How to Use Double Knitting Technique

Light blue and navy balls of yarn, wood knitting needles, and knitted fabric on a white surface.
Double Knitting Technique. Debbie Wolfe
  • 01 of 08

    What is Double Knitting?

    A swatch of knitted fabric on wood knitting needles.
    Double Knitting Technique. Debbie Wolfe

    Double knitting creates a two-layer fabric with knit stitches or a stockinette stitch on both sides. The finished fabric is completely reversible, lending itself to colorwork, contrasting fibers, or simply a knit-faced fabric that is twice as warm! When two contrasting colors are used, it creates a piece of knitting with one color on each side and there is no “wrong side”.  Learn how to knit an easy double knit pattern in a matter of minutes.

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  • 02 of 08

    Supplies

    Two balls of yarn and wood knitting needles on a white background.
    Double Knitting Supplies. Debbie Wolfe

    You will need:

    • Two balls of yarn (different colors are optional)
    • A set of knitting needles of a corresponding size

    You can use any set of knitting needles you have— straight needles, double-pointed, or circular needles. 

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  • 03 of 08

    Cast On

    Hands casting on yarn onto a wood knitting needle.
    Two Color Long Tail Cast On. Debbie Wolfe

    While holding the two yarns together as if they were one, make a slip knot and place it on your needle. Now it’s time to cast on the rest of your stitches. There are two ways to do this: using the long-tail cast-on with two colors or the two-color cast-on method. Use whichever method is easiest for you. Cast on an even number of stitches in both colors plus two extra stitches.

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  • 04 of 08

    Check the Loops

    Two colors of yarn looped on wood knitting needle.
    Two Color Cast On. Debbie Wolfe

    Make sure the loops are alternating colors. This part is important in order to successfully create a double knitted fabric. You will be essentially knitting/purling both sides at the same time. 

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    Slip First Stitch

    Two wood knitting needles with loops on them.
    Slipping First Stich. Debbie Wolfe

    Slip the first two stitches as if you were going to knit them to the right-hand needle. This will create an even, closed seam at the edges of the knitted fabric. 

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  • 06 of 08

    Double Knitting

    Two wood knitting needles knitting yarn.
    Double Knitting. Debbie Wolfe

    Knit the next stitch with the first color (color A) with both strings of the working yarn in the back. 

    Then, bring both yarns to the front, and purl the next stitch with the second color (color B). By purling on this side of the work, you're actually making the other side of the stockinette stitch. The knit side will always face out as you continue to work.

    Remember, you will always bring both yarns to the front or back of your work, depending upon whether you are knitting or purling, even though you will only knit or purl with one color at a time. 

    Repeat these two stitches across the row until there are two stitches left. Purl the last two stitches together with both strands of yarn as if they were one. Turn the work and repeat. 

     

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    Continuing Your Pattern

    Double knitted fabric on wood knitting needle.
    One Side of Double Knit Fabric. Debbie Wolfe

    As you progress, you will see that both sides of the fabric are in stockinette stitch. Always knit and purl with the same color as the loops on the needles.

    Remember to always bring both yarns to the front of the back even if they are not currently being worked. This may seem awkward at first, but as you progress it will become intuitive. 

     

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    Finishing

    Side by side double knitted fabric swatch on a white background.
    Double Knitted Fabric. Debbie Wolfe

    Binding off: knit the first 2 stitches together using both strands of yarn. Knit the next stitch with color A, pass the stitch that is on your right-hand needle over the stitch you just knitted.

    Purl the next stitch with color B, and pass the stitch that is on your right-hand needle over the stitch that you just purled. Repeat until there are two stitches left, knit 2 together using both strands of yarn. Block as needed.