I’ve been hunting around for a bit of a challenge and in passing I opened up a pattern book I haven’t browsed for a while. I came across a wonderful jacked in double knitting with a modern Scandinavian pattern on the shoulders. I didn’t exactly think “piece of cake” but that was the point. I was in love.
In case you haven’t come across double knitting before, it is a technique where you knit with two contrasting coloured yarn at the same time to create two independent fabrics linked only at the sides and the cast on/cast off edges. If you are also knitting patterns into your fabric, each side of the work shows the pattern in the contrast yarn.
I picked my yarn carefully – selecting colours which I love and wear and also compliment each other. And alpaca. I thought I’d go the full hog and make something luxurious.
And then I cast on. Ripped back and cast on again. I was determined to get the hang of the double knitting tubular cast on recommended. And I got there.
And then I started knitting. Swatching is for losers right? Wrong!!
I ripped out and started again. By this stage, I had three days’ worth of knitting wound back into balls. My knitting ego had shrunk to the size of a midget. I started again but only a swatch this time. Cast on was less of an issue. Knitting no problem. Then I noticed something odd.
Yes, you got it. I was double knitting reverse stocking stitch. I carried on watching YouTube videos ad nauseam. Then tried again. Still the same result. My swatch turned into the size of a bookmark. Still no real change.
I don’t admit defeat. This attempt is just “resting”.
Any ideas or pointers on double knitting? Any projects that you are resting at the moment?