A new double knitting scarf in progress. I call it the green arrow as a working title, no real name candidates in sight yet. You want to give double knitting a try? Here is a tutorial.My daughter wanted a weaving frame and I just made up this wonky, wobbly thingy. We switch places when the yarn of the other is finished. I always wanted to weave and now I can at least show off my kindergarden skills again 🙂 Still dreaming of a future working space where an actual loom would fit in – oh the possibilities! But for now it’s rugs for teapots and tiny houses.
Part three of the Double Knitting series is all about how you work your color changes.
Remember, I use the terms blue and white yarn here because I think it’s easier to understand which thread is meant than saying main color and contrast color.
Double knitting creates a two-layer fabric. The stitches are worked in pairs. If you are aiming for stockinette on both sides, one pair consists of one knit and one purl stitch. In order to keep the yarn not worked for the stitch in between the two layers so there become invisible, it has to be behind the worked stitch when knitting and in front of the worked stitch when purling.
If you don’t like handling two threads at a time you can slip the stitches of one color for one row/round, switch to the other color and work the stitches with this color. This takes much longer, because you work every round/row twice.
To start double knitting we need to cast on. Since we create two layaers of fabric we have to cast on twice the amount of stitches of the pattern. At the beginning it looks like there were too many stitches but after some rows/rounds it all falls into place. Each stitch of a pattern comes in a pair. This usually means one pair consists of 2 colors. I tried 3 different methods and want to share them here. I put them all in one swatch to make it easier to see the differences.
Make a slip knot. The slip knot is not the first pai of stitches, it will slip from the needles after it’s purpose is fulfilled.
For every cast on method shown hold your fingers and yarn like this:
I will use the color names blue and white to point out which thread to use.
Continue until you have the amount of stitch pairs you like.
For the dark yarn use the same cast on as in method A (first 3 steps). For the lighter yarn use the following steps:
You see, the 3 methods result in 3 different looks.
Personally I tend to use method C for scarfs and accessories, but I would choose method B for things that get in action at the edges like pullovers, bags. I for myself don’t like the method A for it’s different colored line on each side, but this could be used as an element of design, too. There are certainly more ways to cast on for double knitting. Some people cast on with one color only and switch to double knitting in the second row/round. This results in a one colored edge on both sides. Whatever cast on you use, it is important to choose a rather flexible one, because double knit fabrics are quite flexible, too.+
Double Knitting is a very effective method to do colored knitting. It’s a double layer fabric, so it’s thicker and warmer. Depending on how you work the double knitting each layer is the mirror image of the other. You can create a double knitted fabric that looks different on both sides, but it requires some mind twisting.
When double knitting you work either two strands of yarn or with one and change yarn every row/round slipping every second stitch. The first method is a lot faster, but if you are uncomfortable with holding 2 yarns at the same time it probably is easier to do the slip stitch method.
Double knitted textiles are:
Here are some examples of double knitting: