Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rosie says,
"I've got MY yarn!!"

hi fellow knitters!
Happy New Year!

I am so very excited to tell you about our first Challenge of the new year which is Double Knitting!
And the best part is, one of *our own* members* is the designer of this pattern which she has allowed us to use!
And please take a look at her website, ""
I suggest that you read thru the instructions first - then grab your needle and yarns, and go!  It truly is easier than it may sound on paper! I will post my photos on our blog, [Monday afternoon] so you can take a look at how it progresses.
  Here we go! [thanks so very much, Dixie!] ~ Linda

My rows using Purple for border's first 3 rows
and for set-up row [increase row]
- and first stripe is my contrast color, Mint Green -
now, starting again with purple, after Row 6:

My finished Dishcloth, top photo is front; bottom photo is opposite side:

                                              Striped Double Knit Dish Cloth
designed by Dixie Sanderson

"I am so honored that Linda our NY Hummingbird has chosen my pattern for our January challenge KAL.

My name is Dixie Sanderson.  I was fully sighted until 13 years ago, when I suddenly lost my sight.  This mint I had to relearn how to do my crafts with different techniques.  I have been a member of this group for several years, and have learned so much from the KALs that Janet and Linda have posted here.  This has made it so I am able to teach a monthly knit dish cloth on line at using adapted techniques for those of us blind knitters.  This is a pattern I created for one of my classes, and thanks to Linda it is better than it was the first time I shared it."

Striped Double-Knit Dish Cloth

Copyright Dixie Sanderson 2018

Edited by Linda, our NY Hummingbird!


2 balls worsted weight cotton yarn in contrasting colors

Knitting needles size 6 or 7

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle to weave in ends


K = Knit

WYIF = With Yarn in Front

SL -= Slip stitch

KF&B = Knit in the front and back

PM = place marker

CB = Border color

CC= contrasting color

What is double-knitting?

Double-Knitting is knitting 2 layers of cloth at the same time.

This technique is sometimes used to knit things like sleeves or socks in which you would knit both the front and back of the item at one time.

In this project we are going to start with the border, then increase our stitch count significantly for the body of the cloth.

We will then knit one side of the fabric while slipping the stitches for the other side of the fabric.

Then in the next row we will knit the reverse side of the fabric and slip the stitches we used in the prior row.

It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is.

We will be slipping the stitches as to Purl.

With Your Border color, from here on referred to as CB . Cast on 33 stitches.

Knit 3 rows for the border.


Row 1, increasing row:  (With CB) K 3, PM, (KF&B, K1)13 times, K1, PM, K3. (46 stitches)

We are now going to start with our second color.

When starting a second color you want to bring the working yarn up and underneath the old yarn from the prior color.

There are any number of ways to mark your yarn so you know what color you’re using.

For example, I like to string a pony bead on the working yarn of one ball of yarn before using that color.  Then I just need to remember if the ball with the pony bead is my border color, or my contrast color.

Another option would be by putting one color into a ziplock bag and the other color in a different type of bag.  You could put one so the ziplock bag had a little hole in the bottom corner, and then feed the yarn through that corner.  That would mark one ball and have the other ball come out of the zipper side of the bag.

Another option would be putting a safety pin around the working strand of one color.

So now that you know which skein is which, let’s get started with the second color.

Row 2: (With CC) K3, (WYIF SL1, K1) 20 times, K3.

Row 3-5: Repeat row 2.

Row 6: (With BC) K3, (WYIF SL1, K1) 20 times, K3.

Row 7-9: Repeat row 6.

You should start to be able to feel the two layers of fabric by pulling the front away from the back.

Repeat rows 2-9 for desired length ending on a Row 5.

Decreasing row: (With CB) K3, (K2Tog, K1) 13 times, K4. (33 stitches)

Border: Knit 3 rows in CB.

Bind Off.


@-> + <-@

Copyright Dixie Sanderson 2018

My own Photos, row by row, in my cloth, using Purple as my Base Color,
and Mint Green as Contrast Color

 knitting my row 4: -you can see it changing from alternating colors of green and purple,
to all green stitches

 start row 7:
 start row 8:
 start row 9:


My first finished dishcloth, which I did plain, no stripes - reversible, green/black variegated on one side, beige on other - I wanted to see how *double knitting* worked - it's really cool how you are knitting 2 dishcloths together! [to do it this way, you have to use the method of keeping yarn in front of work on some rows - you can find various methods online to do it]

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