Double-knitting difficulties

I've been trying to work a double-knit pattern, and while the technique isn't "hard," it IS kind of annoying to master.

I've only recently gotten comfortable with continental knitting, so trying to keep two strands on one finger is a bit awkward. My other option, of course, is to hold the main color continental-style and the contrast color in my right hand. But then I feel like I'm wasting a lot of energy bringing that darn CC back and forth.

Has anyone found any tricks for keeping both strands in the left hand when working in double-knit? I've watched the Knitting Help video a couple times, but my hands are just too big to use the first finger/second finger technique she prefers.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sorry...every time I've tried two strands on the same hand it got complicated. I just carry my dominant color in my throwing hand and pick up the contrast continental style. If the dominant color switches for another section, I switch that color to my throwing hand. I've done this for years and it doesn't seem to slow me down at all. Lots of luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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albert's picture

The problem with carring both colors in one hand is that the color you are not knitting with at the moment is generating slack as you knit the other color. Then, when its time for the color you haven't been knitting, the strand is loose and you have to re-tension it. I've tried two color knitting holding both yarns in the left and the right, but like Joe, found it to be complicated and not workable. The best way to go for me is two-handed. As for this trend to abandon English style for continental, I consider it to be just a herd-mentality fad. Sorry to speak so bluntly, but that's the way I see it.

rjcb3's picture

Why not try knitting your dominant colour with your weaker method and your stranding colour with your stronger...

When I work with two colours, I use the two methods.

I'm stronger and have better control with the English over the Continental, so, I will actually work my dominant colour of the row with the Continental because the dominant colour is just stitches to be knit in the pattern. I have better control stranding with good tension via English.

When working with two colours, it's the stranding that makes all the difference...too loose and fingers and buttons and other things underneath get caught and then pull and tug and make the whole thing a mess, while too tight is just an unspeakable tragedy (such like the words of that Zimmermann woman.)


albert's picture

Good point, Robert. I tend to declare whichever color I will be using most to be my "right-hand color"; since I have better control with my right hand, this works well for me.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's my approach as well. Since I maintain fairly even tension using English or Continental, it isn't too much problem for me but "dominant color/dominant hand" helps me keep up an even rhythm. Less likely to accidentally knit the wrong color in the wrong spot, either. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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jdkcubed's picture

I would sooner knit with broken glass than double knitting - - it so takes FOREVER to get anywhere. . .

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