Short Rows: Double Stitches

Next up in my short row review are double stitches – a technique I came across in Stephanie van der Linden’s book “The Sock Knitter’s Workshop”. I don’t know the provenance of this technique, and as Montse Stanley doesn’t mention it in her book the Knittter’s Handbook (my go-to reference book) I was intrigued. Turns out they are fun and funny little stitches.

Method #4: Double Stitches

Double stitches

To make a double stitch is a very easy thing – knit the turning stitch.

Knit turning stitch

Turn your work, and slip the first stitch (that’ll be the turning stitch you knit on the RS)

Turn and slip

Now comes the fun bit – take the working yarn and pull it taut, up and over the needle towards the back.

Pull yarn up and over

The aim is to create two stitches from the loop on the right needle.  In the photo  below I’ve pulled the yarn nice and taut.  The loops either side of my working yarn are from the single slipped stitch.

Close up of double stitch

Effectively by pulling the working yarn tight, and then bringing it back around to purl we create a wrap around the slipped stitch which has been butterflied to make 2 loops.

Side view of double stitch

A side view of the working yarn pulled taut.

Double stitch view from other side

I flipped the work over to take a photo from the knit side – the top of the slipped stitch is pulled right over the needle, making 2 loops from the original stitch. This is the ‘double stitch’.  To continue working the purl side, after pulling the working yarn nice and tight, take it back to the front between the needles and purl the next stitch.

Purling next stitch on PS

I think double stitches are kind of funky. I deconstructed it to show you better since it took me a little while to figure out what was going on with all those loops.

Double stitches

In the photo above are 3 double stitches on the left needle.  Can you see the wrap and the original stitch butterflied?

The photo below should help deconstruct what’s going on. The white stitch was the stitch that got pulled round the needle by the working yarn.  See how the head of the stitch is pulled right round the needle, making 2 loops? The head is dissected by the working yarn (yellow) that was pulled round tight and then purled across the row. See how it makes a wrap around one half of the white stitch? And cleverly, the white stitch sandwiches the wrap so when you come to work the double stitch the wrap is hidden – on both sides of the work! Clever clever.

The blue stitch was the second last stitch on the knit side row, and the orangey-yellow stitch is the first purled stitch after creating the double stitch so you can place the wrap in context.

Double stitch and wrap

When you come to working the double stitches, treat them as a single stitch and knit both loops together.

Knit double stitch as one

Here are a few close ups of working the double stitch as one.

View of knitting double stitch as one

Knitting double stitch (both loops)

This is the front of the worked double stitches.

Worked double stitches

And the back of the worked double stitches.

Back of worked double stitches

I like this method – it’s easy and fun to make the double stitches. I’m not hugely fond of the back of the work though since it feels quite bumpy so I wouldn’t like to use them socks. Still, a nice little technique to have in your back pocket!

Last up… Shadow wraps

4 thoughts on “Short Rows: Double Stitches

  1. Wow! I would have never thought of doing anything like this. This is an amazing technique! I enjoyed your other posts on short rows as well, but I’d never come across this before. I will have to try this out very soon!
    Thank you.

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  3. Alice, just got your book Socktopus and love it! It is so inspiring! I am a sock addict also but am just getting started. I read your short row techniques and am going to print it off for my sock notebook. The methods are beautiful and don’t have the holy look. All I want now is the sock yarn on the cover of “SOCKTOPUS”. It is the most gorgeous yarn I’ve ever seen. What is it? And how to get it? I live in Georgia USA and feel starved for sock yarns. Literally. I spin some of my yarn since finding it is hard. Thanks for your help and inspiration. I better get a second copy of Socktopus to have an extra in case! Marcye Haire

    • @Marcye Haire, So pleased you like the book! The sock yarn is Sokkusu Original, and the colour is Drache – it was a one off colourway. The closest we have now is Fly Eye which is a deep rich turquoise green colour – Loopy Ewe in the US stocks it. 🙂

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