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Double knit is knit on two sides at once, with different and perhaps unconnected layers. If you want to knit a tube, you knit and do NOT connect the layers. This is very commonly used for the fingers of gloves. If you want to knit flat...you can incorporate a charted pattern or a simple overall pattern and mesh the two layers together...this is how they get Jacquard knitted patterns. A simple tube follows.

1. CO 20 sts
2. *k1, sl 1,* rep across, turn
3. rep row 2 for about two inches and then you can slip your ndls out to see the little 2" tube....make about 3" long, decorate and you have finger puppets! If you find a 'connected' st, one that is holding the two layers together, it means that you accidently knitted when you should have slipped...or vice versa...try it...it's fun and makes gloves a snap...
 

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I was fascinated by the concept and will be started a scarf to see how it works. I'll let you all know how it goes--with pictures of course- good or bad.
 

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HOW TO DOUBLE-KNIT :)

The double knit stitch creates a reversible, double thick piece of fabric. The technique uses two strands of yarn stitched alternately on one pair of knitting needles to create a two-layer, double-sided effect. Double knitting is used for projects that require thickness and insulation, such as bags, pillows, potholders and coats. Once you learn the basic double knitting technique, you also can add stripes and patterns.
Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions.Things You'll Need:
Knitting needles
2 skeins of yarn in different colors
Double Knitting Technique

1. Cast OnCast on in your preferred method using both colors of yarn. There will be a double loop for each cast on stitch. To practice the double knit stitch, cast on at least 20 stitches.

2. Double knitting with two colorsHold both colors of yarn in one hand. The color that is facing you will be a knit stitch and the color on the back side will be a purl stitch. For example, if white is the color facing you and is the first stitch on the needle, do a knit stitch with only the white yarn you are holding. On this side of the piece, always knit the white. Purl all stitches that are green (or color you are using). Pull both strands of yarn to the front of the piece and purl the green stitches with the green strand only. Always have both strands of yarn either in the front of the work or back of the work, depending on the stitch you are using. Finish the row in this manner.

3. Turn your piece to knit the next row, doing the opposite of the previous row. The color that is now facing you will be knit stitches and the color on the back side will be purl stitches. Following the example in Step 2, the green is knit in this row and the white is purled. Continue across the piece by knitting or purling the appropriate colors. As the piece becomes three rows long, you will notice the double knitting pattern takes shape.

4.Cast off using both strands of yarnBind off when the project is complete. Treat both loop stitches as one and knit two stitches, using the double loop as one stitch. Pull the first stitch over the second; you will now have one stitch on the needle. Knit another stitch and repeat by pulling the first stitch on the needle over the second. Repeat this to the end of the piece. When one stitch remains, cut the yarn and pull through the remaining loop to finish.

5.Practice the double knit technique until it is comfortable to do. Holding the double strand of yarn yet using only one at a time takes practice. Start with a small, easy project such as a straight scarf.

Read more: How to Double Knit | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5250400_double-knit.html#ixzz1CMZnLgtM
 

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I did a double knit sample with the 2 colors and I was really excited to see it work up. I've been thinking how to incorporate the 2 colors to make reversible mittens. I'll try it on the next pair I make. I'll also check out that link.
 

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fastgirl124 said:
HOW TO DOUBLE-KNIT :)

The double knit stitch creates a reversible, double thick piece of fabric. The technique uses two strands of yarn stitched alternately on one pair of knitting needles to create a two-layer, double-sided effect. Double knitting is used for projects that require thickness and insulation, such as bags, pillows, potholders and coats. Once you learn the basic double knitting technique, you also can add stripes and patterns.
Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions.Things You'll Need:
Knitting needles
2 skeins of yarn in different colors
Double Knitting Technique

1. Cast OnCast on in your preferred method using both colors of yarn. There will be a double loop for each cast on stitch. To practice the double knit stitch, cast on at least 20 stitches.

2. Double knitting with two colorsHold both colors of yarn in one hand. The color that is facing you will be a knit stitch and the color on the back side will be a purl stitch. For example, if white is the color facing you and is the first stitch on the needle, do a knit stitch with only the white yarn you are holding. On this side of the piece, always knit the white. Purl all stitches that are green (or color you are using). Pull both strands of yarn to the front of the piece and purl the green stitches with the green strand only. Always have both strands of yarn either in the front of the work or back of the work, depending on the stitch you are using. Finish the row in this manner.

3. Turn your piece to knit the next row, doing the opposite of the previous row. The color that is now facing you will be knit stitches and the color on the back side will be purl stitches. Following the example in Step 2, the green is knit in this row and the white is purled. Continue across the piece by knitting or purling the appropriate colors. As the piece becomes three rows long, you will notice the double knitting pattern takes shape.

4.Cast off using both strands of yarnBind off when the project is complete. Treat both loop stitches as one and knit two stitches, using the double loop as one stitch. Pull the first stitch over the second; you will now have one stitch on the needle. Knit another stitch and repeat by pulling the first stitch on the needle over the second. Repeat this to the end of the piece. When one stitch remains, cut the yarn and pull through the remaining loop to finish.

5.Practice the double knit technique until it is comfortable to do. Holding the double strand of yarn yet using only one at a time takes practice. Start with a small, easy project such as a straight scarf.

Read more: How to Double Knit | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5250400_double-knit.html#ixzz1CMZnLgtM
This is beautiful! I tried it! At first I did it wrong, not understanding about bringing BOTH yarns forward and taking them BOTH back, when you do the knit and then the purl. But after that brief mistake, I started over and did it right (I think!)...

I had an error at the beginning after 3 or 4 rows, but fixed it and kept on going. If it turns into anything, it will just be a hot pad, so that won't matter.

I have a question - my tension is usually tighter since I knit very compactly. I'm not used to the unusual looseness of this weave. Am I doing something wrong?

Also, I read that when attaching new yarn(s), you hide the tails inside the front and back of this weave, but I don't see that there's room to do that???? Any suggestions.???

Anyway, thanks a lot - I think everybody should try this....I can imagine it would make a very beautiful reversible jacket! A reversible baby blanket or crib cover, etc. I'm planning to use it to make a bathroom rug for the tub...I was just trying to find something to be thick enough, and I think this will do it!
 
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