The Sand Stitch Variation creates an interesting look. My free pattern, Sweethearts, Variation Two uses this stitch.
It is a two row repeat.
Row 1) Knit all stitches
Row 2) K1, p1, repeat across row.
When working a different border pattern, it may be helpful to place a stitch marker after the first four stitches and in front of the last four stitches.