Everything You Need To Know About Reverse Knitting

Reverse knitting

Reverse knitting is a fun way to create a fabric with the look of knitting but on the opposite side of the fabric. The result is a fabric that looks like a stockinette stitch on one side, but when you flip it over, it’s smooth and flat. This can be done using two colors or alternating colors within each row (or round). For this project, you can use any type of yarn: thick or thin, textured or smooth. In this post, we’ll give you everything you need to know about reverse knitting—from how it works to how much yarn you need in order to make hats and mittens from this technique!

What is reverse knitting?

Reverse knitting is a method of knitting in the opposite direction. It can be used to create fun and colorful designs, as well as add texture to your projects. You can do this with one color or many colors; it’s up to you!

Reverse knitting does not have its own stitch pattern, but rather it uses standard stitches (e.g., knit stitch). The difference between reverse and regular knitting is that when you turn your work over it should look like a stockinette on both sides rather than just one side being seen from the front side of your project.

How does reverse knitting work?

Reverse knitting is a form of double knitting. The front and back of the fabric are knitted at the same time but in opposite directions. This creates two identical layers of stockinette stitch with no seams on either side that look like mirror images of each other.

The result is a reversible fabric with double thickness: one side looks like a stockinette stitch, and the other side looks like a reverse stockinette stitch. You can see how this would be useful for garments where both sides need to look good (like sweaters) or when working with bulky yarns where you want extra warmth from your garment (like scarves).

Is it a form of yarn play?

Reverse knitting is a form of yarn play, and it’s a fun way to learn new skills. Yarn play is a term that describes the art of working with yarn in a way that is not traditional. It can be an adjective or noun, but either way, it means you’re doing something different than what people have done for centuries before.

In this case, reverse knitting involves using one needle instead of two (the same kind of needle used for normal knitting). The resulting fabric has its own unique look and feels. You can see through it like lace because there aren’t any holes created by working back and forth across stitches on multiple needles; each stitch sits on its own little tube!

Can you only do this with one color?

Yes, you can only do this with one color. If you want to use two colors, you’ll have to change colors in every row. If you want to use three or more colors, then again. You will have to change colors in every row!

Is reverse knitting stretchy and elastic?

Yes, reverse knitting is stretchy and elastic. In fact, it’s a form of yarn play that helps you create reversible fabric with lots of stretches. This technique can be used to make hats, mittens, and socks. Even boot cuffs!

How much yarn do you need to make a hat or mittens with reverse knitting?

The amount of yarn you need for any given project will depend on how big the project is. If you’re making a hat or mittens, for example, and want them to be the same size as those in our pattern library (which are all listed below), then they’ll take between 35g/100m and 45g/110m of DK weight yarn (see “Yarn weight chart“).

However! You can use any weight of yarn to make a reverse-knit item. Just remember that if your gauge is different than what’s recommended in our patterns, then it may affect how many stitches are on your needles when working from right to left instead of left to right. This will also change the final size of your finished piece since we recommend using double-pointed needles when working with heavy fabrics like woolen tweeds or chunky alpaca blends (see “How do I choose my needle size?”).

The good news is that even though reverse knitting requires some practice before getting comfortable with its unique techniques and patterns, once mastered, it’s an extremely versatile technique that allows for endless possibilities when designing new projects. And there aren’t many other ways out there where this much freedom exists within such a simple structure!


We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning about reverse knitting! If you want to try this technique out for yourself, we recommend starting with a simple hat or mittens pattern. We have some great ones on our Magic Knitting website!