Double knitting

Tom Hart's picture

This is my first double knitting swatch. It’s done with some Lion Brand cotton yarn that has turned out to be a little pillish. But I’ve found out that I sure do like double knitting. Ever since I first started knitting or even first started thinking about it, I knew I wanted to do color work. So I investigated mosaic patterns and stranded patterns and most recently double knitting. I’m liking double knitting a lot. I like the fact that it’ll lay flat by itself right off the needle. I also think that it’s a superb stitch for a rug. The fact that it’s a double-thickness fabric makes for built-in cush. I’m working on a bathroom rug for myself now. I’m using this design and some similar ones that I got out of the Vogue Stitchionary 3. The double-knitted, worsted-weight, cotton fabric is the perfect thing to step onto as I get out of the shower.

One curious thing about double knitting for me: it comes out loose. When I knit regular single-thickness stockinette, it comes out tight. When I double knit, it comes out very loose. To compensate I’ve started using smaller needles.

To get that edge you see in the photo, I purled the last stitch of the row using both strands, i.e., when I came to the last pair, instead of knitting one and purling the other I took the pair together and purled it with both strands of the right needle. (p2tog, I guess.) And then when I turned the work over I slipped that first, two-stranded stitch of the row knitwise. That’s how you get that edge: purl the last stitch of the row and slip the first stitch of the row knitwise.

I learned the whole thing off YouTube.

As always, I used the Portuguese method, far and away the best method for color work that I’ve come across. No muss. No fuss. No non-dominant hand. No tangles, no tears. Learned that off YouTube too.

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Comments

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks for the encouraging

Thanks for the encouraging words, Amigos. Your comments mean more to me than any others and your encouragement is beyond priceless. Thanks, Guys.

Stan Stansbury's picture

I am amazed at how quickly

I am amazed at how quickly you learn, and how productive you are. This is great stuff.

Stan Stansbury's picture

I am amazed at how quickly

I am amazed at how quickly you learn, and how productive you are. This is great stuff

ronhuber's picture

Tom, that is going to be a

Tom, that is going to be a handsome rug. I admire your work. I have tried it but do not have the patience.

Pinecone's picture

This is beautiful, Tom.

This is beautiful, Tom. I've done a lot of color stranding and have read about colorwork using double knitting but have never tried it before... your experience inspires me to give it a try. I hope you'll post pictures of the rug when it is finished. Thanks for posting this!
John

chipsir's picture

My gosh, that is

My gosh, that is beautiful...now I want to try it, I just need to find the time. I would really like to see the rug when it is finished.

chipsir's picture

My gosh, that is

My gosh, that is beautiful...now I want to try it, I just need to find the time. I would really like to see the rug when it is finished.

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Nice job, it looks very good!

KilgoreTrout's picture

Yeah double knitting is

Yeah double knitting is really great! I almost prefer it to all the other color work techniques. In the end you're not left with millions of ends to hide, and if you do have a few they are very easy to tuck away!

Be sure and post a foto of the rug when you're done!

Bill's picture

I've seen that piece...and

I've seen that piece...and it sturdy!

Thepook's picture

Beautiful work, Tom! Now I

Beautiful work, Tom! Now I need to pull up YouTube and investigate this.

Pook