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Loom Knitting–Creating in Double Knit

June 17th, 2008

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This is a guest post by Pat Novak of KnittingBoard.com.

What is Double Knit? And why would we want to loom knit with a Knitting Board? Well, for me, it all started about 10 years ago. I had learned to knit at age 19 working with all size needles and all varieties of yarns. I became a ‘knitting junkie’ for many years. I still enjoy working with my needles when I want to create single knit. But when I want a nice thick, cozy double knit I use the Knitting Board.

So, what is the difference? And, what is the Knitting Board?

The Knitting Board is a knitting tool that creates double knit very easily and quickly. The process is simply, weave and hook. As I discovered, creating double knit can be an easy process, and is very easy on my hands and wrists. The Knitting Board creates a thick knit that is ideal for afghans, sweaters, shawls, scarves and footwear.

Why Double Knit?

Double knit is a two-sided knitted fabric with NO back side. That means that you can weave in different color designs without seeing the knots and connecting yarns on the back of the knitted piece. Think about this for afghans, shawls, bags, scarves, and anything that you want to be reversible. Your design will look exactly the same on the front of the knitted piece as it does on the back side. The connecting yarns and knots are completely hidden in between the layers of knit.

So, you may want to know, “Is this still hand-knitting?” Simply speaking, “Yes.” Just ask some of the thousands of knitting board and loom-knitters if they are still hand knitting. It’s a different art or craft from knitting with needles, and just a change of tool from needles to loom.

Right now, my current project is a baby blanket for my first grandbaby, Jaedyn. She is scheduled to join our family in September. Her mommy and daddy live in Florida, so I want to make my blanket and booties out of Babysoft and Lion Organic Cotton. My knitting board is set with a 1″ spacing between the boards so that the knit is open and airy and cool. I’m using several different stitches to create lots of texture. It will have little chickie designs of yellow and pink and green on a white base. I think I’ll do the booties in white with trim in pink and green. I’m really excited–can you tell? I know it will be beautiful because of the double knit with no back side. As soon as it’s completed, I’ll post it to the blog for all to see. I’ll even put the pattern up for free so you can knit up a Little Chickie baby blanket, if you have someone very special in your family.

Here’s the chick design I’ll be using, shown here in a sweater.

Next project? I have a new puppy too. Her name is Deshka and she needs a puppy sweater. That will be a great project for Fall. Perfect for the double knit on my knitting board.

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  • shari

    Did I miss a link for informatin on how to do the double knitting?

    Zontee says: Hi Shari, using the Knitting Board will create a double-knit fabric automatically. To hand-knit double-knit fabric, you would knit 1, slip 1, knit 1 slip 1 (and so on) for the first row, and on the next row, you would knit the stitches you slipped on the first row and slip the stitches you knit on the first row, and so on.

  • http://www.knittingboard.com Pat Novak

    Hi Shari, Let me share the link that will take you directly to a page showing the weaving and hooking process for the knitting board. If you copy and paste this, you will see the stockinette stitch process. Pat

    http://www.knittingboard.com/v/vspfiles/stitch_stockinette5.pdf

  • Kathy Keene

    I was so glad to see this article on loom knitting. I have been tempted to try this. Recently one of the women in our sewing guild brought her granddaughter with her to a meeting. This young girl was working on her knitting loom. Yes, we bring our knit and crochet items for show and tell at a “sewing” guild meeting. That sold me and I ordered one from Pat Novak at Knitting Board. And now I see your article. What a confirmation. Can’t wait for the board to come. I also want to try Lion Brand’s pattern Danbury hooded sweater. I will search your patterns for more loom knitting.

  • Angel

    I love my looms! Thanks for posting about loom knitting :-D

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  • http://kirascraftylife.blogspot.com/ Kira

    I used to be intimidated by knitting, but I actually made the “transition” to knitting by learning to knit on knitting looms.

  • Hash

    I do double knitting by hand. I love it because it’s reversible. I’ve made some great afghans for my grandchildren using the plaid-on-one-side, striped-on-the-other pattern. Does anyone have any other patterns to share?

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  • Julie

    Can anyone tell me more about double knitting with needles? I would like to know how to knit with one color on one side and a different color on the other side. I would love to see some patterns.

  • Janet Bumgarner

    I am interested if this is something someone who has only 1 functional hand can do? My daughter has a disability but yearns to be crafty. She has tried to crochet but finds it cumbersome and discouraging.

  • Desiree

    Can anyone tell me if there are any alterations needed when using a knitting board on a pattern that calls for regular knitting? Such as do I follow using the same number of rows called for in the pattern or do I need to do more on the knitting board?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Desiree, the Knitting Board is designed to create double-knit fabric, which is twice as thick (and uses twice as many stitches) as a regular piece of knit fabric. I’m not sure how to adapt a pattern for it, but I’d suggest checking KnittingBoard.com for more advice. Hope that helps!

  • Postslot

    when i use the knitting board, one end’s last stitch is looser than the other.  is there a video on how i can fix this?  knitting board has written instructions i can’t understand.  thanks for the help

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