The Bluebonnet Knitting Guild has been nice enough to ask me back to present my Double Knitting program and I’m always happy to spread the double knit love around. Last time I had worked up a little project and pattern as a type of sampler to learn some of the different techniques I discussed. I had originally hoped to do a longer workshop on it, but alas it did not come together. I did however have a nearly completed pattern already written and had wanted to dust if off and put together in a finished publishable format – this was the perfect motivation I needed!
If you would like a bit of a Double Knit Primer- refer to the first part of my DK Button Band tutorial.
While swatching is great, I wanted to have an actual useful item when finished trying these different methods, thus the coin purse. The body of the purse is worked back and forth on two needles with a single strand of yarn and produces a tube like circular knitting, but with a closed bottom. The pattern offers three different options for the closed tube cast-on.
The recommended option is working this part “inside-out” or in Reverse Stockinette Stitch. There are a couple reasons for this. First, this method doesn’t require you to move the working yarn from front to back as you work, simpler and less likely you’ll accidentally miss one and hook your sides together making the tube impossible to open. Second, you can work the pair of stitches as one (details in pattern) and this goes faster
(If you would prefer to work it so you can see the knit stitches as you go, this option is also given).
Once done with this section, you’re ready to “open the tube”. Using two needles you place alternating stitches on each, so one side of fabric is on each needle.
Viola! A knitted “in the round” tube worked back and forth on two needles. Here it has been flipped right side out and ready to continue on to the two color flap.
A slightly smaller prototype version, with another chart example. There are 9 different chart options in the pattern. Optional shaping is also covered.
Pattern: Double Knit Sampler Coin Purse
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in Double Knit Sockinette st. (Exact gauge not important)
Size: 2 ½” wide and 2 ¾” tall
Needle sizes: US Size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles
Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn or similar in two contrasting colors [Main Color (MC) and Contrast Color (CC)]
Skill level: Intermediate
Format: PDF format digital pattern