Double Your Fun KAL – A Two Color Cast On & Charts

October 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm 7 comments

As I promised, I made a video showing the two color cast-on that I used to make my double knitting sample from the previous post.

Without further ado,

I hope you find this video helpful. If you enjoy it, can you give a thumbs up on YouTube? This helps more people find the video and by extension, Polka Dot Sheep.

Like most things in knitting, there is more than one way to do a two color cast on for double knitting. If you have another one that you like, by all means use that cast on. This cast on is really great because it sets you up to knit Color A and purl Color B as you launch into knitting the Sprout Cowl itself.

(This next section was added after post went up)

I wanted to say something about using a double knitting chart also.

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As you can see in the sample above, the chart is simply a series of white boxes and black boxes. The key thing to remember with a double knitting chart is that each square equals two stitches (Color A & Color B). The next thing to remember is of those two stitches, the first is a knit and the second is a purl.

The chart square color indicates what color (A or B) that first stitch of the pair is knit in. Then the second stitch is purled in the other color. In this chart sample, color A is white and Color B is black. Let’s look at the second row of the chart from right to left, you would knit it as follows:

  1. knit Color A, purl Color B
  2. knit Color B, purl Color A
  3. knit A, purl B
  4. knit A, purl B
  5. knit A, purl B
  6. knit B, purl A
  7. knit B, purl A
  8. knit B, purl A
  9. knit A, purl B

The chart is read from right to left as we are knitting in the round for this example . When knitting flat, you read from right to left on the first side and then after you turn to work back in the other direction, read left to right. How you read the colors also reverses from one row to the next when knitting flat. However, since our KAL project is knit in the round, this is something that we don’t have to concern ourselves with now. If you want to continue using the double knitting technique, many great projects are knit flat and you will perhaps research it a bit more.

(End of the added part)

Another helpful hint I would echo from the Sprout pattern is use your lighter color (if you have one) for Color A. Because you are knitting in the round, Color A will be the dominate color facing you with this pattern. It is a bit easier to see how your double knitting develop.

Are you ready to cast on your Sprout Cowl tomorrow and tackle double knitting with us? My yarn is wound and ready to go. I am using Malabrigo Worsted in Hollyhock and Pollen. Come chat in this KAL’s Ravelry thread. You can also ask questions or tell us about your project in the blog comments.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Claire Rossbach  |  October 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Was the video of the cast on included in the email? If so, I didn’t get it.

  • 2. Claire Rossbach  |  October 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, now I see it. Sorry, slow connection!

    • 3.  |  October 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Glad to see you got it figured out. If you didn’t see, I updated the post with a little information on using charts.

  • 4. Claire Rossbach  |  October 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for the heads up.

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