Double Knit Fabric Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

The Double Knit Fabric Stitch is a faux rib pattern that creates a thick, squishy fabric, perfect for warm sweaters and blankets. It should not be confused with double knitting, which is a technique often associated with color work.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Any odd number of stitches

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Any odd number of stitches

    • Row 1 (RS): K1, *sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from * to end.
    • Row 2: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have reached your desired length.

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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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8 thoughts on “Double Knit Fabric Stitch

  1. Orincy says:

    HI, Can this “Double Knit Fabric Stitch” technique be used to make a hat, and if so would I need an odd number of stitches to start or an even number of stitches?
    Thank you

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      It probably can be used for a hat. If you’re knitting it in the round then you’d need an even number of stitches.

      • Orincy says:

        Thank you for the reply. I worked up a swatch and I loved how fluffy and soft it feels. Working the pattern in the round so far (seeing that I have to repeat round 1 only) It’s not as fluffy as the flat swatch. I dont know, i’ll keep working the pattern though

        • Jane says:

          That is your problem, if you are only working round 1 of the pattern, then you are missing the crucial fluffy bits gained in round 2!!! You do not skip this round, but adapt it, you would probably be p1 k1 p1 instead of the k1 p1 k1 pattern but might still be k1 p1 k1 for round 2 because it’s an even number of stitches. It helps if you place a marker at the joining point so you don’t lose track of where the round begins and ends. Hope that helps you gain the fluffiness factor back!

  2. Jane says:

    I also have a question for the knitxpert. I am trying to make a pair of mittens top-down with this stitch but am unsure of the best method for increasing/decreasing with this double knit fabric stitch. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Hi Jane!

      I would not consider myself an expert by any means, but I would probably increase twice to stay in pattern, doing so on the row 2 repeat. Does that make sense?

  3. Gida says:

    Hi Johnny, first thank you so much for sharing all this knitting knowledge
    I love this stitch. I am bumbling with decreases on a sweater I am creating for my daughter. She loves how thick and squishy this stitch is…I am having trouble finding any references to this stitch when looking for patterns or info on the net.
    I am curious to know if this stitch goes by any other name out there in the knitting realm??? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you again for sharing yourself and this site with the world. ๐Ÿ˜€

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