Jul 3, 2017

Stitchology 34: Double Andalusian Stitch

This month we feature a stitch with a rhythmic and almost calming repeating pattern of simple knits and purls. The Double Andalusian Stitch, sometimes called the Ridge Rib Stitch, is wonderfully versatile and can provide that perfect amount of interest to any project at hand.

We have changed the format just a little bit for our Stitchology Column.  Each of the featured stitches will be explained row by row via both written and video instructions.  We will be focusing on highlighting the repeating stitch pattern itself, so that you can enjoy the freedom of putting these new stitch patterns to use in your own projects as creativity strikes.  We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning new stitches with us! :)

Find all the previous Stitchology Columns at this link here.

Special Stitch Instructions

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.


Chart for Repeating Pattern Rows


*Note: The stitches in the chart that are bordered with darker lines are the Repeating Pattern Rows/Stitches.

When working a Flat Panel, the stitches outside the border square are worked only once: at the end of the odd rows, after all the repeats of the Repeating Pattern Rows are completed and at the beginning of the even rows, before the Repeating Pattern Rows are worked and repeated.

When working in the Round, only repeat the 3 stitches of the Repeat Pattern Rows within the border…the stitches outside the border squares are not worked at all.  Make sure to simply read each row from right to left and work in a clockwise direction.


Repeating Pattern Rows for working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 3, plus 1 extra stitch at the end. Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Rows 1 & 2: k all sts.

Row 3:  *k1, p2, rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 4:  k all sts.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until desired length.


Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 3):

Rounds 1 & 2: k all sts.

Round 3: *k1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 4:  k all sts.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until desired length.


Have questions or comments?  Please feel free to leave a message for Bethany in the comments below.


  • I am asking about the sea coral cap. Crown I am confused

    I move stitch 1 to peg2 Do I knit off?

    Next part I do not understand If I am correct I have empty odd begs? I do not understand B/o the even pegs

    Thank you for your help

  • Hi Betty :) The best thing to do to get the original designer’s attention, and to help those that come along behind you reading the comments for questions they may have, is to place your comment at the bottom of the post that you are referring to. This just helps everyone in the long run and is more effective to reach your particular designer for answers. ;)

    Although I did not write the Sea Coral Cap pattern, I think I can answer your question…

    In the crown, it looks like Denice is having you do a less bulky gathered BO. The gathered BO is what is normally used to cinch in the top of a hat. She is just saying to first thread through all the odd pegs, tighten that a bit, then to thread back through all the even pegs. You will then remove the hat from the loom and cinch in the first pegs gathered all the way, then proceed with the 2nd group of pegs. You can close any resulting hole at the top by neatly stitching closed.

    I hope this helps!

  • Sorry Betty I just now saw your comment. Thank you Bethany for answering. She is right. Its just to decrease half the peg count so when you run the yarn to gather it will be less bulky.

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