Double knitting

I am intrigued with double knitting. I have watched videos and read about it. I would love to make a small,
Two coloured project…perhaps a hot pad or dish cloth.

My problem…charts! I know watching the video seems straight forward…then add double knitting in 2 colours. Also seems relatively easy. Knit and pearl…can do that!
But put it altogether and its like…what was I supposed to do now? Which colour, k or p, etc…

So, does anyone know of a pattern that has written instructions?

I am picturing…row 1- k both strands tog, next st main colour k, background colour pearl, etc…

Ok lets try and explain this legibly!
you have for example 20 stitches on your needle, the stitches go like this:
Black (B), White (W), B, W, B, W and so on
Gives you 10 pairs of 2 stitches, one B and one W.

Black is the front so will be knitted, white is the back so will be purled. Start with both strands in the back of your work, use the black strand only to knit the black stitch, bring both strands to the front of your work, using the white strand only purl the white stitch. This is the basic method and will give you a fabric of stocking stitch black on one side, and white on the other.

If you want to change colour, you would continue to move the strands forward and back together but use the opposite colour, so using the example it would be B W, B W, W B, B W…this would mean the the third stitch (remembering that each stitch has a pair) would now be the opposite colour than before. This also applies to knit and purl stitches so if you think of B W, B W, as K P, K P, instead you would then swap the K for the P.

Hopefully this makes sense


Thank you for your thorough reply! I wonder if on row 2 if you do the opposite? So if you k the b on row 1 do you p the b on row 2?

I had been thinking of making a small project with a design…like a bird or snowflake…but I think I should
Start with simply each side a different colour period.

Sorry for senior

If you’re working flat then yes I would assume so as on row 2 the white side will become the front so would be knitted, I’ve only ever double knitted in the round though so that’s just a guess lol!

Here’s a few tutorials -

Here’s a simple pot holder that looks like a good place to start.

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Have you ever heard of magic muggins hang out?
There is a bird pot holder that says specific
Directions are on that magic muggins site.
The pattern is on ravelry but it can’t find the
Site for instructions

Thank you for your tutorial links. Can always depend
On you Jan!

You’re welcome! I saw that pot holder, but didn’t look at it. Ravelry is down right now so I’ll look again in a bit.

Oh there it is… Okay, looked around and clicked on multiple links, but don’t see anything. You might try messaging her if you’re really interested. You might try the easier one I posted first to get the hang of double knitting.

Thanks again! I did a tiny swatch of two colours and it worked! One side all purple, the other all mauve. Yeah!
Now to learn charts! But first three lapghans on the go.
And I want to make a hat like yours! Where is the time!

Never enough time! :slight_smile:

Not sure if this will help, I hardly understand it now, but it’s all in how you carry the two together when you stick the needle in. But when making a solid piece occasionally linking the sides together can be desirable.

Somewhere here I have a series of videos doing 3 socks at once. (edit) LOL, make that 2 socks at once.(/edit)

There it is. Even if you never do 2 socks at once it shows rearranging stitches to decrease which is needed for hats.

I am in love! I am obsessed with double knitting! What a thrill to see the design appear on both sides!

I watched many you tube videos and the light bulb
Came on! I used a lifeline just in case. Also a first
For me!

Thanks to all and I encourage everyone who is
Interested to not give up. Took me two days
Of watching, thinking, doing…and voila!

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If you’re on Ravelry there’s a double knitting group, I’m sure there are still some amazing things being done there for inspiration (I haven’t been doing much online knitting stuff lately).

I found a fun looking bookmark to make on Ravelry by Anne Kingstone. The hogwarts bookmark. My son would love that. But I can’t d/l the chart. The pictures
Go to flicka. I can’t even copyg the chart.

Do you my guru have any suggestions?

These would make any Potter fan happy.
The charts show the front rows only. The back side sts are worked at the same time in the alternate colors. Or is the problem expanding the charts? Can Staples or a good copier zoom in on those for you?

Hi Mod Squad!

I just can’t get the chart to d/l to copy from
Her blog and instructions.

Basically I can’t print it. I don’t see a print option for the chart alone.

If I right click on the photo I can choose print. Since I don’t have an attached printer, I can’t test this out. Let me send the web page to another computer+printer and see.

I can’t right click on the ipad, but
Will try on the laptop tomorrow.
Thank you!!!