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How to Knit the Sand/Dot Stitch | Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series Part 6

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Hello and welcome to part 6 of the Learn to Knit Series. In this post, you'll learn how to knit the sand and dot stitch using just the purl and knit stitch. If you haven't already, make sure you read the entire Learn to Knit Beginner Stitch Series. It's all free! Learn more on the post in this collection, How to Cast On.

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In case you were wondering, the sand and dot stitch are different sides of the same stitch pattern. They may look the same but have some key differences. Check out the pictures below to identify which is which. To the left is the sand stitch (the "right side" of the piece), and to the right is the dot stitch (the "wrong side" of the piece).

Just to be extra clear- the photos above are opposite sides of the same piece.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me!

Now that you understand the difference between the sand and dot stitch, let's get into the materials and instructions for knitting these beautiful patterns!


Make sure you read our amazing in-depth review of the materials in Part 1. Everything from the quality to the functionality is discussed. We have tried each one of them and recommend that you use them, hands down!

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How to Knit the Sand/Dot Stitch

1. Cast on an even amount of stitches

In this example, we cast on 20 stitches.

2. Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, and repeat until the end of the row

Make sure you start with the knit stitch and not the purl stitch- this is important!

3. Knit stitch the entire row

4. Purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, and repeat until the end of the row

Make sure you start with the purl stitch and not the knit stitch- again, this is important!

5. Knit stitch the entire row

6. Repeat steps 2-5 until your piece reaches your desired length

That's it! This stitch has a few more steps than the stockinette stitch, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to me via email at or the comments down below. We hope you join us in the next post of the series, Learn to Knit 2x2 Ribbing! Until next time!

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