Thursday, February 28, 2008

Knitting Socks: On 2 Circulars

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.

4 comments:

chanknits said...

Thank you. I think I'm going to toss the book aside and try toe-up, since that's my favorite method...

Bertha said...

I'm definitely going to try this soon! Thanks for the tips!!!

Bubblesknits said...

Thanks girl! Your explanation makes much more sense to me!

zebraknits said...

This is helpful. I have not learned how to do it yet but now I will. I am sure it eliminates the second sock syndrome....