One Little, Two Little…

…socks at the same time!

I lied.  I went back to the Wick, because I think there’s nothing like it for pedicure socks.   I’m getting the hang of the pushing and pulling, and really, it isn’t as bad I recall.  Of course, two socks take up more space on a needle than one does, so there might actually be less pushing and pulling when Magic Looping two socks on one needle. 

There’s a shot of the whole set-up.  I thought I’d show my mess, so those of you still trying or contemplating trying two socks at the same time could be inspired.  The yarn on the left is in a sandwich baggie, with one bottom corner cut off, so the yarn can flow through.  That’s sock #1’s yarn, and it rests by my left hip when I’m actually knitting.  The darling “crochet” marker is my visual cue for the start of sock #1. 

The naked skein on the right belongs to sock #2, and rests by my right hip when knitting.   The remains of my long-tail cast-on mark the start of sock #2. 

Since photos are what I think most books lack for two socks at one time, I’m going to share a couple more.

That’s right after finishing a round, which is really a round on each sock.  Note that the stitches are still somewhat on the point on the right, while the point on the left isn’t quite in position to start knitting on sock #1 yet.

Now, I’ve shifted things around so that once I pick the needles back up, a wee nudge and I’ll be ready to knit.  I’ll slide the stuff on the right around until the two socks almost touch,  then I’ll have a nice working length of “naked” cord to receive the freshly knitted stitches.  Personally, I wouldn’t want to do two socks on anything shorter than a 40″ cord.  I’ll have to look back, but that might have been part of my disillusionment with Magic Loop last year; I do believe I did my first sock on a 24″ cord, which required a lot of shoving and pulling, and holding of the hands in awkward positions. 

I hope that helps some of you understand whatever is holding you back from knitting two socks at a time.   After my last attempt on two circs, I somehow knew that Magic Loop was my best bet, and thankfully, it has indeed “clicked” for me this time.  Now, someone distract the Knight while I order all the wee sizes in the Harmonys in 40″ lengths…

While I have your attention, please scoot over and wish Nancy well.  March is off to a rotten start for her, and her poor Reggae is ailing.  I know too well what it’s like to wait on the unknown, fearfully wondering why a beloved pet is sick, and I hope Nancy gets good, treatable news soon!

13 comments on “One Little, Two Little…

  1. anniebananie says:

    First of all, I love the wick! Doesn’t it knit up great?? Second, you MUST teach me to do this! I am a visual person -can’t figure out a thing from books. Please!!!! I’ll buy you lunch at Stix! 🙂

  2. AlisonH says:

    I’ll stick to my porcupine scaffolding style, but someday I want to at least WATCH someone do it that way to get it past the hocuspocus stage for me.

  3. Nancy says:

    I’m impressed by your sock method, but I think I will stick to lace for challenges. Socks don’t want to be knit by me.
    Thank you so much for the well wishes for Reggae a and link to me.

  4. Nichole says:

    more Tutorials by Chan please!
    I have to get around to getting out my Magic Loop booklet and trying it… 2 at once WOULD be nice… and I hear there’s much less chance of the dreaded ladders as with DPNs… hhmm.

  5. Natalie says:

    That looks awesome!! Great visual tutorial. 🙂 Hope you are having a great day.

  6. MrPuffy says:

    Great pics of the process. Like your tips of how you keep straight what sock you are working on. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mary says:

    Great pics, but you know me, I’m lost…lol Can’t get one to Thats some pretty yarn too!

  8. Dianne says:

    I’ve always wanted to try two socks at once, but couldn’t quite get it through my (thick)head how it would work. Your tips and pictures really help. I may have to give it a try one of these days! It would put an end to the second-sock syndrome.

  9. kseelass says:

    Great start. Love the color of this yarn. At this rate you’ll be on an 2nd pair before I have mine finished. I so glad I was an enabler!

  10. So glad the Magic Loop is working for you this time, it’s my best sock-knitting-friend. Oh, and in case you didn’t already find out, KnitPicks circs only come in 32″ lengths, unless you order the Options. Ask me how I know…..:-(

  11. Amanda says:

    I feel like I have smoke coming out of my ears. I just can’t wrap my head around the socks on a circular, never mind 2 at one time! Godspeed, my friend.

  12. Yep! Yarn management is key!!
    You are going to make me CO for some socks now!
    ….which I have been meaning to do 4ever! ;op

    My LL sock yarn been sitting over her for WEEKS in nice 2 balls! Haha!

  13. Anita says:

    Awesome Tutorial! I really am going to have to try this someday….

    Hey, look at that chicken/rooster butt there! 🙂

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