Knitting With Multiple Strands Of Yarn Easily

Knitting with multiple strands of yarn is a great way to use up the yarn you might already have to create unique colorways with texture. I love how you can make these deliciously thick stitches with a mixture of colors that is so beautiful!

I love making and sharing simple Knitted Blanket Patterns and today I will walk you through the steps of knitting with multiple strands of yarn which is often referred to as double stranded knitting. As you see how this blanket comes together in this post, many questions will pop in your mind, and I am going to try and answer those questions at the bottom of this post.

If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment to let me know.

Blanket using 4 strands of yarn

Supplies used in this project

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I pulled out a bunch of yarns from my collection- some textured bulky yarns and a couple of regular yarns for this blanket. Mostly medium worsted yarns and a large knitting needle – size 19/15mmYou will also need a pair of scissors,  and a tapestry needle or crochet hook.


Unlike my previous blankets Garter Stitch Blanket, That Is Easy To Make or Easy Stockinette Stitch Knit Throw That Won’t Curl this blanket is knit in smaller blocks that require straight needles only.

No Circular Knitting Needles = Perfect for Beginner Knitters.  

knitting with multiple strands of yarn

To make each block, cast on 20 stitches on a size 19 needle holding four different yarns together as one.  

Work in Stockinette stitch on these stitches – Knit one row then purl the next one

4 Strand knitting Stash Buster
lion brand 19 needles

Knit and cast off each block when it reaches 12 inches long. Repeat the process and make 20 such blocks. Each block measures about 12 by 14 inches.

Knitting with big needles

Once you have knit all 20 blocks, lay them out and arrange them to distribute the color variation. Sew or crochet the blocks together to form a blanket.  

Knit squares

This is a great blanket to use up all of the random balls of yarn you have accumulated. If I ran out of a particular color of yarn in the middle of a block, I simply continued the block in a new color.  

All done!

Tada! The finished blanket is huge and so comfy. The big needle size makes a nice warm blanket that is winter wonderful. If you enjoyed this tutorial please share it with your knitting friends on social media!

Click here to download a printable version of this Pattern

Knitting with strands of yarn
knitting yarn stash

FAQS knitting with multiple strands of yarn:

How do you knit with multiple strands? What is double stranded knitting?

Double Stranded Knitting is done holding two two strands of yarn together as one. You can use this same logic to hold as many strands of different yarns together.


What size needle for double knitting yarn?

Every yarn skein comes with a recommended needle size suggestion on its label. But what do you do when you are knitting with multiple strands of yarn? You will need to figure out which needle size works the best.

Start by doubling your needle size– so if the yarn skein recommends a 5mm needle, try using a 10mm needle for two strands or a 15mm for 3 to 4 strands of yarn

Create a small swatch of fabric with the needle size you choose or have. Here is how I move forward once I have the swatch-

  • If the swatch fabric feels too thick and stiff- the needle size is too small
  • If the swatch fabric feels too thin and the stitches are loose or full of holes- the needle size is too big
  • If the swatch fabric feels and looks good- that is the right size needle to use!

Does 2 strands of double knit make chunky?

Yes! I love using 2 strands of medium 4 worsted yarn to create a chunky feel. This is also a great way to inexpensive yarns to create a luxurious look easily. I have held 2 strands of yarn in all of these previous blanket patterns: Garter Stitch Blanket, Easy Stockinette Stitch Knit Throw That Won’t Curl, and Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern

Knitting using Two Strands of yarn together
Knit using double stranded wool

Can you knit with 3 strands?

Yes! You will need to adjust the needle size accordingly like I show in my Bulky Knit Blanket Using 3 Strands of Yarn Pattern.


How do you use two strands of yarn from the same skein?

Each skein of yarn has one end on the outside, but if you pinch your fingers into the center of the skein you can pull out the the other end of the skein. This way you will have two ends of the same skein and can hold those two together to knit.

How do you keep yarn from twisting when knitting with two strands?

To keep the working yarn skeins from tangling up, first I like to start my skein from the middle! This means that the yarn comes out of the skein easily and you don’t have to twist the yarn skein.

Next, place each set of yarn into a drawstring bag of its own and close the bag top. This will keep each color from tangling up too much! You can also use plastic ziploc bags or small plastic containers to keep the yarn skeins seperate.

Seen below is my Simple Knit Striped Scarf Pattern Using Paintbox Yarn

‘ll show you how to use a large needle and 4 strands of yarn held together to knit a quick cozy blanket for your home

Knitting with four strands of yarn is fast and fun! For me, knitting is the perfect craft to keep my fingers busy while watching some TV. This knitted blanket pattern works up easily and you can mix and match yarns from your stash to finish it up.


Thank you for being here today and spending some creative time with my friends! I’m so thankful for your kind words and support.

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  1. Hi, I was wondering how much yarn is needed in yards to complete this blanket? Thank you

    • Hi Kimberly! Unfortunately I don’t know the exact amount of yarn I used to make this blanket. I made it a while back, and I’m pretty sure I used up all the yarn I have photographed here plus some more.

    • You are right, it wasnt working. I have no clue what happened there. I have fixed it now at my end, can you pls check and see if it is working now? Thank you so much!

    • Of course!! You would probably need to adjust the number of strands you will need, but a smaller needle would work fine too.

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