Double Knitted Animal Squares

I made the ladybird square just to try and teach myself to double knit, it took a few rows before I got into the hang of changing colours (as can be seen in the bottom of the ladybird square) but after that it was pretty easy. Once I’d done one, a friend gave me the idea of knitting more animal print squares and making a blanket. So far I have made these six and am half way through a tiger. The blanket may be a long way off but the squares could always be used as coasters or trivets.

Double Knitting

Double knitting is when two yarns are knitted at the same time creating a stocking stitch appearance on both sides of the fabric. If using two different coloured yarns the colours will be reversed on each side. The hardest parts are the cast on and changing colours.

How to do a double cast on.

Pattern for double knitted squares

For a 6 inch square

Cast 62 stitches onto size 4 needles, alternating yarn A and Yarn B using the long tail method.

1st row  *K1 with yarn A (pass both yarns under needle), P1 with Yarn B (pass both yarns under needle)* repeat.

2nd row *K1 with yarn B (pass both yarns under needle), P1 with Yarn A (pass both yarns under needle)* repeat.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 37 rows.

Cast off.

Animal Print Squares

To knit the square with an animal print pattern, choose a chart and cast on in the same way as above.

When following the chart each coloured square represents two stitches, the yarn that you knit will be the colour that shows on the front of your work, the colour that you pearl will show on the back.

For example if you were following the tiger chart…..

… working from the bottom right hand side of the chart your first row would be:

K1 Orange, P1 Black, *K1 black, P1 Orange* Repeat 5 times, *K1 Orange, P1 Black* Repeat 8 times, *K1 Black, P1 orange* Repeat 4 times, *K1 Orange, P1 Black* Repeat 5 times, *K1 Black, P1 Orange* Repeat 7 times.

When working from left to right in the chart you are knitting the reverse side and the colours need to be reversed, so row two would be:

*K1 Orange, P1 Black* Repeat 6 times, *K1 Black, P1 Orange* Repeat 6 times, *K1 Orange, P1 Black* Repeat 2 times, *K1 Black, P1 Orange* Repeat 9 times, *K1 Orange, P1 Black* Repeat 4 times, *K1 Black, P1 Orange* Repeat 3 times.

Because you are reversing colours each row, using the chart can become complicated so it’s best to start out with an easy one like the crocodile.

4 Responses to Double Knitted Animal Squares

  1. Thank you for the animal print patterns! They are so hard to find. You did a wonderful job with all the patterns.

    • Thanks Christine, I was trying to find animal patterns myself but wasn’t happy with anything I searched for so decided to make my own!

  2. I love the zebra print pattern any chance you have this in a pattern for a knitted zebra adult hat (beanie)?

    • Hi Jacque,
      I’m glad you like the zebra chart. I don’t have a specific pattern for a beanie hat in the zebra print but this is what I would do to make one:

      Cast on 90 stitches onto 4mm needles (DPNs or circular), join for knitting in the round.
      Round 1: K2, P2
      Repeat round 1 until knitting measures 2 inches
      Switch to stockinette to knit chart using Fair Isle technique
      The chart is 30 stitches long so you will need to repeat it 3 times each row (the seams will match up to create a continuous pattern)

      When the hat measures around 5.5 inches begin decreases (you may want to alter these slightly to make sure decreases fall in a block of black or white and don’t disrupt the pattern.)

      Round 1: K15, K2tog
      Round 2: Knit all
      Round 3: K12, K2tog
      Round 4: Knit all
      Continue decreasing until there are 24 stitches left on the needle.
      Knit all
      Next three rounds decrease every row.
      When there are 6 stitches left pull the wool through the remaining stitches and finish off!

      I hope that works out for you, please note that this pattern is off the top of my head this morning and hasn’t been tested, this is just what I would do if I wanted to give the zebra beanie hat a go. If you do try it, let me know how it goes 🙂

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