How to Crochet the Tunisian Seed Stitch

How to Crochet the Tunisian Seed Stitch

Are you looking to expand your Tunisian crochet skills? Among its many beautiful stitch patterns, the Tunisian crochet seed stitch stands out for its simplicity and texture. The unique stitch pattern combines knitting and traditional crochet elements. The stitch looks similar to knit stitches, but you work with your Tunisian crochet hooks. The beautiful pattern looks lovely in garments, accessories, home décor and anything you can crochet. To help you get started with this Tunisian crochet stitch pattern, we'll take you through each step in this blog.

What is the Tunisian Crochet Seed Stitch?

The Tunisian crochet seed stitch is a variation of the traditional seed stitch commonly found in knitting. Like the seed stitch in knitting that requires knit and purl stitches, the Tunisian version is worked with the Tunisian Knit and Purl Stitches. It creates a dense, textured fabric that looks like seeds. The alternating rows of raised bumps and recessed valleys give a unique look. This stitch pattern is perfect for many projects, from scarves and blankets to sweaters and hats. If you want to add depth and visual interest to your crochet project, this stitch pattern will add to its beauty.

To help you get practice with the stitch pattern, start with a small swatch. The practice project can turn up as a dishcloth for your kitchen if it turns right, or you can unravel the yarn anytime to begin again.

Gather your supplies

Tunisian Crochet hook Form Lanter Moon

Tunisian crochet hook: Tunisian crochet requires a special crochet hook different from traditional crochet hooks. The hook is longer than regular hooks, with either a stopper or an interchangeable cord on the other end. The hooks come in the standard size, similar to regular hooks. Lantern Moon’s interchangeable Tunisian crochet hook combines smooth ebony wood with nylon-coated stainless steel cords, making it the ultimate hook to enjoy or even start with the unique crocheting experience. Choose a H (5mm) size or the size mentioned in the pattern or yarn label.

Yarn: Use yarn from your stash or get a DK yarn in your favorite shade. DK yarns are perfect for all kinds of projects, plus they make easily visible stitches so that you can follow your movements regardless of the complexities of the stitch pattern. If you are thinking of learning new stitches, you can also use your leftover yarn stash from previous projects.

Accessories: Keep a pair of scissors, stitch markers, and finishing needles in your craft kit.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Now, let's dive into the step-by-step instructions for crocheting the Tunisian seed stitch. You will follow the guidelines of Tunisian crocheting, so there will be no turning the project, as you'll be working on the right side at all times.

Make a Foundation Chain:

Start by creating a foundation chain of the desired length for your project. The number of chains should be a multiple of two plus one additional chain for the turning. For example, cast on 30+1 stitch for a small swatch. 

Crochet the Forward Pass:

Begin the forward pass by inserting your Tunisian crochet into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Continue this process across the entire row, pulling up one loop in each chain. You should have the same number of loops on your hook as the number of chains in your foundation chain.

Crochet the Return Pass:

To work the return pass, yarn over and pull through the first loop on the hook. Then, yarn over again and pull through two loops on the hook. Repeat this process until only one loop remains on the hook. With this step, you've completed one row of Tunisian simple stitches.

Seed Stitch Rows:

To create the seed stitch pattern, you'll alternate between the Tunisian simple stitch (TSS) and Tunisian purl stitch (TPS). Here's how to work each stitch:

Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS): Insert your hook under the vertical bar of the next stitch from right to left. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS):

  1. Bring the yarn to the front of your work.
  2. Insert your hook from right to left under the vertical bar of the next stitch.
  3. Yarn over and pull up a loop.


Continue alternating between TSS and TPS stitches across each row until you reach the end of the row.


Once you've completed the desired number of rows, finish off your work by binding off. Work a slip stitch bind-off by inserting your hook into the next stitch, yarning over, and pulling through both loops on the hook.

Weave in Ends: 

Finally, weave in any loose ends using a finishing needle to secure them and trim any excess yarn.

With this guide, you've mastered the Tunisian crochet seed stitch. This stitch pattern will elevate your crochet projects with its beautiful texture and versatility. Experiment with different yarn weights and color combinations to create unique and stunning designs. 

Trying out new stitch patterns becomes easier when you are comfortable. Lantern Moon understands the needs of crocheters and offers smooth ebony wood crochet hooks crafted by skilled artisans. The hooks enhance the crafting experience with their luxury silk finish, warm surface, and ergonomic design that reduces hand fatigue.

Happy crocheting!

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