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crazykntter83
02-03-2011, 10:27 PM
I'm just about finished with my first sock on dpns. I'm working on the the gusset. All that I have left to do is the toes and I'm done. From what I've seen of the rest of the pattern, it doesn't seem like it's going to be hard at all. I'm just wondering, exactly how hard would ya'll say the two toe up socks on one circular is? I'm curious to try it because I know that as it is, it'll probably be hard for me to go ahead and get the second sock done on my dpns. I guess I'm just wondering for future reference. Thanks guys!!! :muah:

Jan in CA
02-03-2011, 11:10 PM
I've considered trying it, but having two skeins of yarn connected to it seems like a pain and it certainly wouldn't be as portable... or so it seems to me. Nice to have them both done at the same time though.

The thing I do normally is I do two at once just with separate needles.

WandaT
02-04-2011, 10:21 AM
I bought the book by Melissa Morgan-Oaks last year and did a sample pair. It's MUCH eaiser (for me anyway) than the two at a time cuff down. This is gonna be one of my next projects to CO.

kmaclean
02-04-2011, 10:37 AM
I bought the book by Melissa Morgan-Oaks last year and did a sample pair.


How did you like this book, Wanda (or anyone else too!)? I've been looking at it and wanting to try it out .... Like Jan mentioned, it's having the two balls of yarn going at one time thing that's intimidating me a little. Was the book helpful in terms of instruction/tips?

Thanks! :muah:

kellyh57
02-04-2011, 11:36 AM
I do two at a time, toe-up all the time! It's my favorite method! I used a knitpicks tutorial (http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/pattern_display.cfm?ID=50631220) to get started. (I did Judy's Magic Cast-On for the beginning though.) It's free so if you decide you don't like it, you're not out anything! I did use a stitch pattern in mine too. I hate all that ribbing or stockinette! It is harder to find toe-up patterns though. You can convert a pattern, but you have to have a little experience before you can tackle that. There's a lot of popular patterns that have been converted out there too. Good luck and have fun!

crazykntter83
02-04-2011, 11:45 AM
Yeah, I saw that knitpicks had a tutorial on it. I haven't gotten a chance to give it a real close look, though. I'll have to go through it more thoroughly today.

WandaT
02-04-2011, 01:25 PM
How did you like this book, Wanda (or anyone else too!)? I've been looking at it and wanting to try it out .... Like Jan mentioned, it's having the two balls of yarn going at one time thing that's intimidating me a little. Was the book helpful in terms of instruction/tips?

I really like the book and the pictures and instructions were pretty easy to follow. I did the Judy's Magic Cast On too. Honestly can't remember the cast on she recommends in the book. Been a while since I've picked it up.

kmaclean
02-04-2011, 01:32 PM
I really like the book and the pictures and instructions were pretty easy to follow. I did the Judy's Magic Cast On too. Honestly can't remember the cast on she recommends in the book. Been a while since I've picked it up.


Thanks for sharing your opinion on it! :muah:

I have also (briefly) checked out some other videos on Judy's Magic Cast On and on toe up socks in general, so maybe I'll eventually be able to tackle it using a combination of these resources! :teehee:

Jaxhil
02-05-2011, 02:09 PM
I like the two-toe up on one circ method as well-I made a pair using Silver's Sock Tutorial for free on line (at least it was free at the time) and found the instructions to be excellent. (thanks Silver!!) .I also have the Two At a Time book by Melissa Morgan-Oaks, that is, her first one which is top down on 2 circs. It's been awhile since I looked at it but I love the patterns in it and she even has a Ravelry Group for the book. Maybe she has one for her newer Toe-Up Two at a Time book as well. I may go check that out myself, as I too have been wondering if I should get this book!

At any rate, to answer your question, CK83, I did find it easy and fun! I would definitely give it a go-and just to note, I used two balls of yarn (one for each sock) in two ziploc bags to keep from getting tangled. Good luck!

crazykntter83
02-05-2011, 03:26 PM
Thanks Hilary. I'm seriously considering giving it a try. I saw in the pictures on Silver's Sock Tutorial that she had the yarn in two ziplock baggies. Seems like a wise idea to me.
Do ya'll think that I should go ahead and try two toe up socks at once, or should I go ahead and do one toe up sock first? Any advice would be appreciated!! Thanks for all the help guys! You're the best!! :muah: :muah: :muah: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Jaxhil
02-05-2011, 05:11 PM
Well, if you're *really* nervous about two at a time, go ahead and start with one. But I didn't have any trouble with two, especially after the casting on for the toes~and it was only my second pair of socks, ever. I think you could do it, no problem; I would just make sure to start them when you have plenty of time and no distractions. Once you get past the cast on it really is pretty simple, especially for a basic sock.

So I say go for it, you can do it!! :woohoo::p

Woodi
02-05-2011, 06:26 PM
I do what Jan does - knit two socks at a time, on two sets of dp needles. This avoids the dreaded 'second sock syndrome'.

So: I knit both cuffs first, then the heel (on both, so I don't forget the technique), then the rest of foot. I cast off both toes at the same time too, so I don't forget how to do kitchener stitch.

But if you do it your way, I'd love to hear your results, and how you like doing it. Thanks for sharing the video links - looks great!

crazykntter83
02-06-2011, 10:13 PM
I've decided that I'm going to try to make the two toe up socks at once. I'm gonna make my Mom some socks, because her and my aunt are coming to see me next month. I'm about to order some yarn for the socks, and a cable. I'm just wondering, what size cable would ya'll recommend. On Silver's Sock Class, it says that you should at least have a 40" cable, but I'm wondering if ya'll would recommend bigger or what? Also, I'm wondering if it'll matter too much if I go ahead and get sock yarn, rather than worsted weight, which she recommends. Thank you so much for all of your help, I really appreciate it!! I don't have any knitters around here other than ya'll that I can go to advice for, so I really appreciate having this community to turn to. :) Ya'll are the best!!!! :yay: :muah: :hug:

Jaxhil
02-07-2011, 08:18 PM
Glad you are going to give it a go! I used worsted for SSClass, with a 40" cable (I'm pretty sure, its been awhile!) and it was plenty long enough for me. I used KP washable wool, which, BTW, did felt and shrink a bit and made for tight socks. And now sadly apparently some silly M*THS got to them and they are sporting a large hole on the heel of one-aargh! Sigh...But enough of my sad tale, lol!

If you are going to use sock yarn it will make a great pair of socks, but you'll have to do some math to get the gauge right. You would need a lot more stitches per inch, and I've always heard it recommended that you need to check gauge using this same method you'll use for knitting the actual item~in this case magic loop. I apologize if I am stating the obvious, I don't know exactly how long you've been knitting so I just don't want to leave anything important out :)

Good luck! I'd love to see your progress once you get going!

lori1551
02-11-2011, 03:51 PM
I am making my 1st pair of toe up socks too... I am using Liats Video's on You Tube... she recommends 47" needles...

She has lots of great easy to understand video's... Has helped me out a lot... also has a website with a new book... (not for experienced knitters,, but fantastic for new knitters)... Her website is KnitFreedom.com

Ellieblue
02-11-2011, 04:25 PM
I have used both Judy's cast on and Silvers but have a hard time getting my needle into the back row of stitches. Now I cast on using the backward loop for the first row of sts then not turning the needle I reach between the stitches with a crochet hook and pick up the other row of sts that way. Usually I cast on one extra st because it is hard to pick up that last st with the hook. Then just transfer all the sts on the crochet hook to a needle, k across , devide the sts evenly and you are good to go.

crazykntter83
02-11-2011, 06:35 PM
Ok thanks for the advice guys. :) I've decided that I'm going to go ahead and use worsted weight yarn for the toe up socks, because I can't afford to get sock yarn right now. :( But I do have plenty of worsted in my stash, so I might as well put it to good use!!