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I can't stop thinking about Domino Knitting!

Mar 28, 2012
   
Knit a Domino Square Potholder in just
one evening! (Patterns from Domino Knitting by
Vivian Høxbro)



Ever since I watched the Knitting Daily Workshop, Domino Knitting with Vivian Høxbro, I've gotten really interested in learning how to knit mitered squares and figuring out how to put them together to make more things.

Vivian is the queen of what she calls "domino knitting," aptly named because the squares fit together like dominoes to make all kinds of knitted objects. And everything starts with one simple square!

My interest started in earnest when I first featured domino knitting in January, and I've been thinking about it on and off ever since. I figured I'd do something small to get me going and I found the simple potholder pattern in Vivian's book, Domino Knitting. It's knitted with just one square, and it's a large one so you really get the feel for the process.

Instructions for knitting smaller square are below right; the potholder has more stitches, but the technique is the same.

Domino Square Potholder

Measurements: 7.5" x 7.5" (19 x 19 cm) without border, 8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm) with border
Yarn: DK weight cotton yarn
Colors: Purple, fuchsia, and violet.
Needles: Dn 4 (3.5 mm). Circular needle 4 (3.5 mm) for the border.

Abbreviations
K-CO: knitted cast-on
dn: domino needle (see sidebar below)

     How to Knit a Basic Domino Square

Using the knitted cast-on, CO 25 stitches.
Row 1 (WS):
Knit to the last st, p1. Mark the center three stitches.
Row 2 (RS):
(Note: The yarn tail hangs at the right side.) Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (=k10), sl 1 kwise, k2tog, psso, knit to the last st (= 10sts), p1 (=23 sts).
Row 3 and all WS rows:
Sl 1 kwise, knit to last st, end p1.
Row 4:
Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (= k9), sl 1, k2tog, psso, knit to last st (= k9), end p1 (= 21 sts).
Row 6:
Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (= k89), sl 1, k2tog, psso, knit to last st (= k8), end p1 (= 19 sts).
Row 8:
Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts (= k7), sl 1, k2tog, psso, knit to last st (= k7), end p1 (= 17 sts).

Continue in this manner until 3 sts remain.


Next row (WS):
Sl 1 kwise, k1, p1.
Next row:
Sl 1, k2tog, psso (= 1st) This is a live stitch that you will use when you knit the next square.
K-CO 75 stitch on dn and knit a square (see instructions above) with 9 purple ridges, 1 fuchsia, 1 purple, 10 fuchsia, 1 violet, 1 fuchsia, ridge and the rest with violet. When 3 stitches remain, knit a 2¾" (7 cm) long strip for the loop. Turn the loop to the wrong side and sew it down neatly.

Knitted "Mouse Teeth" Picot
With circular needle, purple yarn, and right side facing, pick up and knit 75-76 stitches in the stitches of the CO row. Knit 1 row.
   New row: *Using the first stitch on the needle as the beginning stitch, K-CO 2 new stitches, BO 4 stitches, move the stitches on the right needle to the left needle*; repeat *-*. Cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.

Domino Needles (Dn)
According to Vivian Høxbro, "A pair of domino needles is absolutely indispensable. The needles are only about 8" (20 cm) long, with a knob on one end so that the needle ends won't get stuck in your clothes or your knitting."

I agree, knitting small pieces is easier if you use short needles! You can buy short needles if you want to, or simply place a point protector on a pair of double-pointed needles and use those. Double-pointed, bouble-duty! When you need to return the needles to their set, just take the point protectors off and you're good to go. I use DPNs all the time when I'm knitting scarves or baby clothes.

You could also use circular needles; I'd recommend 24-inch-long needles because 16-inch circulars are too short to comfortably work with and a cable longer than 24 inches can be awkward when you're turning your work all the time.

Another reason that short needles are great in this type of knitting is because you use less movement when you're turning the work, which is a good thing and helps avoid repetitive motion injuries.

I hope you'll try this fun, quick, and useful project, and then go deeper into how to knit the domino technique with Vivian's DVD workshop Domino Knitting with Vivian Høxbro; it's on sale, too!

Cheers,


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KimW@2 wrote
on Apr 1, 2012 7:54 AM

I love mitered knitting!

I'm currently working on a mitered afghan project I found in a back issue of Creative Knitting (Nov. 2007) after seeing and reading about the process in another publication.

I'm using different yarn, and because the color changes occur more quickly with it, the same effect is not achieved. Therefore I decided to alternate rows of multi-colored squares with rows of randomly ordered coordinating solid colors.  To view it, you need a subscription to CN, but here's a link to a blog of a woman who completed the project and included a few tips to make the process a bit easier:

audknits.com/.../make-it-mitered-afghan

I believe she uses the same yarn, just a different color scheme than the one pictured in the original CN article.

on Mar 31, 2012 8:33 PM

this is exactly like Number Knitting,  The New All-Way Stretch Method published in 1952 and patented by Virginia Woods Bellamy.

LyndaC wrote
on Mar 31, 2012 11:07 AM

DEBBIE2070: You're doing a centered double decrease. The pattern says: Sl 1 kwise, knit to marker before center 3 sts , sl 1 kwise, k2tog, psso, knit to the last st, p1.  

When you come to the marker, SLIP IT to the right hand needle. Now do your slip-knit-pass. That's a centered double decrease and you've changed what was three stitches into one stitch.

It may appear, at first, that all the decrease is occurring on one side, but after you've done a dozen or so rows, you can smooth the work out on a flat surface and you should see the diamond shape emerging.

This is a fun technique, so keep trying!

debbie2070 wrote
on Mar 30, 2012 12:51 PM

Trying the domino square pattern above, but my square is not decreasing right. After the sl 1 knitwise, knit 2 tog, and psso at the marker, do you do this again on the other side of marker? my second side is not decreasing.  Or do you sl 1 knitwise at the beginning of the right side row and then do a psso? I know i'm reading something wrong!

CeceliaJ wrote
on Mar 29, 2012 2:00 PM

hard to read with cast on info squashed on left margin

CGJ wrote
on Mar 28, 2012 12:24 PM

There is no need to turn your work, knit back. It is easier on your hands, specially if you trow your yarn. I knit continental, do not trow at all. I just learn to knit back and love it. Not as fast, but practice, practice and I will be getting there.

kwilneff wrote
on Mar 28, 2012 11:22 AM

I used domino squares to make the ruana shown on the cover of interweave crochet last year - worked very well.