New Finished Object

Here's my latest finished object. It's a hot pad, done in double knitting. My daughter Heather created the pattern, and I think she did a fabulous job!

Double knitting, for those of you who don't know, is a way of knitting a two-sided fabric at once. It makes great heavy fabric for a warm afghan, good insulation for a hot pad, or you could knit both sides of a pillow at once. The picture on one side comes out as the reverse, a mirror image, on the other side.

Here's the picture of the reverse side of the hot pad, so you can see what I mean:

I'm new to double knitting so not an expert at it. But it is an interesting technique that I'll definitely want to dabble with more. It might make a great, really warm baby blanket or afghan...shawl or poncho...and of course works great for coasters and hot pads. What experience have you had with double knitting?



OfTroy said…
beautiful work.

i like geometric designs, like stripes, diamonds, squares and have several posts on my blog about double knitting (all sorts of double knitting, not just the jacquard double knitting you illustrated.)

one of my favorite designs is 'gingham' but 'windows' also tickles my fancy, and most recently, i have been doing combo's of knits and purls for textured designs..

i even have a tutoril on how to cast on for double knitting
I've visited your blog and I absolutely love your steps/streaks of lightning pattern especially. I can see I'm going to need to read your blog in more detail so I can try this out! Who knew there was so much variety with double knitting? ;-)

My only problem with it is tension. Normally I knit tightly, but I have difficulty maintaining a tight tension with double knitting. Any thoughts?

Nan said…
Liz, you posted a comment on NanKnits about my knit-a-long. Please send me an email to and I will put you on my email list so I can contact you when a new post goes up. And so you can send me a photo of your finished purse to post.


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