What Is Double-Knitting?

Double-knitting is an intermediate-to-advanced technique that combines a little finger dexterity with the ability to read knitting charts.

Using two colors at once in a unique way, double knitting allows you to make reversible designs like this gorgeous scarf “Honka” from Eeva Saviranta.

If you can knit and purl, then you can double-knit.

I will walk you through every step, from understanding how to read charts and use them to make designs, to what to do when you mess up (which I hope you do).

I know that when you challenge yourself, you will make mistakes, and that’s how we get better at knitting. So, as in every KnitFreedom tutorial, there is a full troubleshooting section.

How This Course Works

We’ll learn to double-knit using a simple heart-shaped chart, that will create a fun design that is really easy.

We’ll use really thick yarn so that the project goes super-fast. You can also work along with the checkerboard chart included in the pattern.

I recommend that you at least do the first 6 rows of the Heart Scarf along with the videos first to practice, and then up to Row 10 on the Heart Chart on your own.

Please read through the whole course, or at least a few sections ahead, before beginning. The reason for this is that I have included troubleshooting videos and I want you to be aware of where they are if you get stuck.

Double-Knit Scarf Pattern

Pattern: Download Double-Knit Heart/Checkerboard Scarf pattern here.

Materials Needed

Yarn: 120 yards super-bulky yarn in each of two colors (MC and CC).

Shown at top of page:

  • Purple scarf: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky in 1221 (Boysenberry) and 1213 (Jasmine).
  • Pink and brown scarf: Brown Sheep Burly Spun in Sable and Twinkle Handknits Soft Chunky in Powder.

Needles: US size 15 straight needles.

Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle

Pattern Walk-Through

Here’s a video overview of what to expect while working through this project.

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