Colorwork Knitting 102:
Double Knitting for Beginners

Double knitting creates one of the most unique types of fabric you can make. It’s cozy, warm, and great for colorwork!

It’s easier than it looks. We’ll show you how.

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At a Glance

16
HD Video Lessons
2
Practice Project Pattern(s)**

Instructor

Real Men Knit

Johnny Vasquez

After deciding he wanted to learn how to knit a sweater, Johnny fell in love with the fiber arts. He started New Stitch a Day as a way to improve his skills. More than 400 videos later, he has helped thousands of knitters and crocheters take their craft to the next level.

Category: Knitting, Colorwork, Double Knitting

* Academy Members have access for the duration of their membership

** May be variations of the same pattern

If you’ve ever seen a beautiful double layered scarf wrapped around a friends neck, or a two sided colorwork pattern and wondered, “How’d they do that?” this is the class for you! Double knitting is a unique method of knitting that allows you to make fabric with two right sides (the pretty sides). With one simple technique you can make colorwork that mirrors the opposite side, double thick scarves, and socks two at a time! The possibilities are endless.

In this online video class, knitting instructor Johnny Vasquez explains it all – from the basic technique, to tips and tricks for knitting with two colors. Whether you want to learn to make simple colorwork blankets or a full blown two sided hat, this class will put you on the right track!

What You’ll Learn in This Class

  • How to double knit with one or more colors
  • Multiple methods for casting on two colors at once
  • How to manage two yarns at once
  • How to read colorwork charts

Skills You Should Know Before Taking this Class

  • How to knit the knit stitch
  • How to knit the purl stitch
  • How to cast on
  • How to read a basic pattern
  • How to bind off
1Casting On For One Color Double Knitting
1:56
2Basic Double Knitting Technique
1:14
3Characteristics of Double Knitting
1:24
4Simple Two Color Cast On
2:57
5Alternative Two Color Cast On
3:58
6Casting On One Color and Adding a Second
3:53
7Two Color Double Knitting Technique
2:01
8Changing Colors
2:43
9Managing Your Yarn Along the Edges
1:12
10Fixing A Stitch
4:06
11Two At A Time Bind Off
1:43
12Decrease Bind Off
3:03
13Reading Colorwork Charts for Double Knitting
3:14
14Crochet Cast On With Two Colors
2:07
15Switching Colors Back and Forth
1:37
16Final Thoughts
0:49
Double Knit Hot Pads Double Knit Motif Hot Pad

This bonus pattern is included with purchase of this class

Double Knit Hot Pads

Skill Level Intermediate

Materials
Any two skeins of worsted weight WOOL in contrasting color (do not use acrylic yarn for hot pads)

One pair size US8 knitting needles

Darning or tapestry needle

Gauge Not important for this pattern

Measurements
Approx 5.5″ high x 5.5″ wide

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Double knitting live

Jan 31, 2013 by Claire

Excellent tutorials, I'm from the UK so the timings aren't good as I stayed up till 3am to watch the live broadcast so was incapable of knitting along but the instructions were so clear that i've managed to knit following the instructions since and the work has turned out as planned! Excellent show.


Feeling Great

Jan 29, 2013 by Carolyn

It was so exciting. By the end of the class I was double knitting. It was so satisfying to be able to see the rows progressing. I kept right on knitting after the class was over.
I joined the academy . . . and now I look forward to the next class.


Wonderful!

Jan 26, 2013 by Bobglory

I am so glad I took the class. I watched both the morning and evening sessions. I learned so much. Thank you Johnny.


Something new

Jan 26, 2013 by Cristine

Thank you Johnny for the great class!


Double Knitting

Jan 26, 2013 by Sharon Erny

Thank you for the class. I enjoyed learning about double knitting.


I can hardly *believe it*!

Jan 26, 2013 by MaryC

I actually DID it! I'm a lot more comfortable with crocheting than knitting, but... I did *exactly* what he said to do - and I came out *right*! :-) The class gave me several options to try - I was able to complete a nice swatch - will practice just a bit more before I try out the actual patterns - but, I'm *doing it*! Thanks so much - you give me confidence that maybe I *can* become a 'knitter'!

Response: Awesome! So glad you\'re on your way!


Neat introduction!

Jan 26, 2013 by NaniBly

Thank you for this introduction to DK! This is a neat technique that looks complicated but you simplified so even beginner me was able to follow along.
You mentioned that a type of DK is used to knit two socks at once. To knit my own socks is the reason I started knitting. I am practicing frequently become an intermediate knitter so I can make my first pair, but I would really like to learn the double sock technique. I hope you will offer a class on that too.
Many thanks!


Double Knitting

Jan 26, 2013 by Marilyn

As an Academy Member, I'm amazed at each new video, Johnny. The money spent in being a member was well worth the time and work you have put into each video to help those wanting to learn new knitting stitches and techniques.

Keep up the great work. I look forward to our next class.

Marilyn


DK for beginners

Jan 26, 2013 by Marika

i thought it was a great class. i was pleasantly surprised at what i produced in this class!! tried dk b4 & no way,
would like to see the continental version of dk, had a lot of trouble with the English \'throwing\' part
looking forward to the next class


Double Knitting For Beginners

Jan 26, 2013 by Minerva

First time I tried double knitting, so it was just a little hard to keep on same speed. But nonetheless I got what was most important. Thank you for these classes and letting me become a happier knitter. :)


, USA 4.8 5.0 36 36 Excellent tutorials, I'm from the UK so the timings aren't good as I stayed up till 3am to watch the live broadcast so was incapable of knitting along but the instructions were so
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