I am currently working on this pattern for a "candle tree" (see here), except I need to double it. It has been the most challenging thing for me to do yet! I never thought it would be so difficult. It is full of YOs, cables and right and left twists. So my question is: has anybody ever had to double a pattern and have any advice on the best way to do it?
I have made a regular size swatch to make sure I knew how to knit it, and decided to rewrite my own doubled pattern so it wouldn't be so confusing for me to double as I knitted; but at this point I'm not convinced it wouldn't be easier to just double as I knit!
Also, the person I am knitting this for does not like the look of the YOs in the leaf patterns, and I guess I could just increase by a stitch instead of YO, but knitting into the front and back of the next stitch with the bamboo yarn I'm using doesn't look good. Any alternatives for a YO substitution that would not make an eyehole?
Thanks a bunch!