Double Knitting

The term double knitting has at least two meanings when it comes to knitting and knitters.

Probably the meaning most knitters are familiar with is as a yarn 'weight'. 8 ply yarns are commonly referred to as double knit or DK yarns.

Knitting on a Long LoomBut on this page I am using the other common meaning for the term which is a style of knitting that you can do on a long loom.

On a loom this term refers to creating a knitted fabric that has knit stitches (stocking stitch) on both sides of the fabric.



Double Knitting Instructions

Wind the tail of the yarn around the peg on the side of the long and begin to wrap the yarn around each peg, zig-zagging from one side of the loom to the other missing the pegs directly opposite from the one just wrapped.

Yarn direction for double knitting on a long loom

When you get to the end of the loom, turn your loom and wrap the yarn around each of the pegs you missed.

For the first or cast on row, repeat the previous instructions so that you have two loops on each peg. Wind the tail of the yarn around the side peg and then work your way down one side of the loom knitting the stitch on each peg. Turn the loom and repeat all the way along the other side.

At this point, you should have two loops of yarn around each peg on the loom. Wrap the tail around the side peg to hold it while you are working. Beginning with the last peg you wrapped the yarn around, use your loom hook to lift the bottom loop up and over the top loop to form a knit stitch.

Repeat the process for each peg on this side of your loom, then turn the loom and repeat for each peg on the other side.

Congratulations! You have just completed your first row.

For the next and each following row, starting with the peg opposite the peg where the tail of the yarn is, wind your yarn around each peg zig-zagging from one side of the loom as you did in the establishment row. When you have reached the end of the loom, turn and wrap the yarn around each of the pegs that your missed on the first pass.

When you have gone all the way down one side and back to the starting point, you are ready to knit that row.

At this point, you should have two loops of yarn around each peg on the loom, oneis the stich you knitted in the previous row and the second is the yarn you have just wrapped around the pegs on the loom. Wrap the tail around the side peg to hold it while you are working as you did on the establishment row and beginning with the last peg you wrapped the yarn around, use your loom hook to lift the bottom loop up and over the top loop to form a knit stitch.

Repeat the process for each peg on this side of your loom, then turn the loom and repeat for each peg on the other side.

Then you just repeat until your knitted fabric is the length desired.



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