The Basics of Double Knitting

Double Knitting can appear daunting at first, but once you dive in, I think you’ll find it’s not as hard as it sounds! Garments made using the double knitting technique tend to be thicker and warmer than those created with regular knitting because they’re made of two layers.

The idea behind double knitting is that you are creating two layers of fabric at the same time – one is created at the back of your work, and one is created at the front. These stitches are worked in pairs.  Each ‘pair’ consists of the front layer stitch and the back layer stitch, typically in two different colours.

Image of Double knitting pattern: Shawn's hat

knitting tutorial - Ravelry - add photos to thread

Ravelry Help: How to Share a Project to a Ravelry Thread

Last week we walked through adding a new project to Ravelry. Continuing with the Ravelry help theme, today we will post photos from that project to a Ravelry thread. This is a common requirement for KALs (Knit-a-longs) and CALs (Crochet-a-longs), but it’s also fun to just share your photos with your online friends!

To start with, we will assume that you have logged in to Ravelry, and are in a thread (maybe it’s something like this. You can see that one of the requirements is to post homework to that Ravelry “thread.” A thread is a series of comments by various people all related to a certain topic – in this case the thread is named [IKD Challenge] – Step 1 Homework).

Knitting tutorial - add a project to ravelry

Ravelry Help: How to add a Project to Ravelry

You may know by now that my “day job” is working for Frenchie of Aroha Knits. I help out with many things, but one of my main duties when running challenges is helping people with the social media side of things, and one of the things that new Ravelry users struggle with is how to add a photo to a thread in Ravelry. The easiest way is to add a project to Ravelry, THEN link to your project from the spot you want to share. So today I’m going to walk you through adding a new project to Ravelry. In the next blog post, we’ll go through the steps to actually share the photos from that project to a thread on Ravelry 🙂

First, Sign in to Ravelry!

Knitting tutorial: How to Join in the Round

Circular Knitting: How to Join in the Round

Are you spending too much time neatening your joins when knitting in the round? Maybe you’re a beginner, and you’re not sure how to join in the round?

As I get ready to launch the Rainbow Unicorn Hat pattern out into the world, I thought a few simple tutorials might be helpful. And since I was knitting a new hat up, just for the purpose of tutorials, I thought why not start at the beginning? So here we are: I’m going to tell you my favourite way to join my knitting in the round.

Cast On

First things first: Cast on your stitches. In this case I needed to cast on 28 stitches. First trick: I cast on ONE EXTRA stitch, so in this case, I cast on 29 stitches.

First step: Cast on

Join Your Stitches

Next you’re going to have to join those stitches. You always hear “join carefully without twisting your stitches.” That means you need to make sure the edge of your knitting faces the same way all the way around. See those arrows below? The cast on edge of the knitting is inside the circle, while the live stitches (the ones on the needles) are on the outside.  If one of those is twisted around you end up with a mobius strip … and that doesn’t make a good hat!

Join carefully without twisting

Once you’re sure everything is lined up right, take the LAST stitch you cast on off of the RIGHT hand needle (it’s the stitch that has your working yarn coming from it), and slip it onto your LEFT needle.

First and last cast on stitches are on the left needle

Now you’re ready to add a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round, and start knitting! Knit both the first and second stitches together as if they were a single stitch. Knit the rest of the round as directed in your pattern (in this case, we’re knitting 1×1 ribbing).

Knit both stitches together

Finishing Up

And that’s about it! Once you’ve knit the second row, you can tug the cast on tail to tighten up the join. Not bad, right? After blocking, it’s typically completely invisible.

Second round

What do you think? It’s a nice simple way to join in the round. What’s your favourite method?

Knitting Tutorial: How to Join in the Round