I love knitting socks, but I find that knitting them on 2 circulars and at the same time is by far and away my favorite way to do it. I wanted to share how to do it for those of you having trouble getting started.
Step 1 - The cast on of course. If you are doing Toe - Up look HERE. If you are doing ankle down look HERE and HERE. The link above is how I learned to do the magic seamless cast on for toe up socks. If you have 2 balls of yarn just wrap into 2 balls. If you have one ball, weigh it and split in half when you wrap the balls.
Step 2 - The set up: When you cast on for the first sock, immediately cast on for the second.
Step 3 - Working the rows: One set of needles will always be hanging. You are always working the front needle - while the back needle rests. If you notice in the photo (to the left) that I have both socks pushed up on the 'Left' needle and my working 'Right' needle is getting into place to knit the first sock. In the photo to the right I am working on the first sock and you will notice as you work the sock you are making a circle of the front needle and the back needle still hangs. In the photo below I have almost finished with the first sock and will be moving onto the next sock. Notice the resting needles that I am holding in my left hand.
Step 3 - The Second Sock: Same as the first, just make sure to use the yarn for the second sock. You are always working the same row on both socks.
Step 4 - Once you get the hang of these the pattern directions will talk you through the rest.
Here is a better picture of how the needles look while you are working. Notice the hanging circular to the back and the working needles in front. The great thing about knitting on 2 circulars and knitting 2 socks at the same time - you will have 2 socks completed when you are done. No second sock syndrome.Happy Knitting - I am happy to help if you have any further questions.