Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Playing with double knitting
I love color (who doesn't?), and I love things with lots of colors and things going on. I like to get lost in patterns and color. Noodling around on Ravelry, I saw a bunch of interesting patterns that were double knit. If you don't know what that is, it's basically making a double-faced item, with colors reversed on front & back. Here's a Rainbow Scarf on Ravelry by Eline Sanders that is just gorgeous, knit using Kauni Effektgarn. I wasn't ready to jump in on the whole scarf, so I took some Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride and Plymouth Boku that I had left over from a hat I knit, and decided to make a hot pad to learn the technique.
Plus, depending on how you twist the 2 strands during the more solid portions, you actually get 2 layers of cloth. Sort of a mind bender. I haven't done it, but maybe this is like those magic mittens that people knit, one inside the other, knit at the same time - finish knitting and pull out the inside mitten! A great magic trick. Double knitting is great for scarves and hats - double warmth, and I can see making a reversible vest and oh, all sorts of things! Imagine doing a hat or mittens with the inside layer as cashmere or angora for super soft, super warm. What decadence!