Double Knitting – Learn The Knitting Technique With A Twist!

Double knitting is a wonderful technique for double fabric. What’s that, you ask? Rest assured, you’ll find out soon enough!

In this article, I teach you how to knit this unique knitting method.

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What Is Double Knitting?

Double knitting is a technique creating a piece of fabric with no wrong side. Incredible, right?

For example, if you’re doing stockinette double knitting, It looks like two pieces of stockinette with the wrong sides together.

You usually do it in two different colors, using two yarns. That creates a fabric that’s one color on one side and the other color on the other side!

The contrasting fibers create a lovely reversible colorwork effect.

That’s why the finished fabric looks like two fabrics at the same time.

Just so you know, when you make double knit patterns, the knit stitch and the purl stitch are done exactly the same.

Double knitting often uses double knitting charts.

Just because it has the word ‘double’ doesn’t mean you can only use this method on double-pointed needles. In the round, flat knitting, it translates to all sorts of knitting needles!

You also cast on twice as many stitches as you would usually, hence the name.

Wouldn’t it be fun to learn a new technique? Visit my guide on how to cast on arm knitting.

Double Knitting For Beginners

How To Knit In Double Knitting

You Need

  • Two balls of yarn
  • Needles to match the weight of the yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

How To Cast On For Double Knitting

  • Take both strands of yarn and make a slip knot. Place it on your needle.
  • Pick one of the strands of yarn, and cast on one stitch using the long-tail cast on. Make sure you’re only using one color!
  • Do the same thing again, but using the other color.
  • Alternate like that until you have a few stitches. 
  • Make sure the number of stitches is even!
  • For the last stitch, use BOTH strands to make a stitch.
  • Your first stitch should be one stitch made of two strands (the slip knot), several single-strand stitches alternating in color, and one stitch made of two strands at the end.
  • You’re ready!

First Row

(For example sake, the colors are red and purple.)

  1. Slip one knitwise. (Slip the double-stranded stitch aka the slip knot) Note: Always slip the first stitch in a double knitting row knitwise.
  2. The next stitch is red. With both yarns in the back, knit the first red stitch with the red thread only. Don’t use both, and don’t use the purple.
  3. Bring both strands to the front. Purl the purple stitch with the purple yarn.
  4. Repeat row 2
  5. Repeat row 3
  6. Repeat rows 2-3 until you come to the last stitch.
  7. Purl the last double-stranded stitch using BOTH yarns. You do that for every last stitch in a row.
  8. Slip the first double-stranded stitch knitwise, just like row 1.
  9. Repeat row 2.
  10. Repeat row 3.
  11. Repeat rows 2-3 until you come to the last stitch.
  12. Repeat row 7.
  13. Repeat rows 8-12 for every row.

How Do You End A Double Knitting?

JoannesWeb shows you various ways to cast off double knitting.

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How To Decrease When Double Knitting

Lorraine L shows you how to do a right and left slanted decrease.

Double Knitting In The Round

Double knitting in the round is the same as knitting flat. Same pattern, same method. The only difference is it’s a tube instead of a flat piece.

Use the same pattern I gave you above, and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Double Knitting On A Loom

Lion Brand Yarn teaches you how to double knit on a knitting loom.

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Double Knitting Techniques

Double Knitting With Three Colors

Lucy shows you how to add another color to double knitting so you can knit with three colors.

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Your Questions Answered

What Is The Purpose Of Double Knitting?

Creating a double-sided fabric with no wrong sides.

How Do You Double Knit One Color?

This pattern creates a double-sided stockinette fabric with one color. You only use one strand of yarn. It looks like a regular double knitted stockinette, just the same color on both sides.

  1. Cast on an even number of stitches
  2. Knit 1
  3. Bring yarn to front
  4. Slip the next stitch as if to purl
  5. Bring the yarn back
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for every row

Is Double Knitting Hard?

No, you just need practice.

How Do You Read A Double Knitting Chart?

Learn how to read a double knitting chart with The Chilly Dog.

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How Do You Knit A Double Thickness?

Enter double knitting! An excellent technique you can use to make double-thickness fabric. Doubly satisfying than regular knitting.

How Do You Double Knit A Blanket?

Here’s a free pattern I found from Purl-Soho. It’s lovely, thick, and squishy!

Is Double Knit Thicker?

Yes! Double knitting is thicker than regular knitting.

Best Way To Add New Ball Of Wool In Double Knitting?

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Double Knitting Vs Brioche

Brioche and double knitting are similar in the way of thickness, but not much else.

  • Brioche knitting is a unique fabric appearing similar to ribbing.
  • Double knitting looks like stockinette on both sides.

Double Knitting Vs Aran

Use Aran knitting to create beautifully intricate cabled patterns on sweaters, hats, and other garments. Although you can make double-sided cables, double knitting is typically stockinette on both sides.

Double knitting is a double-sided fabric with no wrong sides. You can make double-sided cables, blankets, cowls, scarves, and all sorts.

Why not try the double knitting technique for your next project? Happy knitting!

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