Knitting Help – Knitting Double Stranded

Knitting Help – Knitting Double Stranded


This question comes up a lot, people emailing
me and asking me and I think it falls into that classic category of way overthinking
things because when I explain it then…is that it? The question is “How do I knit double-stranded?”
A pattern has told me to hold the yarn double-stranded and you don’t understand how that goes. Really
I can tell you the answer. I’m going to show you the answers too, but I’ll tell you it
just means holding two strands of yarn together as if they were one strand of yarn and working
all the stitches just like it was one strand of yarn. There are a lot of different reasons for holding
yarn like that and I’ll run through the ones that I can think of right now and one pattern
comes to mind right away for me. That’s a felted clog pattern and they have you knitting
double-stranded all the way through with wool yarn and then knitting triple-stranded when
you knit the sole so that when it’s felted, the sole is especially thick and squishy and
comfortable. I think I can remember the pattern. I’ll give you a link in the video description
field once I remember the exact name of the pattern. But holding the yarn double-stranded
and then triple-stranded actually makes a difference in how the pattern works together.
You might also want to knit double-stranded if you want to knit with two colors together
to get kind of a different effect on the scarf like I’ve done here. I wrote down some more
reasons here. It’s also the same with crochet or knitting. Either pattern could ask for
that. Yes, another reason would be is if you’re
using a novelty yarn or a mohair yarn. A fun fur yarn or a mohair yarn there isn’t a lot
to those yarns. They have a really thin string with just kind of fuzz around it. And when
you knit with them by themselves the thing you’re knitting, the fabric you’re making
doesn’t have much substance to it. A lot of times designers will have you use what’s called
a carrier yarn with the mohair or the fun fur to give it more substance and to have
just more structure to the piece. That’s kind of a normal thing to do. Another reason that
you might want to knit with double-strand is if you want to knit a pattern like a hat
let’s say, that uses bulky yarn and you don’t have any bulk yarn but you have all this worsted
yarn, usually you can, depending on the yarn, you can hold two strands of worsted yarn together
to make bulky yarn and you have the yarn you need at home. You do have to check your gauge
because it’s not a for sure thing. But you can hold pretty much two strands of sock yarn
together for a sport weight yarn or two strands of DK for worsted weight. That’s the basics
on how it works out but you should always check your gauge. And you may need to adjust
your needle sizes. Knitting with double-stranded, you can just
work from two separate balls of yarn or you can wind it together like I have here. Mainly
I did this because it looks so pretty like this, doesn’t it…but the only time it works…the
only time you can think about winding it together if you have a ball winder at home, is if the
two fibers are identical. You don’t want to wind a fun fur and a wool together because
the wool is going to stretch and have a lot of give to it and the fun fur is going to
hold rigid and not stretch at all and you won’t be able to keep good tension out of
the ball. It won’t ruin your knitting but it will just…you’ll end up with one strand
much longer. The wool strand will end up being much longer because it will…no, the wool
strand will end up being shorter because it will have relaxed after being stretched and
the fun fur will be longer. This looks nice if you want to use like the
same exact kind of yarn and wind it together for a scarf or something. I’m going to go
ahead and just show you an example of what I mean by knitting double-stranded by working
on this little bit of mock rib. Let’s go and take a look. So you can see using the two colors, gives
it a nice look, it looks really cool. Every time you see two strands on the needle, that
counts as one stitch. I’ll tell you that you don’t…if you’re knitting double stranded,
you don’t want to use really pointed needles. You want to use needles that have a little
bit of bluntness to them. Otherwise you’re forever going to be splitting the stitches.
I’m going to work a few stitches to show you what I mean. I’ve put my needle in through
both strands, wrap it with both strands, pull it through both strands, this is just like
knitting with one strand of yarn. You don’t really have to pay attention to if the yarn
is twisting on itself or whatever. It kind of just gives it a different effect and more
texture if there are little twists to it. I’m just working one purl one here. You can
see if my needles were really sharp, I’d be likely to split between the two stitches and
that would throw my stitch count off. I would increase accidentally. That’s it. I hope that answers everyone’s
question. Good luck.

36 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Knitting Double Stranded

  1. I just Googled how to do this last night! You're like a knitting mind reader 😊. Thanks, as always, for the simple, clear instructions. I watch your videos every time I come across something I don't know. They've made me a better, more confident knitter.

  2. I did an afghan with 6 strands of worsted weight yarn one year. I had two colors, so I did a row with 6 of one color, then a row of 3 of each, and then a row of 6 of the other color and so on. I did single crochet and left each edge with tassels so I didn't have to splice anywhere within the blanket. I used a Q crochet hook. It was one of those winter blankets that you break out when the electric goes out in an ice storm, and everyone gathers in one room to snuggle. 🙂

  3. Thank you! My worry when instructions say to "hold yarn double" or "double stranded" is that I wouldn't be able to hold the two strands perfectly even. Now I know that doesn't matter so much.

  4. Perfect timing. We were just winding hanks yesterday and I have all these left over half cakes of Malabrigo Rios from making multiples of the same project (PurlBee's Bandana Cowl). I was day dreaming about winding them all into surprise cakes like a self striping yarn, but winding them together is a great idea for this other pattern I have been looking at.

  5. Thanks Staci, Your videos are always so clear and precise, I have always been abit intimidated by double stranded knitting but not any more.You always make techniques seem less intimidating and enjoyable.

  6. Another great video, even for so simple an issue. If it confused one person, it probably confused one dozen or more! Great job as ever Staci!!

  7. Thank you very much for this video!! as always it is super well done and you're a really good teacher! 😀

    I saw a post on a decrease trick that makes a really smooth edge compared to regular decrease. Do you think you could do a video about this one if you ever get the chance to? It's called the "slip-twist-turn decrease". I can't put the link to the articles here. it doesn't seem to work but you can find it easily on google. it was the first link when I searched it (the site is "yarnsub.com……"

    Thank you in advance for your time and also for all of your other super cool videos! 😀
    I'm currently living my yarn addiction through you, because I got myself a super nice tendinitis to my thumb while knitting too much….and I've had it continuously since last April and thus can't knit at all ! Argh! So I'm watching your videos as a substitute for my drug! 😀 I even would like to see a video about a decrease that I won't even be able to try until my thumb heals! hehe Show how addicted I am 😀

    thanks again!

  8. When I first saw the title for this video, I wrongly assumed you were going to show a demo on double knitting. I have worked double stranded before and I didn't think too much about it. Now, double knitting is a whole different thing! Good video.

  9. can u teach us to double strand were u knit and one color is on one side and the other cooler is on the other side??

  10. This video is just what I was looking for, great tips included. Would you please post the link to the clogs you mentioned that have a triple knit sole? Thanks!

  11. Seriously spent about half an hour googling the proper word combination for this effect and a tutorial on how to do it properly….I had a feeling it was this simple but I couldn't find anyone to validate the process. THANK YOU!!!

  12. Do you have any solution for pooling when using two different colors yarn. And thank you for the equivalencies – I had been wondering about that. It always seemed to me that two DKs would be heavier than worsted. I'll take your word for it!

  13. Hello! I'm a new knitter and have enjoyed so many of your how-to videos! Thank you.
    I'm currently knitting a seed stitch cowl using double strands. But now I'm at a point where I need to join a new ball of yarn and wondering if I use my normal method of joining a new ball then the overlap stitches (approx 3 stitches) will include THREE strands of yarn… do you think this will be too bulky/obvious in the pattern? Or is there a trick for double-stranded knitting? Or am I over-thinking it?!

  14. Thanks for posting this video on knitting using 2 strands of yarn. I always wanted to knit with 2 strands but worry that my strands twist. With your info, i'm going to try it. Thanks for posting this video.

  15. the pattern you have there is so beautiful! I tried to do one knit and one purl, but then it became all tangled up and almost impossible when I go on the next row :O

  16. I am knitting my first pair of mittens for my youngest son. I want to knit a pair for my oldest son too, (he's 3) but would like the mittens to be thicker. I think I will give this a whirl and see how it turns out! Thank you for sharing. Also, you knit really fast!!! I wish I could knit that fast! I hold my yarn with my left hand…?

  17. If you wanted to end your project by knotting the two strands (instead of weaving in) what knot would you use? Thanks for your clear videos!

  18. How do you join new yarn on a double stitch? (I'm a newb). I wound 2 strands of yarn together on a roll by hand so it would stop tangling while I tried to knit. Now I want to add a different color but I only have 1 small skein of it (50g purchase from ebay that I thought was a regular sized skein -.-;). The yarns are the same weight, just the one I started with is doubled.

  19. I just knitted a scarf using a red and a black regular yarn. Had yarns separate and they kept twisting, it was so so frustrating. Any way to keep that from happening?

  20. Thank you for the video. However, I have a question not covered. I have a pattern calling for 1 ball of 4 different color ways. However, each ball is to be knit doubled. I can't figure out how to do this without buying 2 balls of each, which would not only be expensive (unless I wanted to make 2 of the scarves, of course). This may be just a lack of common sense on my part.

  21. What to do when the pattern calls for co 37 stitches and that is the pattern? Doesn't there have to be a pair – for every knit there is the contrasting purl? Help, I am very confused.

  22. looking for knitters help ..i have a pattern that says to cast on 26 stitches on dpn laid double if anybody can help with this abbreviation that would be great….thanks

  23. could you take a look at this pattern and give some tips for switching colors? It uses double strands, then drops one strand of one color and picks up another strand of another color for a block, then 2 strands of a new color. It is trying to get a blended look, but I have never done this before. Seems simple, but would like some help. https://o-wool.com/products/gorgas-run-scarf

  24. I want to make a mohair blanket, and I was wondering what thickness of yarn should I use to double the stand with? Thanks for all your vids, they're super helpful

  25. Thank you for this clarification! I was confused on this and why it was used…I love knitting because there's always something new to learn or try.

  26. Sorry, I still have a question please. I'm knitting a scarf and holding two different yarns together.have any stretch it Malabrigo lacepaca and the other is a DK meriono wool and silk blend.
    The lace is wrapping so much excess yardage of lace around the DK it appears soon it will strangle the other yarn and it will become a giant mess. So I thought before watching anyones advice I should cut the yarns and make it into a single ball. Sounds from this video that thats not a good solution.
    One other fear was cutting the ends and being able to securely wind them and
    Will keeping the yarns seperated from one another and only bringing them together just at knitting point? will that help or work? Right now I have one sitting atop the other and bringing them and bring them together to knit I'm trying to prevent how much of the lace yarn is being used. I had intended it to be equal but it seems that won't happen.
    Unfortunately much more yargage of lace is getting used because its wrapping around the larger yarn. IT looks good but its just going to get thighter and tighter,
    Can I prevent it? Or Should I rethink the yarns? And start over. I started my first project page finally in Ravelry. I'm #conceptmuse on Raverly. Going to start cataloging my inventories etc in 2020. Wish I could post images here. Thanks Staci.

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