After I’d finished with my Halloween projects last fall, I finally had time to try something I’d been wanting to learn for a while. You see, I still had never finished the second sock of the pair that I’d started last spring for my middle daughter – yes, the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome. So whether or not I did ever finally get myself to complete that pair, I wanted to learn how to knit two socks at the same time so I wouldn’t have to deal with this ever again.
It made sense to go back to a pattern that I’d already made – the basic Winter Sock from the Magic Loop book. The pattern’s already set up for Magic Loop, and it’s a quick knit since it uses worsted weight yarn. I chose a solid colored yarn so I didn’t have to worry about matching stripes or anything, and got started.
I’d been somewhat intimidated by this whole process, especially the idea of using two balls of yarn at the same time. Having seen several different ideas on how to manage them – everything from using both ends of a single skein, to putting separate balls into individual baggies or bags to keep them from tangling, I thought for a while and then finally just ended up purchasing two separate skeins and doing my best to keep them separated.
I was actually impressed by how easy it was to keep the yarns separated – even considering that I took this project with me when traveling. I just left the skeins in a bag under the seat in front of me and pulled out enough slack to keep working as I went. Easy-peasy!
As always, YouTube was my friend on this entire process, and I got some additional help from other sites as well. Once I got the socks cast-on, the actual process was easy to pick up – my biggest hurdle came when I had to figure out in what order and how to pick up the stitches along the insteps and get everything situated from the back-and-forth of the heel flaps and turnings to circular knitting again. That part was the hardest to figure out and I didn’t quite do it right – I finally gave up as I got close to the toe decreases and simple resituated everything by using some stitch holders to move the stitches to where they were supposed to be.
Here are the videos and sites that I found especially helpful – one of these days I want to get back into doing videos again so that I can make left-handed versions of how to do a lot of these projects. Having to turn everything around in my head just adds a whole extra level of difficulty when learning something new!
- Top-Down Socks, Two-At-A-Time from KnitFreedom
- Magic Loop 2-at-a-time Tutorial Part 1 and Magic Loop 2-at-a-time Tutorial Part 2–the heel from Knitting Giraffe
- Knitting two socks on the Magic Loop from KnitAddicted
- Cuff Down Socks Two At A Time video
- Two-at-a-Time Top-Down Socks – Final Heel Steps video
It was so nice to finish the project and not have the second sock looming out in front of me! And these two are identical – even down to the row near the top of the cuff where I accidentally messed up slightly on the pattern. I didn’t have to try to remember how long I made each sock or compare to make sure they’d end up the same size – all of that worked out perfectly. And these are nice warm, cozy socks for me to wear this winter too!
I think I’m still in my sock obsession – they’re a small, portable project that’s a fairly quick knit and there’s a lot of variety in patterns. Plus they’re extremely practical. I don’t foresee knitting all of my socks from now on, but it’s fun to have three pairs that I’ve now knit for myself.
And more to come, I’m sure.