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Old 01-04-2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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Socks on circulars...two at a time?
I love knitting socks, but I admit to that second sock syndrome. By the time I start the second one I am reading to move on to something different. I knit them on DPNs.

I've wondered about trying two at a time on circulars. Does anyone do this and enjoy this method? What length cable do you need for these?

Also, what size needle is best for socks? I think what I use are size two US. Is that the best size or should I try a size 1?

I'd love to know if there is a good men's basic sock pattern, too. I had a good one from my not-so-LYS, but of course I can't find it now! I am sure my hubby would love some handknit socks.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:01 PM   #2
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I made a pair of socks, two toe-up socks on one circular needle and I must say it was really nice to have them both done at once. I used the Magic Loop method and used a 40" size 2 circular with yarn specifically made for socks. I love ML and use it whenever possible.
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One of the members here has a great online tutorial for 2 at once socks. Silver's sock class click on the link and scroll down. Have fun!
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there's also a book on how to do it, it's upstairs on my bookshelf... http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Circl...1130934&sr=8-2
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I have SSS as well, not to mention a short attention span, so I really like doing both socks at the same time on a set of small (12") circular needles. The size needles I use just depends on the sock yarn; usually somewhere between size 2 to size 5. I use the basic sock pattern from the Knitting for Dummies book for men's socks, but there are lots of other good patterns out there. Once you get the hang of doing two socks at the same time, you may never go back! I had a pair to do the other day and couldn't find one of the circular needles I was looking for, so I used a circular needle along with a set of 5 dpn's just so I could do both socks at the same time!
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2 at a time on 2 cirs is my preferred method.

Here is another tut to check out:
http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html
There are several books, too. I'd check out the library to see if they have them before buying, since there is so much free info on the web.

I prefer one 24" and one 29", though any combination of 2 works fine. You probably don't want anything longer then 29". As to needle size, that would depend on the sock yarn you are using. I have 2 each of 0 up to 4.

Once you're comfortable with the method, you can use any sock pattern.
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Two at a time socks...
Hi, Lynn!

Check out Melissa Morgan-Oakes book, "2-at-a-time Socks". It's very well written and there are some great patterns in there. And you'd be doing two at a time on one long circ.

BUT, just for giggles, check out this one - two in one socks! It's a hoot! You work from two balls of yarn and are knitting one sock inside the other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHtC_HlKz3o&NR=1

This is an even better one -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhiXmmrQ0aQ&NR=1

I saw these and got FASCINATED! Gotta try it, at least once.

And there's another video that shows how to cast on but that one slipped by me. I'll find it, though, since I really want to play with this as soon as I have the time!

Good luck and have fun!!!

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2 on 2 (there are several methods for 'setting up" (the only really hard part!)

after that, its great!

i went from never finishing a PAIR to knitting 50 pairs in 5 years. (about 10 pairs a year!)

Welcome to the new fangled way to knit socks. .IT'S THE BEST
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I absolutely love 2 socks on one circ magic loop! I use a 40" knitpicks circular needle, anywhere from size 1 to 3, depending on the yarn and pattern. I usually use a 3 for my own socks because I knit pretty tightly. It can be a bit fiddly at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's not any harder than any other method- I actually think it's much easier than dpns.
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2 on 2 (there are several methods for 'setting up" (the only really hard part!)

after that, its great!

i went from never finishing a PAIR to knitting 50 pairs in 5 years. (about 10 pairs a year!)

Welcome to the new fangled way to knit socks. .IT'S THE BEST
Hi, Oftroy!

Are you meaning knitting one sock inside the other? If so, I'd love it if you could give me a link to the method. I lost track of the cast on video for that technique.

If not, what method are you using? I'm always looking for better ways to knit socks!

Thanks so much!

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