Double Those Yarn Strands to Finish Knitting Projects Faster

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Snuggly Chunky Baby Blanket knitting pattern

SNUGGLY CHUNKY CABLE BLANKET

There’s nothing like a chunky, snuggly blanket when you’re chilly. Double strands make this blanket even cozier — and faster! It’s knit with two strands of chunky yarn held together. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it works up.

Secrecy Cardigan knitting pattern

SECRECY CARDIGAN

This cardigan has two things going for it: it’s knit top down and it’s seamless. You’ll use lace-weight yarn, but with two strands of the yarn held together, it will work up much faster than a usual lace-weight project. You can even try it on as you knit. It’s just one of the advantages of top-down knitting.

QUICK TIP FOR BEGINNERS: KNITTING DOUBLE-STRANDED WITH ONE SKEIN

The first double-stranded pattern I ever worked on was a small tote bag that only required one skein of yarn. Clueless, I rolled roughly half the skein into a ball and cut it to create two balls of yarn that I could hold together at the same time. Of course I didn’t estimate the exact halfway point, so I ran out of one skein before I finished the project. Oops!

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