Casting on 255 stitches when you’re a recovering cowl-a-holic is hard enough. Continuing for a million rows in seed stitch is something else.
Don’t get me wrong I adore seed stitch. I love the pattern and dense stitches. I love the squishyness of the end product. I love the way the purl bumps slot into the space between two purl bumps on the row below. I love how it looks complicated and fancy to a non-knitter. And while I count the ways I love seed stitch, I know that each love point comes with a caveat.
Dense stitches mean this is a long haul project. I’ll be looking for something to knit up quickly next time I’m browsing Ravelry.
That squishyness results from alternating knit and purl (SWYAC tutorial). But knit one, purl one have an evil twin – yarn forward, yarn back. While I’m doing the knitting equivalent of the hokey cokey, there’s no chance of developing a smooth rhythm.
And that orderly fashion of purl bump sorting, that only forces more rows into 4 inches than any other stitch pattern I know. For example, my current seed stitch project has 20 stitches and 40 rows in 4 inches. Seriously, 40 rows in worsted weight yarn and I’m only at 4 inches!!!
If ever there was a knitting stitch that incorporated the love and loathe of the knitter into each loop of yarn, seed stitch would be it.