How to knit the Alternating Dot stitch in four rows
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Alternating Dot stitch

In today’s post I’m sharing how to knit the Alternating Dot stitch, the cousin of another adorable pattern we practiced a while ago: The Dot stitch.

The Alternating Dot stitch creates a fabric with rich texture on both sides; it’s super easy to do, ideal for beginners.


Well, there are several reasons:

First of all, it’s a four-row repeat pattern, two of which are plain knit rows… YAY!

The other two rows involve a short repeat of knits and purls.

Secondly, because of the frequency of knit and purl stitches on the even rows, your piece will remain flat. 

It won’t curl nor bend, so there’s no need of blocking nor adding an edge or border.

Finally, it’s a great pattern for a wide range of garments and accessories, including scarves, infinite cowls, and blankets, because both sides are charming!

Ok, no more chatting, let’s knit something pretty 🙂 


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

P: Purl

K: Knit

RS: Right side of the work

BO: Bind off

This swatch was knitted in 100% Peruvian cotton yarn (it comes in bright colors and the quality is fantastic!) #ad

Alternating Dot stitch, an easy knitting pattern for beginners. So Woolly.

 Using my US 7 / 4.5 mm bamboo needles #ad

Alternating Dot stitch pattern

CO an odd number of stitches; i.e.: 15 st (the edge stitches, the first and the last are included, and will be knitted on each row).

1º and 3º rows (RS): K across

2º row: K1 (edge), P1, *K1, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1 (edge)

4º row: K1 (edge), K1, *P1, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1 (edge)

This four rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished BO knitwise after a row 4 (RS).

This is the other side of the work:

Alternating Dot stitch knitting pattern and tutorial. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Alternating Dot stitch

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina –  So Woolly

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