We love making our own knitwear, the sweaters and tops we have a special affection for, over all the other clothes in our closets. Sometimes, knitting can be a bit cumbersome, such as when we’re working increases to shape sleeves, or any special shape, and we have to knit “1 stitch twice” and we ask ourselves: how in the world do I do that? In this post, we’re here to save you and show you how to knit a stitch twice in four different ways.
Before beginning, we encourage you to review this list of techniques we’ll use:
1. Knit into the same stitch twice: one normal and the other through the back loop (crossed).
You can use this type of increase both for knitting and purling. Use it when you have to increase between knit stitches. To make this type of increase, knit the first stitch, then without dropping the stitch from the left needle, knit the stitch again through the back loop, as you would in Crossed stockinette stitch. Now drop the stitch from the left needle. You will have made two stitches from the same stitch. See how in the following video:
1. Purl into the same stitch twice: one normal and the other through the back loop (crossed).
This type of stitch is usually used when increasing between two purl stitches. Just like the last increase, you have to work into the same stitch twice before pushing it from the needle. This time, you will first purl as usual, then purl through the back loop. Hit play on the video below to see how it’s done:
3. Work the same stitch twice: knit 1 then purl 1.
This increase is used in stitches that change stitches, like ribbing or seed stitch, or when you are going to knit, but then need to purl. As in the previous cases, first knit the stitch as usual, then without dropping the stitch from the left needle, purl the next stitch, as you normally would. Let’s see how in the video:
4. Work the same stitch twice: purl 1 then knit 1.
This type of increase is also usually used with patterns that change stitch, as in the previous section, or when you have to purl the next stitch and knit the following one. To make it, purl into the same stitch as usual, then without dropping the stitch from the left needle, knit into it as you normally would. You can see how easy it is in the following video:
Now knitting the same stitch twice doesn’t seem so complicated, right? We hope that this tutorial is helpful to you and that you’ll share your knitting with us on social media using the hashtag #WeAreKnitters. Until next time!