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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.


  1. 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

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Marilyn Gruber

    I have been following your “Stitchology” square offereings since the beginning. I am a bit confused and hope for assistance. I know you have gone to a new format but I still wish to use the stitches to create a square (want to use all I have completed so far for a blanket). Have just started on the Stitchology 34 double andalusian stitch and am confused with the pattern. No mention is made of “Set Up Rows” as in the past. Usually they always were a few rows of knit, purl, knit to create a border around the square. If I want my squares to be pieced together into a blanket, should I start all squares as in the past and do the first few rows of knit, purl, knit to create a matching border (I would think they would be easier to join if all are alike). But, want to be sure as I have not looked at all the patterns yet and should no mention be made in the future patterns about these “Set Up Rows”, I would like to know how to continue with the pattern, or if added with they change the pattern? Thank you, Marilyn

    1. Hi Marilyn 🙂 I’m so happy to hear you’ve been following along with us on the squares!

      Due to this new format and the extra time involved with creating the video, an entire pattern for the square will not be posted here. But currently, you can find all the charts for the 8″ x 8″ squares since the new format began (Feb 2017: Lacy Hearts) and yarn information at the Ravelry page for each stitch. You should be able to follow along with the chart to make the entire squares.

      As for the Set Up Rows, even though the pattern will be written for the stitches specifically, rather than the entire square, there still may be some listed with certain stitches. It all depends on the stitch pattern itself. If there are rows that are required to “set up” the stitch, but are not included in the repeating pattern rows/stitches, there will be set up rows listed. If there are no rows needed to set up the stitch itself, as in this month’s feature, you won’t see the Set Up Row section. 😉

      I hope this will helps explain things a bit better. I’m so glad to know you’re knitting gorgeous stitches along with us and hope you’ll share the progress of your blanket with us at either our KB Facebook page, or through the stitch listings at Ravelry! 🙂

  4. Char Weaver Edgar

    Which gage works best for the double Andalusian stitch? Mine seems way to tight.

    1. Hi Char 🙂 I don’t think the ply really matters…using the proper weight of yarn for your desired loom to achieve the proper gauge is what counts. You can create this stitch using any weight of yarn really, even the the super heavy weight that is popular now-a-days, as long as it works with your loom. For the loom featured in the video (KB Hat Loom) I am using worsted weight #4.

      The other thing that will impact the way the stitch is turning out is how much your are pulling on your working yarn as you knit. When I use the U-stitch as you can see in the video, I am making sure that the “u” shape that I’ve built into each stitch will not be disturbed when knitting the next peg in line. Sometimes I’ve seen knitters placing too much tension on their working yarn, so that the little bit of looseness that was created in the stitch before is accidentally pulled out when creating the next stitch, resulting in stitches that are too tight for the desired stitch pattern. Try to concentrate on not disturbing the stitches done before; only gently laying the working yarn across and behind the peg, then lifting that loop over with a simple little flip. Does that makes sense? If you still can’t get the tension you desire with the U-stitch, you might try using the traditional true knit stitch, or “reverse purl”, which tends to result in a stitch that is just a little bit looser.

      I hope this helps!

  5. can i use my afgan loom for it stitchology

    1. Hi Opal 🙂 I don’t see why you couldn’t use your afghan loom!

  6. Char Weaver Edgar

    Thank you for your help. I am a newbie to loom knitting or any kind knitting.
    I am learning to make prayer shawls for church on a loom. Have mostly done double
    Knitting but trying to learn single knitting. I think you are right I pull to tight. Hope to try
    This stitch on the KB hat loom for a shawl . Not sure if it will be big enough for a shawl
    Though. Trial and error that’s me. The stitch looks pretty and I need easy. Knitting is
    Suppose to be fun and relaxing not stressful!
    Guess I will see what happens! Thanks. Char

    1. Hi Char…I’m glad I could help! I think the hat loom when adjusted to its fullest settings would be fine for a rectangular shawl. I think this stitch would be very nice featured in a shawl…have fun with it! 😀

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