Double Seed Stitch
The 'double seed stitch' is where 2 knit stitches and 2 purl stitches are alternated, so it's exactly what it says on the tin...it's a double-size version of the seed stitch!
Like the seed stitch, it is a reversible texture, and it's also excellent for a beginner to learn because the pattern is made up of only knit and purl stitches. The double seed stitch gives more of a 'checkerboard' pattern rather than the more fine bobbly texture of the seed stitch.
You will first need to cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 (e.g. 6, 10, 14 etc.), and then follow this pattern:
Rows 1 and 4: Knit 2, *(purl 2, knit 2); repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 2 and 3: Purl 2, *(knit 2, purl 2); repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 1-4
This pattern is designed to ensure a symmetrical pattern.
Please take a look at my video for a demonstration:
TIP: The important thing to remember is to move your working yarn through the centre of the needles to the back when you are about to do the knit stitches, and through the needles to the front when you are about to do the purl stitches.
If you'd like to read further explanation on this, please go back to my seed stitch page for more information :)