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Step-by-Step Domino Knitting Tutorial

Sep 5, 2008

Notes from Sandi: Today, continuing our series on domino knitting, we have a post from Vivian Høxbro sharing more tips and tricks for this fun technique. Vivian is the author of the new Interweave book on domino knitting, Knit to Be Square, which you can order from our website.

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I am honored to be asked to write a blog for Knitting Daily. As I use to say I am writing in Baby-English. Believe me - I am better in Danish. But I need to say since I started teaching in the U.S. I have learned so much - thank you, thank you Everybody for being so patient with me and for letting me learn your language. I can now read books in English and actually I delivered Knit to be Square, my newest book, in English and the editor Ann Budd understood it all.

Share my passion!
I am so happy that Knit to be Square is now available, and I really, really hope you will like it. Domino knitting is my passion—I will never get tired of knitting squares and putting them together without sewing, and I love the play with colors. I really hope you will share my passion with me. Yes, I know—many of you are already bitten by the domino-virus and are happily knitting along!

Domino Squares in Blocks
Knit to be Square is mainly smaller projects. They start from blocks of squares. One block and two blocks are flat, two blocks can furthermore be joined to a pouch. Three blocks will sort of shape a pyramid and four blocks create a flat, large block. These joined blocks make bases for caps, tote bags, tea cozies, etc. The idea is that you, of course, can work flat, but you can also knit dominos sculptural and create useful and fun things that you can use every day or give away as gifts.

Domino for Lazy Knitters
My favorite is the last chapter of the book with the squares with holes in them. I call it “Domino Knitting for Lazy Knitters”—as you begin a square and you do not finish it—in that way you create an unfinished square. You can join those squares—using a few tricks that you can see in the book—but you can catch a glimpse in the following.

How to Join the Unfinished Squares

kasBegin as if you are going to knit a usual domino square (let’s say 31 sts) and BO before the square is completed (here after 6 garter ridges on RS). Then you need some gymnastics to go further to the next square. Leave the last st on the needle (it is the end st).
knit to  be squareHold the square with the end-st on top and RS facing. Now Knit-CO 9 new sts (10 sts on right needle), then knit these 10 sts, then pick up and knit (pick-knit) 5 sts along the upper side of the previous square (1 st after each garter ridge), go “around the corner” of the left side of the same square and pick-knit 1 st in the nearest CO-loop.
knit to  be squareNow place the needle in your left hand and knit-CO 15 more sts. You will now have 31 sts again ready for another incomplete square.

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In that way you can make the most stunning projects, and if you damage it in your washing machine afterwards (read: felt) nobody can see what you have done.

When I am wearing the stole on my black outfit—I really look like a million. (See first picture in this blog)

Do enjoy your knitting!

All my best,
Vivian Høxbro


Vivian Høxbro is an expert in the unusual techniques of both domino knitting and shadow knitting. Purchase Vivian's new book Knit to Be Square or purchase Shadow Knitting to discover how light and dark illusions can bring forth stunning effects in everything you knit!

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caroltyoung wrote
on Aug 21, 2013 10:15 AM

Are there supposed to be photos to help explain?

on Nov 22, 2012 1:28 PM

pictures in this tut do not show up

eason wrote
on Aug 26, 2009 10:47 AM

Yep me too. "Access Denied" after going through all the registration stuff. Frustrating.

on Aug 24, 2009 8:09 PM

i also am locked out of  the domino free potholder pattern any ideas how to download this wood be very much appreciated  i am not able to attend any of the classes  offered becasue of my work schedule and am very much intrigued by the pattern  PLEASE help!!!!!!!

Den ise wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 4:01 PM

I tried to download the free domino potholder pattern and after entering my email address and password received an 'access denied' message - but no reason. Please help.  I've ordered, and am now waiting for delivery of, the domino pattern book so would  like this practise-time....  Thank you, Denise

FiberMusings wrote
on Jul 1, 2009 11:48 AM

I get an Access Denied message when I try to access the free Domino Potholder pattern. Is it broken?

DixieS wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 3:50 PM

Is a pick-knit different than just picking up a stitch?? Is so how do you do it.



LisaH wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 7:16 AM

I am confused by the last picture (the one with three shapes joined together).  They seem to be joined a different way than the tutorial shows-so I am not sure why that photo is there.  Am I correct?

If so, I'd like to see a photo of how they actually look when joined in the way the tutorial shows.



on Sep 9, 2008 8:43 PM

What a cool idea!

on Sep 6, 2008 9:55 AM

I've had Vivian's book for years and finally tried out the stitches one night. I think this is a great design element that has yet to be explored fully! Maybe we need a challenge for folks to try it out that uses the technique creatively.


esteline wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 4:59 AM

I am some what new to knitting but i love to learn new things.I am looking forward to trying Domino Knitting. Thank-you Esteline.

Marimi wrote
on Sep 5, 2008 2:07 PM

interesting tuto thanks