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Topic: Double Knitting: a mostly pictorial tutorial  (Read 33974 times)
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« on: January 25, 2008 12:23:07 PM »

Let me preface this by saying I never imagined writing any sort of knitting tutorial from which other people can actually better their knitting skills.  I've learned a lot from the other knitting craftsters here, so I wanted to contribute the knowledge I've gathered because I'm grateful to others who took the time to do the same. 

So on with the mostly pictorial tutorial...

This is my example:

I used the graph I made up for my Disney scarf in this tut since it's the most recent one I've worked on.  I like Caron simply soft for these scarves and a size 9 circular needle.  The circular needle is for no reason other than I don't like the ends of needles poking out all over the place and I am quite good at losing needles.  I have to make a conscious effort to keep all my dpn's rubber banded together.  This size needle and the simply soft make a really soft scarf, and since it is two layers it insulates heat better. 

I searched google for a knitting graph and downloaded it.  http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/asymmetric/

I knew stitches were rectangular but not which direction.  Turns out they are wider than they are tall.  I think.  At least they are in my graph and it worked out pretty well.  So here's my graph for the Mickey head.

I used the long tail cast on method with both tan and brown held together.  Make sure your colors alternate.  Cast on 20 for this graph.

When you get to the end of your row, turn.  Hold the loose end and the ball of yarn ends together and make a couple stitches.  Don't cut the loose ends yet.  To make these stitches you're going to knit then purl.  I am knitting tan and purling brown.  If you do this it will give you a solid tan on one side and solid brown on the other.  I like to hold one strand in each hand so they don't get tangled and I can keep consistent tension on both strands.  Important!: Your first stitch is always knit.  Tan is the first loop, so tan is a knit stitch. 

When you get to the end you'll have tan all the way across.

Also Important!:  When you get to the end of a row, turn.  Now you're looking at the brown side.  Twist your two yarns together so the ends of the rows stay together.  Always twist counter-clockwise for a consistent edge.  This looks better than clockwise and much better than doing both. 

Pull your strands tight-ish (not super tight) and you will have brown on top and tan on bottom.  You brown is now the knit and tan is the purl.  Notice the first loop is brown?  Good.  Knit and purl across until you get to the other side.  After you pass the doubled loops from your cast on you can cut the strings off.

Now for the fun.  Continue knitting and purling until you have your desired length.  I just did the two rows.  On the graph I have eight blank spaces, four shaded spaces, and eight more blank spaces.  Each space represents both a knit and a purl stitch.  So knit and purl eight times, ending with a purl.  Now you will purl the next stitch, bringing it to the front.  So you will purl, knit for four spaces.  You ended with a brown knit, and you will knit a tan stitch to get tan back to the front.  Whatever color you knit will show on the side which is currently facing up.  Continue to knit, purl across. 

Turn your work and twist your strands counter-clockwise.  Knit and purl the next row, giving you this.

Follow the graph until you get to the end.

I did two more solid rows of knit,purl and then did my bind off.  The only difference between this and a single color bind off is holding both tan and brown together again, and picking up one of each color as a single stitch.   

Finish and you're done!  There, that wasn't so bad.  Please let me know if anything is unclear, and definitely post what you make.  I'm excited to see a bunch of double knit projects on craftster.  Now go double knit!

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008 12:32:40 PM »

Thank you Tiegh!!  This is awesome and very well done.  I was searching on the web last night about double knitting and your tutorial is very clear and helpful.  Thank you!!

And I do hope that you're able to find the helix pattern you made.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2008 01:06:30 PM »

THanks for the awesome tut! I've never been able to figure out double knitting, but that actually makes sense!

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2008 01:10:12 PM »

This is fantastic!  You definitely have some good knitting karma coming your way Grin

Edited to add:  I am a super geek and going to wally world to get some new yarn specially to try this tonight (yes it is friday...super geek!)
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2008 01:58:56 PM »

thank you SO much! I'm gonna actually give this a shot now after my last exam next week Smiley i've always wanted to learn but have always been afraid to Sad but no more! Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008 03:55:27 PM »

This looks like a great tute! Now, if only I knew how to knit...  Smiley (I'm a crocheter, but would like to try to learn to knit as well, mostly to say that I can do both Wink )

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2008 04:39:46 PM »

This is great. I'm a noob and the most I can do is knit scarves. I think I'm going to try this out. Thanks for the pattern.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008 09:27:22 PM »

Thanks for the tute! I have saved it to my favorites!

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2008 06:18:31 AM »

If you don't make the pattern, can you separate the two?  I thought double knitting means you want to knit two identical pieces with the same needles and at the same time.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2008 08:06:52 AM »

This is awesome, Thank you so much!!

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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2008 09:43:44 AM »

Thanks for the kind words!  I'm happy to share something I love to do. 

indigo_roses- give it a try.  www.knittinghelp.com is an amazing resource.  I've learned a lot from the website, and it has videos to help with just about everything.  I used to be a crocheter, but I like being able to do both.

lanyu- If you don't make the pattern and just knit on one side and purl on the other you will have two solid colored pieces but they will still be connected at the sides.  If you didn't twist the sides I suppose you could separate them.  I've never tried.  Making the pattern interlocks the two sides.  My goal with double knitting is not to knit two identical pieces, but one piece with reverse colors on either side.

atsuko-  I checked my original post with the double helix scarf and fortunately I remembered to include the web site where I got the pattern.  http://magknits.com/May06/patterns/rosalind.htm   I just copied the chunky pattern since the dk pattern was larger.  I copied it onto regular graph paper, but once I got to the top of the pattern I realized I had to do the reverse for the next chunk.  So I flipped my graph paper over and traced the pattern onto the back.  As long as you remember what side you're on you'll be set. 
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2008 01:25:33 PM »

Gah, confusing! Double knitting and entrelac turn my brain to mush, but I'll try again with the help of your tutorial. Thank you :3

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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2008 05:54:06 PM »

I am SOO glad you did this, I was wondering how to double knit for a long time now, and this is GREAT!
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2008 06:34:24 PM »

This is great, maybe I'll work up the courage to try it!
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2008 05:42:23 PM »

This is a great tutorial, thanks so much for posting it! I saw a lovely checkered scarf on knitty that uses this method, but I was so unfamiliar with this technique I had no idea what I was doing. This makes it crystal clear! Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2012 08:47:01 PM »

Knitted the first few rows and realized mine is coming out inside out? At first I thought it was garter, but the front and back sides sorta made a pocket and i looked in and the stockinette is on the inside. Any tips how to fix me? haha
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2012 06:41:54 PM »

Great Tutorial! i have never tried anything with the two colors like that and after reading your tutorial I really feel like i might be able to do it! thnx
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