Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting

I’ve been experimenting with double knitting, from one simple line of pattern, you can make so many things, purses, bags, soap holders, scarves…and more!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 1

In the above sample, I used two colours, changing every 2 rows.

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 2

The second sample shows how you can turn the double knitting into a quick and easy purse.

In both sample 1 and 2, you simply cast on an even number of stitches, twice as many as you need. For example, if you wanted your piece 20 stitches wide, cast on 40 stitches. However, in sample 2, I actually cast on 20 stitches, then knitted into the front and back of each stitch to create the 40 needed.

And here’s the line of pattern:

*k1, yarn forward, sl 1 stitch purlwise, yarn back* repeat across row

Yes it is that easy!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 3

Sample 3 is an example of purling the stitches instead. You cast on as for the other samples, then follow this pattern:

*p1, sl 1 stitch knitwise* repeat across row

After the p1, you leave the yarn at the front, this is quite quick to knit, or should that be purl!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 4

Sample 4 was a last minute addition to this post, I decided to see if I could work a rib into the double knitting. Now this would be ideal for a double knit, no-curl, ribbed scarf. The cast on is the same as the other samples, and the pattern is:

*p1, sl 1 stitch knitwise, yarn back, k1, yarn forward, sl 1 stitch purlwise* repeat across row

Note: if you finish with a ‘sl 1 stitch knitwise’, you must start with p1 on the next row, if you finish with a ‘sl 1 stitch purlwise, then start with a k1 on the next row.

Casting off

If you want to leave the top open, take 2 DPN’s and slip the 1st stitch onto one needle at the front, then the next stitch onto the 2nd needle to the back, essentially dividing the stitches into front and back. Then with a 3rd needle, cast off the front and back, unless you want to knit a flap, then just cast off the front stitches and knit across the back stitches.

For a closed edge, say for a scarf, knit two stitches together, twice, then slip the first one over the next, k2tog again, and slip the first stitch over, across the row.

Well until the next thrilling instalment of Saturday Scraps, that’s all for now folks!!

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