How to knit with two strands of yarn held together

By holding two strands of yarn together, you can take any stitch pattern and make it extra bulky and textural. Don’t forget the amazing squish factor! Knitting with two strands of yarn held together means exactly what is says.

Hold two strands of yarn together, and knit! That’s pretty much it.

If you’re wondering why anyone would do this, then have a look at this.


Make this Easy, Free Scarf Knitting Pattern for a Versatile, Stylish chunky Scarf. This is a great knitting project for beginners


That’s a simple k2p2 knit into a scarf?

Why yes it is. So simple to do, and so cool to wear.

We talked about how to do K2P2 in a previous post. So if you need a refresher, please read this post….which also includes a handy video tutorial. Knitting with a single strand of yarn, it looks like this:

How to make knitting stitch pattern of k2p2 | Knit12 Purl2 rib stitch | How to Knit | What is k2p2 | what is the difference between knit and purl stitches


But going up in needle size (or two) and holding two strands of yarn together?

Why would you do this? Well, it’s a way to take skinnier strands of yarn and make them bigger so you can go up in needle size. Say you want to knit something that calls for DK weight yarn and all you have is fingering. Hold two strands of the fingering weight yarn together and take on that DK weight pattern. Do a gauge swatch first, of course, and get your needle size just right.

The joy of knitting a simple scarf like the one I’m sharing with you in the pictures is that gauge isn’t all that important. You can just cast on 10 or 12 stitches and knit until it’s long enough. It’s also a great excuse to pick up those super fat size 17US or 19US needles you’ve had your eye on.  Knitting with double strands of a bulky weight or super bulky weight yarn on those big needles is really fun! And it makes the chunkiest, trendiest fabric.



Did you ever think holding two strands of yarn together would be SO COOL?

If you have never tried knitting this way, then give it a whirl! I find that my knitting is more intentional, and I’m more relaxed knitting this way. I have to really slow down and pay attention to what I’m doing so I am sure to grab the two strands every stitch. The pattern for the scarf is out next week! I know you will love it, and will want to make a few of these over the fall and winter season.

The pattern is for the shorter version Emma is wearing, but you can add yarn to your heart’s delight and make a long version more suitable for a tall masculine frame like Jason. The beauty of this technique is it makes a knitted accessory that looks great on anyone.

Enjoy the video tutorial for the stitch pattern, and be sure to check back next week for the pattern!



If you are unfamiliar with how to make the knit or purl stitches, please start at the very beginning by learning to Cast on Stitches and then learning the Knit Stitch followed by the Purl stitch. I have a free knitting pattern that will help you learn to knit your first scarf project using all knit stitches. I suggest you start here if all of this is completely new to you. If you have some understanding of knits and purls, that’s great!! I hope this video shows you that by doing something as simple as holding two strands of yarn together, you can make something wearable and stylish! Knitting doesn’t have to be complicated to create fabulous accessories!

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Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.