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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