Andalusian Stitch Knitting Pattern

Andalusian Stitch Knitting Pattern

The andalusian stitch is an easy to knit stitch pattern. It’s basically stockinette stitch but with a little twist.

Every fourth row alternates knits and purls, as in 1+1 ribbing.

It’s simple but with a little more texture to it than the regular stockinette stitch.

This stitch can be used for sweaters or blankets. Just add a few purl stitches to a stockinette pattern to add some more interest to your project!

How to knit the andalusian knitting stitch

Is the andalusian stitch reversible

No, the andalusian stitch is not reversible. The right and the wrong side looks different. It’s clean and pretty on the wrong side too, and it wouldn’t be a problem to let it show.

Does this stitch curl

Yes, this stitch does curl because there’s more of the knits than the purls. This makes the tension in the fabric uneven.

Learn more:
Prevent curling edges in stockinette. This post goes deep into why knit fabric curls and what to do about it.

Is this stitch easy enough for beginners

Yes, this stitch is very easy to knit. Once you have got the hang of stockinette stitch you will be able to knit andalusian stitch too. It’s just knit and purls!

The supplies needed

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To knit the andalusian stitch pattern you will need:

Knitting abbreviations

K – Knit stitch
P – Purl stitch

Need to learn some knitting abbreviations? I keep this list of 88 knitting abbreviations in my knitting journal. Of course, I made a printable pdf to share with my readers as well! You find it in this post

How to knit the andalusian knitting stitch

Andalusian stitch knitting pattern

Cast on an even number of stitches

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat *–* across the row
Row 4: Purl

Repeat row 1–4

Knit the andalusian stitch in the round

Cast on an even number of stitches

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat *–* across the row
Row 4: Knit

Double andalusian stitch

There are also a variation called double andalusian stitch. This stitch has two knit stitches and on purl stitch in the ”rib”-row.

Cast on a multiple of three + 1

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: P1 *K2, P1* repeat *–* across the row

Repeat row 1–4

Want to learn how to skip the purl rows?

I dislike the purl rows because I feel they both slow me down and I have troubles keeping tension when I knit only purl stitches.

So instead of turning my work and purling the purl rows I knit does rows backward.

When I knit backward I get the right tension and I feel like I get a better flow!

Reading tip:
Knit backward instead of purling

How to knit the andalusian knitting stitch

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