Two Socks at Once!

Reporting back on the two at once sock class, as I promised BuduR:

I took Antje Gillingham's class Sunday at my LYS - all 7 hours of it - and we made 2 socks at once on two circulars. Since she wanted to make sure we completed all the techniques in class, we only made baby booties (sorry I don't have any pics - I immediately frogged them to make the full sized version at home).

The technique can be a little daunting at first, but if you have knit one sock at a time on two circulars already, it really isn't too different, so persevere and clarity will come. The knitting is done from two separate balls - one for each sock - each is cast on separately in a manner that allows you to work one half of one sock (Sock A), then the same half of the other sock (Sock B), followed by the other side of Sock B and then Sock A - the pattern is AB-BA-AB-BA-AB-BA-etc.

Her book "Knitting Circles around Socks - Knit two at a time on circular needles" is well written, and is easy to follow. Her technique centers on two disparate circular needles - one 16" and the other 24" - the different lengths help you distinguish between 'sole' and 'instep' stitches, so it's harder to get lost in a stockinette jungle.

Here is her website:


BuduR's picture

So I just gotta wait for that eureka moment when I figure it all out eh? I'll check out her web site, thanks for all the info :) and shame on your for not taking pics before frogging!

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scottly's picture

What are the advantages to this technique?

I wish I were knitting now.

scenter's picture

The advantage is that since you are knitting both at the same time, you don't wind up with 'one sock' or 'second sock' syndrome.

Both socks come off the needles at the same time (but proceed at half speed), so when you are done, you are done with both, as opposed to the usual method where you finish one sock, and then realise you are only half done with the project - and sometimes that second sock never gets cast on.

BuduR's picture

in addition to what scenter said. Knitting two at the same times has the same advantage as knitting 2 sleeves at once they come out the same length :p

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Tallguy's picture

And, if you have a long circular needle, you can knit both socks at once on the one long needle...then it's a lot easier to follow where you are. But I have to say, I like using two circs a little better. Just my preference, no real reason.

As scenter said, if you can knit one sock, it's not much more different to knit both at the same time, on two or one circular needle. And at least, I get them both to be the same!!

I have heard of a woman that was knitting 4 pair (8 socks) on one long circular needle. Not impossible... but, really ----- !

kiwiknitter's picture

This is how I learned to knit socks; I can't imagine knitting one at a time on DPN's.

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Aaronknits's picture

This is next on my list of things to tackle and I think I might give it a go this weekend. I'm getting second sock syndrome something fierce lately. It'll also give me a reason to treat myself to some more of those nice Addi Turbos.