like you, I really like the Zigzag Poncho. On my must-knit list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. I love seed stitch! One of the first “large” projects I ever made was a XXL sized shrug in double seed stitch, for a large friend. 60 swatches!?!? I gotta see it! Thanks for offering.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Um…oops?

  90. Thanks for the chance to win. That poncho is great!!!

  91. How nice to hear of a book that uses my favourite stitch. I have always liked the look of seed (moss) stitch on sweater cuffs and button bands.

  92. That poncho-love!!!

  93. Seed Stitch yes! I would love to win this book of useful items…I am having images of stash reduction with this book….


  94. Some of these patterns look very interesting, plus seed stitch and I are pretty good friends too.

  95. Patricia Ortiz says:

    Count me in as a lover of seed stitch, I would love to win a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1

  96. I love all the hats and the Zig Zag poncho. Thanks, Wendy!

  97. Seed stitch is my go to for non curling edges. Would love this book.

  98. Carol MacInnis says:

    I’d love to knit that sweater for my expected grandbaby.

  99. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    I chose the same “favourite” firom the selection of patterns. It looks so comfy and yet stylish!
    How is the “Moth” coming along??

  100. Gorgeous cowl! And the baby cardigan ?
    Seed stitch is so versatile.