Dots and Dash Stitch

Resembling the mathematical division sign, the Dots and Dash stitch requires slip stitches to create the “dashes” and knit and purl stitches to produce the “dots” effect. Knitted in a multiple of 6 stitches plus 5 and done in a series of 8-row repeats, this stitch is not complicated but extra attention is needed while knitting because of the consistent switching of yarn from front to back or vice versa.


Skill: easy
Multiple of 6 sts + 5
Color A (shown in yellow)
Color B (shown in teal)

Note: slip all stitches purlwise.

Row 1 (RS) (Color A): knit.
Row 2 (Color A): purl.
Row 3 (Color B): k1, wyif sl 3, *wyib sl 1, k1, sl 1, wyif sl 3; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 4 (Color B): p1, wyib sl 3, *wyif sl 1, wyib k1, wyif sl 1, wyib sl 3; rep from * to the last st, wyif p1.
Row 5 (Color A): knit.
Row 6 (Color A): purl.
Row 7 (Color B): (k1, sl 1) x2, *wyif sl 3, wyib sl 1, k1, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 8 (Color B): p1, sl 1, wyib k1, wyif sl 1, *wyib sl 3, wyif sl 1, wyib k1, wyif sl 1; rep from * to the last st, p1.

Repeat rows 1-8.

Knitting Abbreviations:

wyib (with yarn in back): This term is used when the yarn is at the front of the work (after a PURL stitch has been performed) but has to be put to the back before the next action is performed.  Take the yarn from the front to back between the two needles.

wyif (with yarn in front): bring the yarn forward as if to perform a PURL stitch.

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