Sunday, March 19, 2006

2 Socks on 2 Circular Needles

Yesterday on Knitty I found a new knit along for socks, the Sock It To Em Knitalong, and I decided to join. If you are into socks, take a look. Everyone really has some nice projects going. And even if you aren't into socks - take a look. You might be inspired to try a pair.

But back to me... I figured if I am going to be part of a sock knit along, I ought to at least have some socks on the needles. Especially since I blathered on and on about sock knitting after the Knitting Olympics. I also figured I needed to try something new to expand my sock knitting skills so I decided to finally figure out how to knit 2 socks on 2 circular needles.

I used a tutorial by Sheron Goldin and found that everything was explained very well. If you are interested in knitting socks this way, I really recommend the her online lessons. The instructions were very clear and there were pictures to help you throughout the process step-by-step.

And here are the socks I got started last night:

Yeah, I know they don't match and I won't end up with a pair of socks when I'm finished. And that IS one of the main reasons for knitting two at a time. I may regret the decision to start two pair at once, but it is too late now. I'm not frogging these. I was in a tiz to get this technique started and under my belt. I didn't want to use my "special" sock yarn that could have been easily put into two separate balls like the Lorna's Laces or Koigu I have stashed away. I'm saving that until my skills are a little more refined. So I started with some of the self patterning yarn I had on hand.

Sock one is being knit out of On Line color 765 and Opal Ladybug. I'm knitting them on size 1 (24") addi turbo needles in a basic 2x2 rib pattern. I know they'll fit because it is basically the same pattern I used before. I might try a different heel and toe though this time. Maybe a different one for each sock. I am really excited to try some of the more involved stitch patterns I see for socks, but I want to make sure I've really got some of the basics down first.

Tote Around update: The bag has been felted and is being blocked/dried now. I thought I would have been able to post the finished bag by now, but it is still damp. So it is still hiding in the laundry room. It'll be out soon. As soon as it dries and it gets a good shave I'll get it posted.

1 comment:

Amy said...

I just started my socks on circulars, I didn't know you could 2 at one time on them, thanks for the info. I'm pretty much finshed my double point socks and I don't think I'll go back to double points but I do think I have sock fever. I'm useing regia , it's a navy self striping color mix.