Double Knitting - OMG

I had some left over yarn from the Christmas stockings I made recently and ran across this pattern. Double knitting? Why not? LOL OMG I had to frog this 4-5 times before I got the hang of it! I am now making one in cranberry and oatmeal...then packing them both away in all the Christmas stuff for next year. This looks easy, but I really had to pay attention to the pattern so not to make mistakes...there is one anyway, but I am okay with it. There is a saying that nothing should be perfect except that which is made by God. My knitting is proof of that! LOL

btw it is a potholder.

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Thunderhorse54's picture

Very nice! I have not as yet tried double-knitting.

JRob's picture

Not sure what double knitting is. Enlighten us. I just picked up on a sale table a book by Anne Maj Ling called Two-End Knitting which is a traditional Scandinavian Technique also known as "Twined Knitting". As the word two-end knitting suggests, one knits tow ends of the yarn and one knits by "throwing" in the old way. Both strands are held in the right hand and twisted around each other in the same direction between every stitch. This twisting gives a particularly firm but flexible character to the finished garment. I calls for winding the two different skeins of yarn together into a single ball and knitting both ends from that new single ball. Her book is detailed and describes the technique with both pictures and sketches. It has patterns for mittens, gloves, hats and sweaters. It looks fascinating. I cannot wait to give one of the projects a try.

Paul -your finished product looks great. You should feel a real sense of accomplishment.


PaulKnittingNow's picture

Hi JRob
Double knitting creates two fabrics at once. You knit with two strands of yarn, k every other stitch and purl every other stitch - like I said creating two fabrics at once that "doubles" the thickness of the fabric making a mirror image of each side. Not a very elegant explanation, but look on youtube - plenty of examples. The pics I posted are the same item - just different sides.

KenInMaine's picture

Very nice. I just ordered the "Extreme Double Knitting" book. Hope to be trying a double knitting project soon. Not necessarily looking forward to the learning curve and the frogging, but I do like technical knitting, so I think it'll be fun.

Bill's picture

I'm expecting Tom to post about Double Knitting...
I've been doing some twined knitting to create a heavier fabric for a felted cowboy hat...I love twined knitting.

scottly's picture

Cool, but I have to say you are braver than I.

Tom Hart's picture

Welcome to the world of double-knitting, Paul. If you haven’t found it already, there’s a double-knitting group on Ravelry.

The first thing that blew me away about double-knitting (and I was still a new knitter with less than six months of knitting experience at the time) was that there was such a thing as completely relaxed, non-curly, flat and drapey stockinette. Just. Couldn’t. Get. Over. It.

The second thing that I liked was that I got more even results with it than with stranded-knitting. I found that double-knitting has got bags of stretch and it’s reversible!

And the third thing was just the way it felt. It’s got a pretty high squish-quotient. When I first started, I used to stop just to cop a feel quite often.

I must say though that what makes it so easy for me to do is that I knit PK, i.e., I use the Portuguese knitting technique. It’s the method with the yarn around the neck. PK makes knitting with 2 colors unbelievably easy. (And there’s a Ravelry group for PK too.)

Good luck with it, Paul. I find it to be a superb option for color work...

Kerry's picture

Congratulations Paul your pot-holder looks a very nice piece of knitting. I've not tried double knitting.

CLABBERS's picture

Well done, Paul! I want to try double knitting as well. I'd like to do a scarf that is nice and thick.


KjoyPsorrow's picture

Wow, that is very impressive! I love the colors and the design. Yeah, I'm with JRob; I've never heard of double knitting until now. I'll have to check that out on youtube.

AKQGuy's picture

That is some very nice work. Congratulations. I myself should try this since I detest fair isle so much (the doing, not the result I love other people's fair isle). I am able to do fair isle quite well but just don't enjoy what I consider to be very fiddly knitting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice. I had a friend who knit gorgeous double knit blankets all of the time. They were her signature pieces. I've done doubleknitting for a bowtie but should consider it for a big project.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

skier.richie's picture

Ha Ha Ha... Double Knitting is very tedious but get very nice results.
The number of stitches are doubled as you knit two pieces of fabric at once (back to back).
I did a Spiderman/Venom scarf. Spidey side is black webbing on a red field; Venom side is white webbing on a black field. So it is a 3 color double knit. I put fringe at the ends; blue for Spidey side and white for Venom side. As for holding the yarn, I used both hands; American for knit side, Continental for the purl (back side). So I would knit American (using front side color) followed by purl Continental (using back color).
It is a lot of knitting but fun. Good luck on your double knit projects!
Looks great, keep them coming :-)

Tom Hart's picture

I've seen some videos on Ravelry as well as YouTube of people double-knitting and it looks very tedious, indeed. It also looks arduous and painstaking. I hope very soon to post a video somewhere of me double-knitting a swatch using the Portuguese knitting method (PK). Double-knitting using that method is utterly effortless and astoundingly easy. A ten-year-old could do it...

PK makes stranded work very easy too. And my experience is that, with PK, double-knitting is actually even easier than stranded knitting. No floats to carry, adjust or trap: you just purl the color you're carrying.