Hi, my name is Kaitlin and I am the designer behind Originally Lovely (www.originallylovely.com). I’ve been making for as long as I can remember and designing patterns just as long. Growing up, I could never quite find the pattern I wanted so I would create my own! I love designing pieces that are both fun to make and create something stylish that you will wear again and again.
This scarf, The Dottie Scarf, is a perfect little pattern I’ve designed as an intro into double knitting. Double knitting is where you knit two layers of fabric simultaneously to create something that has stockinette stitch on both sides. Double knitting shows a design in (generally) two colors on one side and an inverse design of those two colors on the opposite side. It’s a perfect way to make something a little thicker, squishier, and with a unique colorwork element.
There are many ways to work double knitting but the way I’m going to show you today is my favorite. This technique creates a beautiful chain selvage edge that really makes your scarf look professional. Another thing I love about this technique is that you are only working with one strand of yarn at a time so I think it works faster and easier.
2 skeins (about 300 yards) Lion Brand Yarn Touch of Cashmere in Winter White or similar worsted weight yarn
2 skeins (about 300 yards) Lion Brand Yarn Touch of Cashmere in Portobello or similar worsted weight yarn
Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular knitting needle
Size 4.5-5.0 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
This pattern is written in standard US knitting terms.
Winter White will be color A, Portobello will be color B.
This scarf will measure about 7.5” wide and 72” long. You may easily adjust the length of the scarf by working the pattern repeat more or less.
18 sts and 20 rows = 4” in double knit pattern.
K2tog: knit two together. In this pattern, k2tog is actually not decreasing a stitch. When you are asked to k2tog you are knitting two strands together while holding two strands of yarn. Each strand of yarn is a stitch so you end up with the same number of stitches.
wl1: slip the next stitch purl-wise
sl2: slip the next two stitches purl-wise
wyib: working yarn in back. The working yarn will need to be in the back of your work.
wyif: working yarn in front. The working yarn will need to be in the front of your work.
Slide Work: In this pattern, I will tell you to ‘slide work.’ This means that you will push all the stitches from one side of your needles to the other. You will work the row once more with the same side facing you.
Turn Work: In this pattern, I will also tell you to ‘turn work,’ this just means to knit as you normally would when you get to the end of the row. You will simply turn the work and switch your needles so that the opposite side is facing you are you are ready to work the next row.
Using both strands of yarn held together, cast on 66 sts. NOTE: since you are holding both strands together you are casting on two stitches for every single cast on.
Arrange stitches so that the strands are in a A, B, A, B order.
NOTE: Each row will be worked in two parts. First, you will work each row using only one strand of yarn. Then, you will slide the work back across your circular needle to work across once more using the other strand of yarn.
Row 1 (Right Side): sl2 sts (one strand color A, one strand color B), move both strands of working yarn to the back. Using only color A, *k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * to 2 sts left on needle, sl2 wyib.
1 (Wrong Side): slide work. sl2, using color B, *sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
2 (WS): turn work. sl2 wyif, move both strands to back. Using only color B, *k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * to last 2, sl2 wyib.
2 (RS): slide work. sl2, using color A, *sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
3 (RS): turn work. sl2 wyif, move both strands to back. Using only color A, *k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * last 2, sl2 wyib.
3 (WS): slide work. sl2, using color B, *sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
4 (WS): turn work. sl2, move both strands to back. Using only color B, (k1, sl1 wyif) 3x, *sl1 wyib, p1, (k1, sl1 wyif) 3x. Rep from * to last 2, sl2 wyib.
NOTE: Because you are switching the order of your stitches to get the dotted pattern, your strands of yarn will not be in the same A, B, A, B order at this point.
4 (RS): slide work. sl2, using color A, (sl1 wyib, p1) 3x, *k1, sl1 wyif, (sl1 wyib, p1) 3x. Rep from * to last 2, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
5-7: as rows 1-3.
8 (WS): turn work. sl2, move both strands to back. Using only color B, k1, sl1 wyif, sl1 wyib, p1, *(k1, sl1 wyif) 3x, sl1 wyib, p1. Rep from * to last 4, k1, sl1 wyif, sl2 wyib.
8 (RS): slide work. sl2, using color A, sl1 wyib, p1, k1, sl1 wyif, *(sl1 wyib, p1) 3x, k1, sl1 wyif. Rep from * to last 4, k1, sl1 wyif, using both strands of yarn, k2tog.
Continue rows 1-8 until scarf measures 71” long or to desired length. Work rows 1-3 once more.
Bind off by holding both strands of yarn.
Weave in ends. Block by soaking in warm water and lay flat to dry.
There you have it, your very own Dottie Scarf! Now that you have a good grasp of double knitting, you can create your own designs, the options are endless!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern! Check out my website and sure to follow me on Instagram for more of my designs. If you make this scarf, tag @originally.lovely to show off your work!
With Love, Kaitlin