Mary Beth Temple

How to Work the Andalusian Stitch

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There are thousands of stitch patterns that can be worked into your knitting. The Andalusian stitch is a simple textured pattern that can be used for a many different types of projects. You might find this stitch pattern used in baby blankets for beginners, socks, hats, and so much more.

Knitting expert Mary Beth Temple demonstrates just how easy the Andalusian stitch is to knit. All it takes is knit stitches and purl stitches to create this delicate pattern. It’s worked by purling all the stitches when working the wrong side rows. On the right side rows, you will either work a row of knit stitches or a row of alternating knits and purls.

You’ll notice that this pattern is not reversible. Mary Beth shows both the right and wrong sides of her swatch, and you can easily see that the right side of the fabric is a background of Stockinette stitch, with the purl ridges creating texture and interest every fourth row.

If you are working a particular knitting pattern, such as a baby blanket, the pattern will tell you how many stitches to cast on and work. You may commonly find this stitch pattern worked over an odd number of stitches and worked flat, in rows, as follows:

– Row 1 (Right Side): Knit all stitches.
– Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl all stitches.
– Row 3: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1.
– Row 4: Purl all stitches.

Repeating these four rows will create the Andalusian stitch and you’ll be on your way to creating lovely, delicate knitting projects with it.

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5 Responses to “How to Work the Andalusian Stitch”

  1. Jennie Baker

    I guess I should have read the comments first. No response needed…Thank you

  2. Jennie Baker

    I’m confused…..your written instructions are completely different than your video HELP 😉

  3. Mary Jane Magee

    Confused as to how to start after casting on. What is the correct order of the four stitch pattern. I really like this!

    • Customer Service

      Hi Mary Jane,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      After you cast on, you will knit across the first row. Then you will turn your work and purl a full row. It is on the third row of your knitting that you will work the pattern of (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1. On the fourth row, you will purl across. I hope that provides the clarification needed to get started!

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