Learn How to Double Knit with Ease

Learn How to Double Knit with Ease

Welcome to our knitting blog, where we will guide you through the fascinating world of double knitting. Whether you are an experienced knitter or a complete beginner, this step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know to master this versatile knitting technique. Double knitting allows you to create two layers of fabric simultaneously, resulting in a reversible piece with beautiful colorwork. So grab your needles and yarn, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of double knitting!

If you are new to knitting, don’t worry! We will start with the basics. Double knitting requires some knowledge of knitting, purling, and working with multiple colors. We will guide you through these techniques, step by step, with clear instructions and helpful tips. By the end of this guide, you will be able to create stunning double knit projects, like scarves, hats, and blankets.

What makes double knitting unique is the way the two layers are created simultaneously. Each stitch on one layer corresponds to a stitch on the other layer. This allows you to create intricate colorwork patterns, while also creating a reversible fabric. The possibilities are endless, from simple stripes to complex geometric patterns – the choice is yours! In this guide, we will cover the basics of double knitting, including casting on, working the knit and purl stitches, changing colors, and binding off. We will also provide you with tips and tricks to ensure your double knitting projects turn out beautifully.

So, whether you are looking to expand your knitting skills or just want to try something new and exciting, double knitting is the perfect technique for you. Follow along with us as we explore the world of double knitting and unleash your creativity with this amazing knitting technique!

Learn how to double knit: Step-by-step guide for beginners

Double knitting is a technique that allows you to create a reversible fabric with two layers of knitting. It’s a great method for making warm and cozy garments and accessories, and it’s not as difficult as it may seem. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of double knitting so you can get started on your own projects.

  1. Gather your materials: To get started with double knitting, you’ll need two contrasting colors of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and a tapestry needle for finishing.
  2. Casting on: Begin by casting on an even number of stitches using both colors of yarn held together. This will create the foundation for your double knit fabric.
  3. Set up your pattern: Decide on the pattern you want to create with your double knitting and follow the chart or instructions. Each stitch will be worked twice, once with each color of yarn, to create the double layer.
  4. Knitting the first row: On the first row, knit the first stitch with the main color and the second stitch with the contrasting color. Continue alternating stitches in this way until you reach the end of the row.
  5. Knitting subsequent rows: On the following rows, you’ll need to work each stitch twice, once with each color. This means that you’ll need to knit one stitch with the main color and then purl the following stitch with the contrasting color, and so on. Repeat this pattern across the row.
  6. Changing colors: When you want to switch colors within a row, simply drop the old color and pick up the new color, making sure to twist the yarns around each other to prevent holes from forming.
  7. Finishing: Once you’ve completed your desired number of rows, bind off all stitches. Weave in any loose ends and block your work to even out the stitches and give it a professional finish.

With practice, you’ll become more comfortable with the double knitting technique and be able to experiment with different patterns and color combinations. Double knitting opens up a whole new world of possibilities in knitting, so don’t be afraid to give it a try and see what you can create!

Choosing the right yarn and needles

Choosing the right yarn and needles is crucial when it comes to double knitting. Here are some factors to consider:

Yarn weight

Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn. For double knitting, it is important to choose a yarn that is suitable for the project at hand. Thicker yarns tend to create a more substantial fabric, while thinner yarns create a lighter and more delicate fabric. Consider the weight of the finished project and the desired drape when choosing your yarn weight.

Fiber content

The fiber content of the yarn can greatly affect the final outcome of your double knitting project. Natural fibers like wool and cotton provide warmth and breathability, while synthetic fibers like acrylic and nylon offer durability and ease of care. Consider the desired properties of your finished project and choose a yarn that suits your needs.

Needle size

The needle size you choose will also influence the gauge of your double knitting project. Different needle sizes create different stitch sizes, so it is important to choose the right size to achieve the desired fabric density. Be sure to check the pattern or project instructions for the recommended needle size.


Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows per inch of knitting. It is important to match the gauge specified in the pattern in order to ensure the correct sizing of your finished project. When choosing yarn and needles, make sure to check the recommended gauge and adjust accordingly if necessary.

Color choice

Double knitting allows for intricate colorwork designs, so the choice of colors is an important consideration. Consider how the colors will interact and contrast with each other, and how they will look in the finished project. Experiment with color combinations to achieve the desired effect.

Other considerations

Other factors to consider when choosing yarn and needles include cost, availability, and personal preferences. Take into account your budget, the availability of the yarn and needles you need, and any personal preferences you may have regarding the feel and appearance of the materials.

By taking these factors into consideration, you can choose the right yarn and needles for your double knitting project and set yourself up for a successful knitting experience.

Casting on for double knitting

Double knitting is a technique that allows you to create a double-sided knitted fabric with two layers, each with a different color or pattern. Before you can start double knitting, you need to cast on stitches using a special method that creates a foundation for both layers of the fabric.

Here’s how to cast on for double knitting:

  1. Choose your yarn: Select two different colors or patterns of yarn that complement each other.
  2. Create a slipknot: Make a loop with one end of the yarn and pull the other end through to create a slipknot. Adjust the slipknot size as desired.
  3. Hold the yarn: Hold one strand of yarn in each hand, with the colors or patterns facing you. The yarn in your left hand will be for the front layer, and the yarn in your right hand will be for the back layer.
  4. Make a foundation row: Use the long-tail cast-on method to cast on an even number of stitches. This method creates a row of stitches with a “front” and a “back” side. Alternate between using the yarn in your left hand and the yarn in your right hand to create each stitch.
  5. Continue casting on: Repeat the long-tail cast-on method until you have the desired number of stitches for your project.


  • Make sure to keep your tension even throughout the casting on process.
  • Take your time and double-check your stitch count to ensure accuracy.
  • Practice the long-tail cast-on method before attempting double knitting to become familiar with the technique.

Once you have cast on for double knitting, you can begin working the double knit stitch pattern to create your desired design. Remember to follow the instructions for double knitting carefully to ensure that both layers of the fabric are formed correctly.

Basic double knitting stitch

The basic double knitting stitch is a versatile stitch that can be used to create a wide variety of patterns and designs. It consists of two layers of fabric that are knitted simultaneously, creating a reversible fabric with two distinct sides.

To work the basic double knitting stitch, you will need two contrasting colors of yarn and a pair of knitting needles. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Cast on an even number of stitches, dividing them evenly between the two needles. Each stitch on one needle corresponds to a stitch on the other needle.
  2. Hold one color in your right hand and the other color in your left hand.
  3. Hold the two needles together with the wrong sides of the fabric facing each other.
  4. Insert the right-hand needle into the first stitch on the front needle and the first stitch on the back needle.
  5. Wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle and knit the two stitches together, treating them as one stitch.
  6. Continue knitting each pair of stitches together until you reach the end of the row.
  7. Turn the work and repeat steps 4-6.
  8. Continue working in this manner, knitting each pair of stitches together, until your fabric is the desired length.
  9. Bind off all stitches, making sure to keep the tension consistent throughout.

With practice, you can experiment with different color combinations and stitch patterns to create unique double-knitted projects. The reversible nature of double knitting makes it an ideal technique for items such as scarves, blankets, and hats.

Remember to take your time and have patience when learning the basic double knitting stitch. It may take a bit of practice to get the tension and stitch consistency just right, but the end result is well worth the effort.

Increasing and Decreasing in Double Knitting

Double knitting is a versatile knitting technique that creates a double-sided fabric with two layers of stockinette stitch. One of the advantages of double knitting is the ability to increase and decrease stitches to shape your project. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to increase and decrease in double knitting:


  1. Select the stitch you want to increase (let’s call it Stitch A) on the Right Side (RS) of your work.
  2. With a separate working yarn, knit the stitch through the front loop as you normally would.
  3. Without sliding the stitch off the left needle, bring the working yarn to the front of the work.
  4. Using the same working yarn, purl the same stitch through the back loop.
  5. Slide the increased stitch (Stitch A and its reverse stitch) off the left needle onto the right needle.
  6. You have successfully increased a stitch in double knitting.


  1. Select the stitch you want to decrease (let’s call it Stitch B) on the RS of your work.
  2. With a separate working yarn, slip the next stitch purlwise as if to purl.
  3. Knit the next stitch together with Stitch B through the front loops.
  4. Bring the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and off the right needle.
  5. You have successfully decreased a stitch in double knitting.

Remember to always work with the corresponding stitches from both the front and back layers of the fabric when increasing and decreasing in double knitting. This will ensure that your fabric remains balanced and symmetrical.

Now that you know how to increase and decrease in double knitting, you can incorporate these techniques into your projects to create various shapes and designs!

Reading double knitting charts

Double knitting charts are a visual representation of how the two sides of your fabric will look when using the double knitting technique. They allow you to easily see which stitches to work on each side of the fabric and help you create intricate colorwork designs.

Understanding the symbols:

In double knitting charts, each square represents one stitch. There are two colors used in the chart: one to represent the stitches on the front side of the fabric, and another to represent the stitches on the back side of the fabric.

Front side color: The front side color is usually represented by a solid square. This indicates that you need to work the stitch in the designated color on the front side of your fabric.

Back side color: The back side color is usually represented by a square with a dot inside. This indicates that you need to work the stitch in the designated color on the back side of your fabric. This is the side that will be facing you as you work the pattern.

Reading the chart:

To read a double knitting chart, start at the bottom-right corner and work your way up. Each row is read from right to left, just like when working with single knitting charts.

When working a stitch on the front side of your fabric, use the color indicated by the solid square in the chart. When working a stitch on the back side of your fabric, use the color indicated by the square with the dot inside.

Tips for reading double knitting charts:

  1. Pay attention to the color key or legend provided with the chart. This will help you understand which color corresponds to each symbol.
  2. Use a highlighter or colored pencils to mark off each row as you complete it. This will help you keep track of your progress and prevent mistakes.
  3. Take your time and read the chart carefully. It can be easy to get confused, especially when working with complex colorwork patterns.
  4. If you’re new to double knitting, start with a simple pattern before moving on to more intricate designs. This will help you build your skills and confidence.

With practice, reading double knitting charts will become easier and you’ll be able to create stunning colorwork designs with confidence.

Creating colorwork in double knitting

Double knitting is a great technique that allows you to create a reversible fabric with two different colored yarns. With colorwork in double knitting, you can create beautiful patterns and motifs in your projects. Here’s how you can create colorwork in double knitting:

  • Choose your colors: Select two contrasting colors of yarn for your colorwork. This will help your design stand out and make it more visually appealing.
  • Create a chart: Use a chart or graph paper to design your colorwork pattern. Each square on the chart represents a stitch, and you can color in the squares with the corresponding colors to create your desired design.
  • Cast on: Start by casting on an even number of stitches in both colors. You will be working with both yarns at the same time, so make sure to hold one color in your left hand and the other color in your right hand.
  • Work the double knitting technique: Follow the double knitting technique by knitting the front and back stitches together with the corresponding colors. This creates the reversible fabric and allows the colorwork design to show on both sides.
  • Follow the chart: Refer to your chart and work each stitch according to the color and pattern indicated. Pay attention to the placement of the colors and make sure to carry the unused yarn along the back of the work.
  • Switch colors: When you reach a different color in your chart, switch to the corresponding color by dropping the current color and picking up the new color.
  • Weave in ends: Once you’ve completed your colorwork, weave in the ends of yarn to secure them and hide them within the fabric.

With practice, you’ll be able to create intricate and stunning colorwork designs in double knitting. Experiment with different color combinations and patterns to add a touch of uniqueness to your knitting projects. Have fun exploring the world of colorwork in double knitting!

Finishing off your double knit project

After you have completed your double knit project, it’s time to finish it off and give it a polished look. Here are some steps to help you finish off your double knit project:

  1. Bind off: First, you will need to bind off your stitches to secure them and prevent them from unraveling. You can use a regular bind off technique or a stretchy bind off if desired.
  2. Weave in ends: Next, you will need to weave in any loose ends. Using a tapestry needle, carefully thread the end of the yarn through the stitches on the wrong side of your work, securing them in place.
  3. Block your project: Blocking is an important step to give your double knit project a professional finish. Wet blocking or steam blocking can help even out the stitches and give your project a tidy shape. Follow the blocking instructions for the type of yarn you have used.
  4. Add any desired finishing touches: If desired, you can add buttons, pom-poms, or other embellishments to further enhance your double knit project. Sew on any additional details according to your design or pattern.
  5. Enjoy your finished project: Once all the finishing touches are complete, it’s time to enjoy your double knit creation. Whether it’s a cozy scarf, a warm hat, or a beautiful blanket, take pride in your work and show it off!

Remember, finishing off your double knit project properly can make a big difference in the final appearance and durability of your work. Take the time to complete these steps carefully, and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning finished project.

Troubleshooting common double knitting mistakes

Double knitting is a versatile technique that allows you to create two layers of fabric at the same time. While it may seem intimidating at first, with practice, you can master this technique. However, like any knitting technique, you may encounter some common mistakes. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you correct those mistakes and continue your double knitting journey:

1. Tension issues

Tension is crucial in double knitting as it ensures that both layers of fabric are even and consistent. If you notice that one layer is tighter or looser than the other, try adjusting your tension. Make sure to keep an even tension on both yarns to achieve a balanced and uniform fabric.

2. Twisted stitches

Twisted stitches can happen when you accidentally wrap your yarn in the wrong direction or when you purl instead of knit (or vice versa) in a specific stitch. To fix this, identify the twisted stitch and unravel it back to the mistake. Then, carefully re-knit the stitch correctly.

3. Switching yarn colors

If you’re working on a pattern that requires switching yarn colors, make sure to carry the unused yarn color along the edge of your work. This will prevent holes or gaps from forming between color changes. You can carry the yarn loosely along the edge or use the “double knitting two-handed technique” to keep both yarns in tension.

4. Mistakes in pattern placement

Double knitting often involves creating intricate patterns using different colored yarns. It’s easy to make mistakes in pattern placement, especially when working with complex designs. To fix this, use a chart or pattern guide and carefully read the instructions for each row. Check your work regularly to ensure that the pattern is correct.

5. Loose edges

Loose edges can occur when starting or ending a double knitting project. To prevent this, make sure to use a smaller needle size or a different cast-on and bind-off method that provides a tighter edge. Experiment with different techniques until you find one that gives you the desired result.

6. Uneven stitch count

If you notice that you have an uneven stitch count in your double knitting, it’s important to identify where the mistake occurred. Count your stitches on each side and compare them. If you have a different number of stitches on one side, it’s likely that you missed a yarnover or accidentally decreased or increased a stitch. Identify the mistake and correct it by unraveling and re-knitting the affected section.

Remember, practice makes perfect when it comes to double knitting. Don’t get discouraged if you make mistakes along the way. Use these troubleshooting tips to fix common mistakes and continue improving your skills. Happy double knitting!


What is double knitting in knitting?

Double knitting is a technique in knitting where you work with two strands of yarn at the same time to create a double-sided fabric. This creates a thick and reversible fabric that is perfect for items like scarves and blankets.

Is double knitting difficult for beginners?

Double knitting can be a bit more challenging for beginners compared to regular knitting, as it involves working with two strands of yarn and requires concentration to keep track of both sides of the fabric. However, with practice and patience, beginners can definitely learn how to double knit.

What materials do I need to double knit?

To double knit, you will need two different colored yarns, knitting needles (size depends on your project), and a yarn needle for weaving in ends. You may also want stitch markers to help keep track of your stitches.

Can you suggest some beginner-friendly double knitting patterns?

Sure! Some beginner-friendly double knitting patterns include scarves, headbands, and coasters. These projects are great for practicing the technique and getting comfortable with double knitting. You can find many free patterns online or in knitting books.


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