Knitting Two Items At A Time In The Round,Seamless

January 4th, 2014

As I mentioned I have been knitting up a stuffed toy, a sort of doll/faery, well I find it a bit frustrating doing one leg then the other and then by the time on on the second arm…well I get a bit bored…so I have been knitting two at the same time, two arms at same time, two legs, and this can be used for two hand warmers knitted at the same time, or two sleeves knitted at the same time, you catch my drift!

It is really great when adapting patters or making sure that both are equal, because you increase and decrease at the same time, the tension is the same,and any pattern stays correct for both, as well as it being great for not having to worry about and ‘approximate’ measurements adding up equal on both!

For this I used double pointed needles (DPN’s) but you can do this with two circular needles, you need two sets the same size, I didn’t have two sets of the right size!  just try not to get the needles mixed up, a good way to make sure you don’t is to have different tips on each, maybe one wood and one metal? or two different brands

This it how I did it with DPN’s

I started off with green but changed to white so you can see it easier

You need two balls of the colour you want to use, or you can wind two together in a ball to keep it neat,

With one ball cast on stitches and split over two needles, and do the same with the second ball too

you can see that they are not attached to each other both move freely on the needle
you can see that they are not attached to each other both move freely on the needle

take the first yarn (the needle is pointing to it)
take the first yarn (the needle is pointing to it)

knit along the row of one arm (arm in my case) thats half the row
knit along the row of one arm (arm in my case) that’s half the row

when you reach the middle, finishing one arm, drop the yarn before starting the next set of stitches
when you reach the middle, finishing one arm, drop the yarn before starting the next set of stitches

pick up the second yarn, this is attached to the second arm
pick up the second yarn, this is attached to the second arm

At this point I realized it gets a bit confusing with colours the same so added some white to the first arm, so you can see better, I have left the tail visible so you can see

knit to end of row
knit to end of row

KEEPING THE SAME YARN knit the other side till you are between the two arms
KEEPING THE SAME YARN knit the other side till you are between the two arms

drop the yarn (green) and pick up the yarn on the other arm (white)
drop the yarn (green) and pick up the yarn on the other arm (white)

knit along to end of the row, back to the start again
knit along to end of the row, back to the start again

I realized when I lay this down to rest the needle looks as if I am knitting backwards, the back straight needle is the one I am knitting on to and the one on top (you can see the tip) is the one I am knitting from… I have laid it this way so you can follow the progress easier

you should have two separate arms, that both move freely up and down the needles, and are not attached to one another!
you should have two separate arms, that both move freely up and down the needles, and are not attached to one another!

I like to pull my two items apart and check they are not attached…

So in short you knit half the row, drop yarn and pick up new yarn, knit to the end of the row, and with the SAME YARN knit half of he next row, drop this yearn and pick up new, knit to end of row and with the SAME yarn knit half the row…and just keep repeating adding in increases and decreasing or any pattern work you want, and it will always remain even

I find this fells quicker and I don’t get that feeling of finished one but still have one to go!

I do hope this helps or at least makes sense! and speeds up your work

happy knitting

by Juniper Askew

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