Double Sided Knitting - Help!

Hi guys, I've read about double sided knitting, but for the life of me can't seem to figure it out. Can anyone provide me with some suggestions on how this is done? Everything I've knitted doesn't look right... I think I understand about working on circular needles and working two passes (one for each color), but as for which yard to bring forward/backward, and which stitches to use, I have no idea. Do I knit the from color and then purl the alternate color? Or am I just completely confused?

I'm asking because a friend would like a baby blanket for christmas and I though I'm try a double sided one with alternating hearts in two shades of pink.

Thanks for any pointers / advice!


Hi Brian
Did you check out Knitting help? There is a video there of how to do DKNG.

Here are some other links, maybe you have already been there, if not check them out.

Good luck

BrianFTL's picture

Thanks Ed, I'll check out those links!

YugiDean's picture

I love double knitting! :-D

Essentially, you carry both yarns with you as you work. If you're using a pattern and not just winging it, heed my warning: Double-knit charts are WILDLY confusing. They're usually written in such a way that says "This means k1 MC, p1 CC" on odd rows, but the reverse on even rows," and I hate that. It's so annoying.

In any case, every stitch is actually made up of two stitches. You have to think of it like this. You're doing a tight k1,p1 rib pattern. Only the knit stitches will show up on any given side...unless your knitting is really loose, then you've got a problem.

So as you're working in a rib pattern, you will always knit with the color you want to show for that stitch, then purl once with the opposite color. ALWAYS carry the unused yarn with you. In other words, when you knit your first stitch (regardless of which color) and you move your yarn so you can purl with the opposite color, be sure to bring BOTH strands of yarn to the front, but you will only purl with the color intended. Carry both strands to the back of your work to knit the following stitch, again being sure to only use one strand to actually knit.

I hope that helps somewhat.

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

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BrianFTL's picture

Cool! Thanks, I think I finally get it. I got lost trying to follow a chart for double knitting, and yea, it's kinda annoying. Your explanation of it as a kind of ribbing makes sense. Thanks for your help!

YugiDean's picture

You can also try re-writing the chart for yourself. I did that for a double-knitted argyle scarf because I kept jacking it up when I'd get so far in and would get confused about which rows meant one and which were the opposite. I also got tired of referencing the chart "just to make sure." If you want to adjust your chart, just reverse the colors on it on every other row. Then one red box would be *k1 red, p1 pink* everywhere it appears instead of being reversed on certain rows. Although, reversing the chart can also be an exercise in annoyance as well. My piano teacher always told me I make things too hard. I don't use the "correct" or easiest fingering. I don't hold my yarn "properly." I re-chart my double-knitting projects. I use DPNs instead of magic loop. And the list goes on. LOL I guess I just like a challenge?

Or perhaps I'm just a glutton for punishment.

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

StuartWS's picture

Is it just me? Or does this kind of thing makes anyone else's head spin?

Then I want to cry.

The only double knitting FO i've seen is the Uncle argyle scarf from Son of Stich 'n' Bitch, and I wasn'ts so taken with it that I actually wanted to go through the learning curve of a new technique.


Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog Interesting technique just in case you had nothing to do lol!

Thomasknits's picture

I learned double knitting from the video on; it's under the advanced techniques section. It helps a whole lot if you are doing one or both colors continentally. It's definitely much easier to understand from seeing it, than it is to try to describe and read about.