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Old 02-20-2008, 05:27 PM   #31
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I guess I'm in on this by accident.
I've got it started but I don't know how fast I'll be doing it. I mainly started it to practice for a double knit hat I just finished.
For all I know the yarn might be too big, Lion Wool on #4/#3 so it may never get finished.

Holding the yarn is also giving me problems. Continental with the inside sock and English with the outside sock is slow and confusing.
On the double knit hat I was keeping both yarns together and it didn't stick together (except for the color changes naturally) so I think once I get some length I'm going to go to a 1 hand/2 finger hold dragging both strands forward and back together.
Either that or I'm going to have to try k1 s1 then k-the-other-1 s-the-other-1.
All I know is 2 hands isn't giving me joy.

I did the cheat cast on the page lists. I liked it so much that's what I used for my hat ... and the 2nd time I redid the sock ... and the 3rd time too.
(First time knitted the cast on together, second time didn't trust that they weren't stuck together. I smell 2 more restarts in my future when I try the different ways )

I also used the same colors.

I think I'm only 2 or 3 rows into it because I've got other stuff I want to do or want to get out of the way before I get two floppy skeins (one thing is to make a knitting bag to hold 2 skein projects).
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:03 PM   #32
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Hi Mike,

Yay another fellow knitter doing the 2 socks in one!

I am having the same struggles as you are with holding the 2 yarns. I tried to strand both on one finger and it drove me nuts trying to separate the two.

Oneyarn told me about the Clover Yarn Guide, so I went to my LYS and bought one. It's very handy, but it's still not the ideal having to swinging the yarn back and forth between the two socks.

So now i'm knitting with one strand in each hand since it seems to be the most efficient to me, but I am not a continential knitter by nature - so it's going verrrry slowly.

I can't wait to see everyone's progress!
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:11 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by knittingymnast View Post
i kept knitting the 2 socks together somehow......

Hi Rosalie,

After you cast on, before you start knitting, make sure that the yarn that you'll be knitting with is the same color as the first stitch that you'll be knitting into. Then, when you're done with that first stitch, make sure you move the yarn to the front and then knit the second stitch with the same color yarn as that second stitch and keep that yarn in the back. I hope this is helpful.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:49 PM   #34
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Thanks Susan, although I think I just need to focus on something simpler. Its making a wreck out of my brain!
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:58 PM   #35
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You took me away from my sweater to mess with the socks again.
I tried 2 strands, 1 hand, 2 fingers. It worked better this time but I ended up using my thumb often to hold the front yarn.
That made holding the needles a little difficult but I at least got a rhythm swinging the yarn.

I didn't have a problem keeping them separate when doing the hat even when I got down to 12 stitches and I couldn't use 2 fingers any more, but that was 2 different colors. I guess the hat was practice for the socks.
I saw one of those thimbles but I figure I can make something like that if I figure out how to steer the yarn around with one finger.

I figured out before trying it why the strands can't stay together all the time. If the backside gets knitted after the front strand gets there it's crossed over and locked in with the stitch.
So that's one restart I don't have to do. Now that I'm thinking about it, missing that part of the instructions was the cause of one of my restarts.

I also tried the k1 s1 p1 s1. It worked but it wasn't fun or any less confusing. At least I only had to do 1 needle's worth.

I had a bridge that I fixed with a crochet hook. For not getting very far I at least feel like I accomplished something.

This is my progress.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:04 AM   #36
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How about a double knit hat, knittingymnast? That seemed to be a good primer for me.

Here is my fingering method (wrapped around pinky like in the double-knit video).
1. Far strand knit
2. Near strand knit
3. Far strand purl
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Hi Mike, There is a double knit video? could you post a link Thanks
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It's on the Advanced Knitting Techniques section of this website. The View Videos link is at the top of the pages here.
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My socks so far:



It's been slow going, but I think I finally got the rhythm of knitting continental and english at the same time. I'm trying to decide how long I should knit the leg before I start on the heel.
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Ok this sounds cool,I'm picking up my needles and joining this one right nowOnly got a couple hours then I'm going out to lunch but will check in later
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