There once was a man from Nantucket.......

Chris Vandenburg's picture

......... who is trying to learn how to knit two socks on one needle and said "darn" (for those of you who know me, I am paraphrasing here)

I'm gonna get this if it's the last thing I do!!!!

Kenny's tutorial is great but the whole system is confusing. I guess it's like algebra... if frustrates the heck out of you and then one day it dawns and you say to yourself, "Oh, I get it!".

Gonna keep trying though. Any input from you talented guys would be appreciated,



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scottly's picture

I got about half way done with a pair and froged the whole thing. I really hated the constant untangling of yarn and cable and I'm so much faster on my dpns but I'm glad I at least figured it out. I bought this book and it was very helpful.

ronhuber's picture

I, also have tried it and was successful in the fact that I finished a pair. However, I did them for an hour and then knit with dp's for an hour and got two and a half pairs of socks done in the same time as I got one pair done with the one needle. I used many different methods of keeping track of sock and needle and yarn and untangling either one or both and it was, as Scot said, very frustrating. I love socks and am always looking for new methods or patterns to speed up the process or make a more comfortable sock. This is definitely not one of them. However, for me it was speedier than using two circulars. It makes me think that each one of us is unique and approach things differently, even in knitting. We should try new things and look upon them as learning experiences. So good luck, Chris, and I hope the experiment doesn't turn you off of socks.

Kilthoser's picture

This is probably beating a dead horse (a problem with being a newbie here), but is this the same technique as in War and Peace, where Anna Makarovna knitted one stocking inside of the other? Somebody tried to patent it in the 1870s, and the pictures here seem helpful:

Isn't it done sort of portuguese style with one yarn over the right shoulder and one yarn over the left.. knit one then purl the next on the second stocking. Is that right?

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rc_in_sd's picture

It's actually not the same technique, but the link you provided is really interesting. In that link, it looks like double-knitting, but without ever crossing the two strands back and forth. So you're making one sock inside the other as you go. I don't think I'd ever try it, but I'm fascinated all the same.

Chris is referring to a technique of working two socks side by side, either on a pair of circular needles or on one long circular needle (using the Magic Loop technique). Haven't tried that yet either, but it's on the list.

Thanks for that link!

TheKnittingMill's picture

I saw this technique for the first time on Knitty and thought it was really cool!

It looks a little complicated and I think you can only utilize it for SS and maybe some simple ribs, but I still think it would be worth learning!


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bkeith's picture

Brilliant. I've been doing two socks side-by-side, but I'll definitely try this next time. Been wanting to play more with double-knitting anyway. Thanks for the link!

MMario's picture

YOu should be able to utilize the "sock within a sock" technique for any sock, as long as you don't cross your yarns, and are willing to spend time re-seating and moving sitches around. It's the increases and decreases that get tricky.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Have toyed with the idea but am only now getting used to Magic Loop. Still, none of the other methods will ever truly replace my dpns. So many years spent knitting away at socks make them the most comfortable for me. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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DeceptiveCookie's picture

Hmmm.... the Book scott recommended really helped me out when I wanted to learn the technique. It's also helped me modify other patterns I've found to the technique. It's frustrating at the beginning... but gets much easier with more practice. The book is geared more towards top down socks... I found this website for bottom up socks... still have not been brave enough to try...

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Thanks to all you guys! I can always count on a whirlwind of ideas from you guys! And all these different methods are pretty darn interesting.

Gonna keep at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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