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Easy Color Knitting: Domino Knitting

Sep 3, 2008

Notes from Sandi: One of the things that makes the Modern Quilt Wrap so intriguing and fun to knit is its modular nature--each of those jewel-like sections can be knit all by itself for a great carry-along project. However, the magic of this sort of modular knitting, called "domino" knitting (or "mitered square" knitting) is that you can join the squares as you go! This week, we have one of the experts in domino knitting to share some of the techniques and tricks with us: Vivian Høxbro. Free Pattern: Domino Potholder

Today's post features an excerpt from her book, Domino Knitting, which you can buy online from us, or from your favorite local yarn shop.

Want to experiment with domino knitting? We have a new free pattern for you, excerpted from Domino Knitting--the pretty potholder shown here. The pattern gives you full instructions to get you started on this fun technique. Download the free pattern for the Domino Potholder now!

Vivian Høxbro is an expert in the unusual techniques of both domino knitting and shadow knitting. Purchase her book Domino Knitting to explore modular knitting at its best, or purchase Shadow Knitting to discover how light and dark illusions can bring forth stunning effects in everything you knit!

As always, we encourage you to give your local yarn shop some love--and your business--whenever possible!

Note: This pattern is no longer available for download

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily. As you read this, we've been in Canada for two whole days! I hope I can find my knitting. I hope I can find the kitchen! Talk to you next week about my adventures with the Camisa. Let's see whether I got it done or not.

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boop5212 wrote
on Apr 4, 2015 2:05 PM

I would like this pattern easy color knitting domino knitting polholder


wunder wrote
on Apr 14, 2011 9:45 AM

I watch your program religiously even tho I've been knitting since I was 6 yrs old and am now ???????

I always pick up tips and get want to begin a new project right away.

Unfortunately, when I get on your web site I can never find the pattern for the show I just watched.  Very frustrating.

SunnyL wrote
on Aug 20, 2009 7:36 PM

I downloaded this pattern over a year ago and at first I had a little struggle reading the pattern.  It helped to read it completely through, though.  I've made many of these as gifts because it's absolutely my favorite potholder pattern.  Just takes a little studying....  I've been using Peaches and Cream cotton......

gotony wrote
on Jul 11, 2009 11:37 AM

I am not able to download the domino potholder pattern. I get access denied.

Can you help?

Edna-MayM wrote
on Oct 6, 2008 2:26 PM

  Just home from holidays and have all my knitting dailys to catch up on but want to welcome Sandi to Canada hope you make it out to British Columbia sometime


                    Edna-May Williams  Lake B C

Betty BJ wrote
on Sep 9, 2008 9:15 AM

Welcome to Canada.

As Laurie said, the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters' Fair is this Saturday (Sept 13) - if you're in Ontario, perhaps you can take some time away from unpacking your stash and look at potentially adding a bit to your stash - you could always call it *research*  :)

Also, In October, Toronto has a Creative Festival (I think that's what it's called) - kniting/crocheting/sewing/all tlhings fiber (or most, at least).  It's definitely worth a visit.

Take care,

Betty BJ in GTA Ontario

Bjhf wrote
on Sep 9, 2008 8:34 AM

Welcome to Canada. Sandi.  what the heck city are you in that allows a second house and a goat 'in the city'?

Brenda from Thornbury Ontario

LaurieG@2 wrote
on Sep 9, 2008 4:22 AM

Welcome to Canada Sandi.

Now that you are here perhaps you will be able to take in one of Canada's wonderful knitting venues.  The Waterloo County Knitters' Fair is September 13 at  Bingemans at 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  There are 73 vendors registered this year.

Hope you can join us.


The Black Lamb

Port Hope, Ontario

Kay East wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 10:25 AM

Have started the domino potholder and just love the concept.  I have ordered the book and can not wait for it to arrive.  This is so easy and so fun.  I had a box of cotton "stash" and am able to use it up.  My sister will be the recipient of the potholders and in our old high school colors.

Sandi, Canada is so beautiful.  I have been there several times.  My heart is in Colorado, though where my son, daughter-in-law and family live.  Keep up your excellent writing for Knitting Daily.

Kay in Virginia    

TamaraM wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 9:29 AM

LOVE! the felted stole you are wearing--it's so....Danish!  Very European in it's aesthetic, relatively easy to make, and so funky/cool.  Thanks for another perspective on mitred squares.  

I'd also like to remind everyone of the lovely mitred square heart sachet that is available for free at Knitting Daily.  I knit that up for friends this past Christmas and filled them with lavender--very nice and easy gift, and you really get the hang of it quickly.

Lastly, Sandi, I'm sooooooo jealous of your move to Canada--wish I had some relatives who could take me in.  Enjioy!  --Tamara

Laura@2 wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 8:38 AM

What are the possibilities of  getting a simple Easy Color      

"crochet" Domino.  I know, I know, you can basically do it with equally spaced double, treble, etc. crochet stitches; but I don't think you get the same effect.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

radha wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 1:30 AM

i  look forward to new patterns daily. i am interested in the

magazine knits. i have 1or 2 i don't know how i got them.

are they available here in Australia too? iam pretty sure my daughter would of purchased them for me. please may i know if i bought

items from you would the postage be double and the magazines/

please may i have an estimate price or of knitting books which i had a browse and you have a fantastic collection.

i love this website it is ever so full of exciting items to wish for.

thank you for having me has a member.

JocelynG wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 7:07 PM

I don't have easy access to the Harrisville yarn that Vivian mostly uses in the book.  Can you recommend some substitution ideas?  Love the book!.


AnitaD wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 2:10 PM

When I made the square that alternates garter and st st, the size and shape does not match the garter stitch square. Any suggestions?

AnitaD wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 2:08 PM

Pat, you mentioned wool is heat safe. Which fibers are not heat safe?

MaureenH wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 7:29 AM

I have quare A and B knit. I want to knit C but I can't quite figure out how-the pattern says knit as for B over B. I'm not exactly sure what that means.

PatC@2 wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 5:21 AM

I agree with Paula.  I read over the pattern and studied the diagrams for the domino potholder.  I believe there are errors in the diagrams and the instructions.  There are several disparities among the diagrams and between the diagrams and the written instructions.  Would someone please clarify?  

To KayeL,

I have knit many potholders with wool.  It is a great way to use up the scraps, and it is a 'safe' fiber around the heat.  You just need to remember that they may felt if you wash them.  But that is another benefit of wool; you can purposely felt the potholder and produce a very wonderful, thick, no holes potholder.

Pat C

AnnR wrote
on Sep 4, 2008 7:51 AM

I did a scarf in the domino pattern last winter. It took several tries to get them right, but I finally got it. I love the scarf and get a lot of comments about it. I will definitly try the potholder.


KayeL150 wrote
on Sep 4, 2008 7:50 AM

I'd also like to know if wool yarn can be used for potholders as I have alot of that "in stock".  Does anyone know if it's a fire hazard to use wool as a potholder?  All of the potholder patterns I've seen use cotton, so I always wondered....


Kaye L

ConnieR wrote
on Sep 4, 2008 6:59 AM

Welcome to Canada Sandi.  Hope you enjoy your stay.  Did you by any chance move to Ontario?  Best wishes.

PaulaW wrote
on Sep 4, 2008 5:52 AM

I am feeling rather dumb today.  I read over the domino potholder pattern multiple times and am confused on how the two different pictures for placement of squares A, B C and D work.  One picture/direction shows them in a square configuration and one in an 'L' configuration.  The directions for the 'first panel' have them in an 'L' configuration, but the rest of the directions assume you have the 'square' configuration.     Help!!??


helena wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 11:05 PM


TheodoraZ wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 5:34 PM

Any chance you could let us know what brand yarn was used for the potholder project? The colors are so brilliant - so few cottons with DK weight have that intensity.

Thanks so much.

MaureenH@3 wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 12:18 PM

Welcome to Canada, Sandi.

Maureen Cobourg, ON

MeganMills wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 11:08 AM

Hi Sandi,

Years ago now I wrote an article on mitres (dominoes) and people might be interested in this too.  It is here:

And there is free pattern I designed for an interesting baby jacket included with it.



Nancy@10 wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 10:07 AM

(Re: KnittingDailyTV)

I hope you will continue with a 2nd series.  However, if you do, please improve the camera angles to look over the shoulder of the knitter so we at home can see it as if we were the knitter.  Also, please slow down.  So much seems to be at warp speed in an effort to get more bang for your buck.  Let's have quality over quantity.  Thanks for all the knowledgeable crafters and keep it up.  Looking forward to another bigger/better season.  

Nancy W.

Cincinnati, OH

KatherineH wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 10:04 AM

I've owned a copy of Domino Knitting for years, and love it. One thing that the description in today's blog doesn't make clear: it's not just "you CAN join the squares as you go", but "you DO join the squares as you go". You also knit in the ends as you go, so when you're done a piece, you just give the wrong side a "haircut", darn in the one or two remaining ends, and you're done!

Since the squares are joined in as you work along, I don't know about claiming that all the projects are small -- certainly the gorgeous wrap included in the book wouldn't be small towards the end, although it's well worth making.

If anyone's intrigued by the technique of the pot holder, wait until you see the jackets, shrugs, hats, and household items. The shaping is easy and the items are beautiful.

Marimi wrote
on Sep 3, 2008 9:52 AM

small items are indeed the greater way to learn a new tech, thanks, and we can use some left-overs too, so three advantages, learning something new, don't panic in front of a huge project, and kill some left-overs wonderful