The Good Thing…

The good thing about doing two socks, toe-up is that you can use up all your sock yarn. And make the longest possible sock with your yarn.

The Good Thing, The Bad Thing

The bad thing about doing two socks, toe-up is that you you can use up all your sock yarn. And it’s taking me for-fucking-ever!

This is the first time I’ve knit two socks at once on a single circular-cable needle (I refuse to use the stupid term this technique has been given). I’ve done two socks on two circular-cable needles before and I’ve done a ton of socks one-at-a-time on double-pointed needles.

I have to admit, I’m really liking the two socks on one needle technique. It’s got a few difficulties. Since I was initially taking yarn from both the inside and the outside of the cake of sock-yarn, there was a bit of untangling. And when I added in a second colorway of yarn for the stripes at the top, it’s gotten even a bit more tangly. And the worst issue is when I pull the wrong loop to start a new round and pull all my stitches off the needle (if you’ve ever done this technique, you know what I’m talking about).

Fortunately, I’ve only pulled the wrong loop once during this entire pair of socks. And surprisingly, it’s really simple to keep track of where I am on each sock. With two circular needles, it’s a lot more difficult to figure out where I left off when I put my knitting down for a while and pick it back up.

Shockingly, I like this technique for knitting socks in-the-round. I still hate the infantile name that it’s acquired. Fortunately, nothing requires me to use it. There are similar techniques called Wandering Loop or Traveling Loop. They are slightly different, but I could just use those terms instead, no?

Current Knitting

Yes…I’m STILL working on the pair of toe-up socks. Specifically the 1×1 ribbing at the cuff of the socks.

Fortunately, I really like how these socks are turning out. They will be worth it once they’re finished.

You’ll note I’ve added a couple of thin stripes toward the top of the cuff and I will also bind off using that colorway of yarn. I’m looking forward to wearing them when they’re finally finished.

4 comments on “The Good Thing…

  1. Well, my friend Sarah Hauschka and maybe another person wrote what I think was the first Pamphlet about it in the late 1980s or so, and it was called Magic Loop. So it’s not a name that was acquired so much as a given name if that helps. How would you feel if someone said they weren’t going to use your name because they thought it was silly? 😈 I would call it something entirely less flattering as I can never make it work. Love my dpns as they truly look like magic to innocent bystanders.

    1. I had that pamphlet and it was called “Judy’s Magic Loop”
      No one would show you how to do it; they all referred to the pamphlet. So respectful of her authorship.
      I love that you are knitting two at a time!

  2. Two 24″ circulars still rule my sock world, lo these knitting years, with thanks to the late Cat B. I certainly empathize with ribbing purgatory, Joe. Cheers to you.

  3. I love the 2 at a time method – while it does seem to take a long time, when you are done – you are D O N E — a pair! And they are the same size.
    I’m a proponent of the 2 circular needles – with the proper placement of markers, I know where my ‘start’ is, and I do my best to always stop there to avoid confusing myself of where I left off.
    Lately, I’ve been using a small circular needle to do one at a time, as I have been trying some different patterns and techniques. But I always end up back with the 2 circulars, toe up, 2 at a time method when I want a good pair done in a timely way.
    I only use double points if I am working in a larger weight yarn, like Christmas stockings.
    I did have an observer once be completely flabbergasted seeing me work a sock with double-points. They’d never seen anyone use more than the standard 2 needles. It was pretty funny at the time.

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