The DOUBLE stockinette…

I have to admit, after 4 years of knitting, one of my favourite stitches is still the stockinette stitch.

HOWEVER, the things I like least about using this stitch are the curled edges and the fact that it’s not reversible (the back side does not look like the front).

So, when I want to use this stitch, it’s either with a garter stitch border (like for a blanket) or on a piece I know I will be sewing up so the curl doesn’t matter (like for a cushion cover).

I also won’t use this stitch on pieces where both sides are exposed; for instance on an infinity scarf or wrap, because I don’t like the look of the back of this stitch.

BUT, the other day while on Pinterest, I found a link to an article about options when using the stockinette stitch so you don’t get the rolled edges.

They talked about using a garter stitch border, about “blocking” your piece, about using a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for a similar look that is reversible, and about “the double stockinette stitch”.

The double stockinette stitch?? I have never, in all the time I’ve been knitting (which isn’t very long but still!) heard about the double stockinette stitch so I had to try it!

It’s SO easy AND…the edges DON’T CURL!!! 😀

PATTERN:
*Knit 1, yarn forward, slip 1 purl-wise, yarn back*.
Repeat from * to * across the row.

Simply cast on an EVEN amount of stitches then:

Knit one stitch.

Bring your yarn forward.

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Slip your next stitch purl-wise onto your right needle.

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Bring your yarn back.

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and REPEAT across the row starting from Knit 1.

Turn your work and repeat.

The pattern is used for both sides of your work.

The double stockinette gives you the V-shaped stitches on both sides of your project so you can use it on pieces like scarves and wraps where you see both sides.

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Front of piece
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Back of piece

NOTE: I found this to be a very tight stitch, so in order to get the proper width to my piece, I had to take the recommended stitch gauge from my yarn and multiply it by 1.5 in order to obtain the width I wanted.  For example, I’m using a chunky yarn that has a gauge of 14 stitches for 4″, however, I had to use 21 stitches in order to obtain the 4″.  Also, I sized up my needles from the recommended size to create a looser stitch.

Below is a video of me showing you the stitch so you can get a better idea of what I mean.

So if you give it a try, I would love to see pictures! You can share them on my Facebook page.

Or, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting!

Diana

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