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How to Knit the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the double alternate andalou stitch. This stitch uses knits and purls to create a subtle textured fabric that is great for blankets, wash cloths, or any pattern that has large panels.

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Skill: Easy
Cast On: Multiples of 6 + 2

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Purl – p

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: K2, *p4, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 3: Knit all sts.
Row 4: P2, *p1, k2, p3; rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch Right Side

Example of the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch Right Side (click for larger)

Example of the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch Wrong Side

Example of the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch Wrong Side (click for larger)

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Comments

  1. Jean Strain

    April 24, 2012

    Love it~~~I have questions every day that YOU solve for me~~thanks~~

  2. Susan

    April 24, 2012

    Loved this stitch – thanks for sharing – glad to see that you are back.

  3. maureen hill

    April 24, 2012

    Thanks for these awesome tutorials. I have learned so many awesome new stitches from your videos. As a new knitter, they are invaluable. Could you someday show how you tension your yarn for english knitting? I cant figure out how you do it and it would make knitting that way much faster.
    Thanks and keep up the great work!
    maureen hill

  4. judyfbh

    April 24, 2012

    On your video Row 4 starts with P2, but on the printed instructions, Row 4  starts with P3. What is the correct Row 4? I like the stitch and would like to make it.
    Thanks.

    • newstitchaday

      April 25, 2012

       @judyfbh it’s a p2. I’ve fixed the written directions. thanks for pointing it out.

  5. anne47allen

    April 24, 2012

    I needed a stich for a baby blanket.  his looks likethe one!   Not too open, nice and warm.

  6. SueFerns

    April 25, 2012

    I really like your new page! It’s not so distracting. Just an idea for future days, show different types of knitting. Like the continental, american, peruvian, old germain, etc. I am on knitting paradise and the folks on there keep talking about different way of knitting. Love your site!

    • newstitchaday

      April 25, 2012

       @SueFerns glad you like it. I would love to do other styles of knitting, but it take about 4 hours just to produce one video in one style. And I’m a horrible continental knitter.