2at a time socks

This is my first pair of socks done two at a time on a pair of circs. I seem to be spending a lot of time untangling yarn and adjusting needles. It's pretty slow going, does it get faster the more you do it?

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Gee, Scott...I don't know if they get faster. I'm only now finished using Magic Loop to do one at a time. [It's okay but won't take the place of my dpns.] However, a local LYS owner wants a class on '2 at once' and I'm considering offering to do it. It will be interesting to see if you have any updates on how things go. Thanks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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scottly's picture

I know how you feel, I am so fast on my dpns it's hard to imagine this technique ever getting that speedy but Tall Guy has given me some good tips to stop the tangling so we'll see. I do like it that the socks have almost no choice but to be identical this way.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks ----- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Stan Stansbury's picture

My experience is that the fewer needles I use the easier life is, so I now do 2 at once on 1 long circular. The critical advantages over dpns for me are: I cannot tug on the wrong needle and leave 25% of the stitches hanging in mid-air. I cannot drop one needle and have it roll half the length of a commuter train car at rush hour. I also do not have to go back and try to do exactly the same thing all over again when 1's done.
History suggests that I am just not capable of doing exactly the same thing twice. The only way I can reliably make things match is to do them at the same time.

New York Built's picture

I'm laughing so hard at myself...dropped a DPN on the train and never did find it. Your absolutely right!

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It's a new skill. It takes practice. It does go faster with time, and there's nothing like being done with the pair at once. People will see you doing it and they'll marvel, "Wow, how does he do that?" And you'll be thinking, "It's really no big deal, once you get the hang of it."