Double-Sided Knitting

I would like to knit a double sided dishcloth from this pattern - is this possible?

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
Designer: Unknown

Cast on 4 stitches Row 1: Knit 4 Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row. Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle. Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row. Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle. You can now either bind off or do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.

I’m sure it’s possible. If I were to do it I would cast on and then increase to double the number of stitches. I would divide the stitches onto two needles, slip one to the front needle, slip the next to the back and repeat across. I would then work in the round. Remembering to do the increases at the right time and in the right places on both sides might be tricky at first. Double knitting of one sort or another would be possible but the increases would be a real pita IMO. I just did a double stockinette band on a shawl and decided that to get the increases done more to my satisfaction I’ll put the stitches on two needles and work in the round next time rather than k1, sl 1. You might consider whether you want the two sides joined. You could do that after the knitting with a few duplicate stitches or something else strategically placed through both layers.

When you decide how to do it let us know please.

Thank You GrumpyGramma but now I’m really confused. I’ve tried doing this a number of ways but knitting in the round isn’t one of them.
I’m going to look more closely at your suggestion & see if I can figure it out. I’m sure your making sense but it’s my brain that’s not getting it :exploding_head:
I will let you know if I figure it out. Thank You :blush:

If I come up with anything I think might be helpful, a pattern or video or whatever, I’ll post it for you.

I bet the @Mike will be able to advise here, too.
Meanwhile here’s a video for plain double knitting that may help.

I would think that you could yo on the first side, the one facing you and then yo on the second side when that side is facing.

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I agree with Grumpy Grandma that the decreases would make it a pain. It’s definitely possible but you have to rearrange the decreases before doing them. It’s not difficult, you work around the back side’s stitch, drop it and pick it back up, but it is more than decreasing one layer.
So for this you would K2tog-A around B, pick up B, K2tog-B, YO-A, YO-B, K2tog-A around B, pick up B, K2tog-B.
You would probably be good at it by the end.

You can increase to avoid having to rearrange.
I don’t really do YO (except by accident) but for other increases you would knitting along side A and B, when you would normally increase A you would knit B first and then increase A and then increase B. It would fall on the needle Ka, Kb, YOa, YOb, Ka, Kb. I can’t think of a reason why it wouldn’t work with YO, it might even be easier than M1 (KFB increases you’re going to be rearranging).
It’s a matter of keeping your head in the game.

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Also note that decreases on the other side will be P2tog, and where I say k the other side I actually mean p from your perspective. (Confused yet? :joy: )
It doesn’t seem that the slant matters in this pattern, which is good because I can’t find my note on which purl decreases match up to which knit decreases.

Found it, if you should want to slant the decreases right, the mirror image slants are:
k2tog/ ssp\
ssk\ p2tog/

So technically the other side’s decreases are SSP to mirror image the K2tog. But I don’t think it would matter since they’re doing K2tog everywhere anyway.

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Mind boggled. lol I’d have to have it otn and work through it step by step. Thanks!

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It’s easier to do than to think about :joy:
I don’t think about the other side much. I just do the opposite of this side. (Except socks which aren’t mirrored, then I just repeat whatever is on this side.)

It was really difficult figuring out the purl decreases because some websites describe them as RS purls out, some describe them as WS purls in. That’s why I have notes now.

I used double stockinette, the k1, sl1 pattern, for the band on this thing. I don’t know if it is a cape or a shawl or a hybrid. The band is double thick and stockinette on both sides.

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That’s a good idea. I might have to try that on my next sweater collar (double knit since it would be in the round) to get a fold over collar without the stitching down. Graft the bind off. That should make a collar as stretchy as the rest of the sweater.

I wanted to graft the two sides together but it would have taken too much yarn. I don’t know a way to join new yarn while Kitchener stitching. If it were wool I could spit splice but this is 100% acrylic - Lion Brand Pound of Love. Do you know a way to add new yarn for something like this?

Not tried and true or generally approved. I knot acrylic. With it being a double knit I would think having the ends stuffed in the middle would make the knot more likely to stay there. Without double knit I’ve adjusted knots so they stayed on the wrong side.

Thanks. I’ll try this on a swatch an see how a knot works for me!

I do the purl 1 slip 1 type double knitting - knitting mostly phone covers, but I have done a couple of things involving decreasing and increasing. Unfortunately, I haven’t made enough things to remember how to do these things automatically and would have to look it up again, which takes time, which I haven’t got. As far as I do remember, I had to move the slipped stitch off the needle so that I could work the two purl stitches together to make a decreased stitch. I forget how I did the increased stitch.


Continuing the discussion from Double-Sided Knitting:

Well, thank you for all the reply’s. While I am very greatful for you all trying to help me out with this, I am more confused than ever. I am with Grumpy Grandma in needing a step by step.
I have been trying to figure this out for the last 2-3 months and tried again the last few nights with all your suggestions - but just not getting it…I’m not a quitter, so will just give a rest & try again. If I ever get it I will share with you what I’m aiming at with this pattern.
Thanks against All You professionals :+1:t3::blush:

You don’t give much to go on to figure the problem out.
I’m trying it now.
I think for the YO you have to do some rearranging. YO this side, knit this side, slip the knit back to the left, YO the other side slip the knit back to the right, purl the other side.

There may be a way to carry the yarns/needle to avoid that but that’s the easiest way I’m coming up with at the moment. Doing the YO with both strands at the same time linked the sides no matter if I took the needle over or under the other side’s yarn for this side’s knit so YO increase may be like KFB and you have to rearrange.

To figure something out it helps me to drop both yarns. Put this side’s yarn on this side, that side on that side, then pick up the side that I have to work paying attention to what goes on until I catch on to how I have to carry the yarn or the path the needle needs to take to keep that side on that side and this side on this side.

It seems like it can be done. Note I haven’t done double knitting flat so I’m not thinking to link the edges, you will have to do that.

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I gasped…simply stunning!! The colour, the pattern.
You are one talented GG!!

Thank you. That’s quite a compliment. I think the color is Denim in Lion Brand Pound of Love. I like the yarn. It gets fuzzy but it feels so nice and soft and it goes in the washer and dryer.

I think I have a solution to the double stockinette dishrag on the diagonal and if I’m right then it’s an “I coulda had a V8” type of thing. I want to test it before posting my idea.

I got it in double knitting. The decrease half is a pain remembering to do all that. K2tog, SSP, YO, K2tog with that yarn over, slip back, YO, slip back, SSP with the YO.