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:
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:
- drape different than one-layer knittings
- don't roll at any edge
- stitches are wider than their height (laying rectangle)