View Full Version : just curious...sock question

03-13-2006, 11:17 AM
I am contemplating socks...not as my next project but for the one that follows (as a mother's day gift for my mom and my mil)....I already read posts about socks even though I've never knitted any b/c it's really the whole reason I got interested to begin with...so here's my question:

When you say you'd like to knit socks at the same time, what exactly do you mean (or sweater sleeves...I've seen it used there too). Is there a way to knit two items in the round or on dpns at one time or are you referring to knitting a section of one, followed by the same section of the other, and so on and so forth...???

Thanks in advance for your help!

03-13-2006, 11:21 AM
Could someone move this--I posted in the wrong section by mistake....sorry!!!! I meant to put it under general...:(

03-13-2006, 11:25 AM
A lot of people knit two socks on two circs -- the are literally side by side on the circs, and have two balls of yarn attached. So you knit the front of the first sock, then the front of the second, then turn the work and knit the back of the second, then the back of the first, and so on. (This will probably make more sense if you're already familiar with knitting on 2 circs)

I'm sure there are people who knit on two sets of DPNs too, just so they finish both socks around the same time. Eliminates the second sock syndrome. :D

03-13-2006, 11:26 AM
Thanks Julia--I'm not familiar with knitting on two circs but what you just said kind of makes sense...do you know if there is a video on that or something? I'd like to see it being done...

03-13-2006, 11:27 AM
wow that was cool...my thread just zipped right over here...you guys are magic! :)

03-13-2006, 11:28 AM
Amy has a video on just plain two-circ knitting...I haven't seen one where they do 2 socks. There's a lesson with photos here: http://www.socknitters.com/2circs/ (the good photos start in "lesson 2")

03-13-2006, 11:42 AM
I have made only a couple pairs of socks - one pair on dpn, one pair at the same time on 2 circs. I would suggest you try the first pair one at a time on dpn....then try two at once on circs. For me, doing one at a time on dpn helped me understand the whole process. Then it was easier doing two at once on circs. I think I would have been overwhelmed trying two at once right out of the gate.

I was relatively new to knitting and had never done short rows or much knitting in the round prior, so my advice may not apply to you!

Either way, you'll be thrilled to conquer the sock! Good luck.

03-13-2006, 11:55 AM
Thanks Lynn--I will most likely try them on dpns first--I was just interested in the concept...I really don' t mind knitting on dpns...I think I'll have enough to deal with without trying to learn two circs at the same time! ;)

Thanks for your suggestion!

03-13-2006, 02:00 PM
I've knit about 7 pair of socks and at first I knit both socks on two sets of dpn. I wanted them both to be done at the same time. So I would work awhile on one then put it down and then later pick up the other sock and work on that one. It worked great for me. Now I just do one at a time because I am not the type to just knit one sock and never finish the second one. good luck in which ever way you try. :XX: :XX:

03-13-2006, 02:08 PM
Cristy if you're going to use DPNs, I definitely recommend Silver's Sock Class -- it's the best :thumbsup:

03-13-2006, 02:58 PM
My first pair of socks was two at once toe-up on two circulars. I used the pattern at KnitPicks. The instructions are VERY clear; it was easy to understand what to do.

If you try their pattern, I do suggest one change: Do the afterthought heels one at a time instead of both at once. That way you can ignore the instructions about transfering stitches to safety pins.

I'm now making my second pair one at a time, toe up on DPNs with a shortrow heel this time.

One of these days I'll get the nerve to go cuff down, but I always get worried I'll run out of yarn before the toe!

03-13-2006, 04:02 PM
You can also do them on one long circular, via the magic loop method. directions here (http://webdesignsbybarb.com/tostetoes/twosocksoneneedletoeup.htm)