In my last post I illustrated in photos my understanding of one-handed double knitting- meaning carrying both yarns in one hand. That say, today I wanted to share with you what other little gem I observed as I was in the middle of finishing up my double knitted heel.
I noticed that if I was careful to move my wrist and index finger as one unit when “throwing” the yarn (English), my yarns stayed in place, making the purl stitch much easier to complete.
As you can see in the above photo, I have just completed making my knit stitch in red. You will also see that the alternate (black) is to the right, as it should be. Now in order for this to be in the same order when I bring my yarns forward between the needles, I must lift my index finger up and to the left to go around the needle, but at the same time I need to turn my wrist and follow it, instead of just giving the yarn a toss.
In the photo above you can see that not only my finger, but my whole hand is turned toward the left. Now when I come down between the needles the yarn is still in the same place, and ready for me to purl the second half of the double knit by slipping the needle tip between the yarns as I demonstrated in the previous post.
I also tried this using Continental style knitting while carrying both yarns in the left hand. The only difference is that the primary or MC needs to be the one on the bottom. And… in this case you only need to move straight forward between the needles to pick up the back yarn to create your purl. Either way, with practice, the even tension in my double knitting has become very evident.
One more thing- if the pattern requires a change in colors, I reach under the previous MC, to retrieve the new one. In doing it this way, the alternate color falls into its proper position.
It works for me.