Double Stockinette – the Squishy, No-Purl & No-Curl knitting stitch
The Stockinette Stitch is the most common knitting stitch pattern and we like it a lot, right? But, let me introduce its cousin, the Double Stockinette!
Double Stockinette is just as smooth and beautiful as the regular stockinette, and then some! Let me tell you the perks of Double Stockinette…
- Say goodbye curling edges, this stitch doesn’t curl. Not even a bit.
- There’s no purling. Yes, you read that right. There’s no purling involved when knitting the Double Stockinette stitch.
- Double Stockinette is just that, double, which means that both sides look alike. The Double Stockinette features the classic V-shaped stitches on both the back and front sides of the work.
- Super squishy! This is a thicker, more squishy and very stretchy fabric.
Why isn’t this curling as regular Stockinette?
The reason the Stockinette Stitch curls at the edges are that the knit stitch has higher tension in it than the purl stitch. Therefore it pulls towards the knit side. In the Double Stockinette stitch, there are as many knit stitches on both sides of the fabric which make the tension even and the fabric flat.
What can I knit in Double Stockinette?
Double Stockinette can be used for a lot of things. It’s elastic enough to replace ribbing and can look really cute as cuffs for a sweater or cardigan design.
It’s squishy and elastic, perfect for the brim of a winter hat. Thicker, warmer and more elegant looking than a ribbing.
The lack of a wrong side makes it suitable for any project that’s double-sided, like scarfs. Or really warm and cuddly blankets.
How to knit the Double Stockinette stitch
The Double Stockinette stitch is super easy to do. All you have to know is how to cast on stitches, do knit stitches, slip stitches and bind off. Easy as pie!
This is how to do it:
- Cast on an even number off stitches.
- Repeat this: (K1, sl1 wyif)
So, pull out a ball of yarn and your favorite pair of knitting needles and get started.
Cast on in multiples of two. I used the long tail cast on for this, it’s simple and I use it a lot.
As this is a stretchy stitch I held my needle tips together and added the stitches around both at the same time to get enough yarn for the edge to be able to stretch out. I do this when casting on for ribbing with this method as well.
Double Stockinette worked flat:
Knit the first stitch and bring your yarn to the front. Then put your needle into next stitch as if you were going to purl. Let the stitch slip over to your right needle without knitting it. Repeat this for all your stitches, and all your rows.
––> Want to learn everything about the regular Stockinette Stitch? AND fight the curling edges?
––> Want to know more about slipped stitches? Then this post is for you: Knitting with Slipped Stitches
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And if you’re working in the round:
When knitting Double Stockinette in the round there are a couple of things you have to change to make it work.
The right side and the wrong side rows are worked the same way when knitting this stitch flat. This means that you have to add a wrong side row (and purling) to make it work in the round. Here’s how to do it:
Join in the round and mark out the start of the row with a stitch marker or a loop of scrap yarn.
First row: (K1, sl1 wyif)
Knit the first stitch and bring your yarn to the front. Then put your needle into next stitch as if you were going go purl it. Let the stitch slip over to your right needle without knitting it. Repeat this for your first row.
Second row: (sl1 wyib, P1)
When you reach your stitch marker you know you have finished your first row. Slip your marker over to the right needle and start the second row.
Bring your yarn to the back and slip one stitch as you were going to purl. then purl the next stitch. Repeat this to the end of the row.
Keep alternating the first and second row until your piece is long enough.