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Double stockinette stitch is a versatile and unique knitting technique that creates a reversible fabric with a beautiful texture and added warmth. The stitch pattern means knitting the stockinette stitch on both the project's right side (RS) and wrong side (WS) simultaneously with the same knitting needles. While all knitters, from beginners to seasoned pros, use stockinette, the double stockinette is also a handy stitch with multiple uses. The stitch lends itself to various projects, from basic socks to a blanket. Combining knit and purl stitches in alternate rows creates a knitted fabric with multiple advantages. It is also an easy alternative to the double knitting technique, where you make a knitted fabric of stockinette on both sides as two wrong sides (WS) face each other and the right sides face outwards.

In this guide, we'll explore how to knit double stockinette stitch step by step, along with tips and tricks to help you master this intriguing stitch pattern.

Getting Started:

To begin knitting double stockinette stitch, you'll need:

  • Yarn of your choice - If you are trying this technique or working on a basic project, choose DK yarn or worsted-weight that is mid-weight and readily available. Remember that the double stockinette stitch pattern requires twice as much yarn as the basic stockinette.
  • Knitting needles - For knitting back and forth, choose circular needles or single-pointed needles (STNs) of the appropriate length. When knitting in the round, choose circular needles of a suitable size (either shorter than the project or an extra length for the magic loop) or double pointed needles. Like all knitting projects, knit a gauge swatch first. Many knitters think that a bigger needle size than the matching weight is suitable to get started.
  • Basic knitting skills - Cast-on, knit, purl, slipped stitches, and bind-off. The slipped stitches are a technique that requires you to slip particular stitches into the other knitting needle tip without working the stitch. You must work slipped stitches with yarn to the back of the knitted fabric.
  • Knitting accessories such as finishing needles, repair hooks, and stitch markers are essential.

How to Knit the Double Stockinette Stitch

Back and Forth

Step-by-Step Instructions

Cast on an even number of stitches using your preferred method. You need to cast twice the number of stitches. Just make sure to start with a stretchy start so that you can work on the pattern quickly. A long tail cast-on is beginner-friendly and gives you a stretchy start.

After you knit 1 stitch, you push your working yarn to the front as if you were going to purl, but instead of purling, you slip the next stitch onto your needle. Next, move your working yarn back as if to knit and knit the next stitch.

In short: k1, push yarn to front purlwise, sl 1 purlwise*, continue till end.

In the round

The pattern or double stockinette stitch can be easily worked in the round, but this will not be suitable for projects requiring stockinette's basic curling characteristic at the edges, such as socks, cowls, or different patterns.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The instructions are for knitting the double stockinette stitch in the round.

Cast on an even number of stitches (plus an extra for an invisible join) using any method you prefer.

Round 1 (RS): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, knit 1

Round 2 (WS): Purl 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in the back.

Finishing—Once you've done this, hold both strands of yarn as one and knit the first two stitches together. knit one stitch and bind off one stitch; using the same color as the stitch, purl one stitch and bind off one stitch. Repeat until there are two stitches left. Using both strands of yarn, knit two together.

Weave in the yarn ends with a finishing needle or repair hook.

Block your pattern as desired. The yarn label or the pattern designer's instructions will instruct you on the blocking method.

Where to work with Double Stockinette Stitches?

Double stockinette stitch is perfect for various projects, including scarves, cowls, blankets, and garments. Its reversible nature makes it ideal for items where both sides will be visible, such as scarves and shawls. Additionally, the extra thickness of the double layer of fabric makes it great for cozy winter accessories.

Mastering double stockinette stitch opens up a world of creative possibilities in your knitting repertoire. Whether you're a beginner looking to expand your skills or an experienced knitter seeking a new challenge, this versatile stitch pattern will inspire your next project. With practice and patience, you'll soon create beautiful, textured fabrics that showcase the beauty of double stockinette stitch.

For successful knitting techniques, high-quality tools are the key. The Lantern Moon collection offers premium ebony wood knitting needles and crochet hooks handcrafted by skilled artisans.

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