Monday, February 4, 2008

Knitting 2 Socks at once

I read about this when I was making my first sock. Heard about it from a link that someone posted on the forum (see link to the left). That took me to here.

I read along and it made sense how it work. I understood the concept, but actually doing it was something else. But I have now decided to try doing it.

I'm make a sock for my ds and for one of my closest friend's daughter. They are close in age and both babies so the size should be about the same and being babies makes the socks small and quicker to knit. I wanted that in case I decide that I don't like doing it this way.

The odd thing is that many knitters look for a way to knit 2 socks together because they get second sock syndrome. (For all you non-knitters that where you don't want to make the second sock and you end up with lots of singles) But I don't get this. I LOVE knitting socks, even the second one.

So you might be wondering why in the world would I try something that is this complicated if I don't get second sock syndrome? Well, I guess I'm crazy... but I did it for the challenge.

And now I'm glad I've done it. Honestly I was a little worried about doing in color work but now I'm not at all. Bring on the Fair Isle patterns (as long as I can learn to knit from a chart.)

So anyway here is my progress. I'm working on the first set. I'm making 2 pairs, one from each pair both times. This makes it easier because the socks are different colors and I can see where I have crossed them.

I have now gotten to the heel flap .

Here are some pictures so far....

This is my cast on... I cheated.... I cast on 2 seperate needles and then put all the stitches on this needle.

This after I had started, just have a little bit done here. By this time the concept made more sense and I could see what my knitting was doing. (All newbies the faster you learn to see what your knitting is doing the better). But I didn't quite have a flow down yet....

Both of these show how one sock is inside of another....

This shows the cuff, leg, and the start of the heel flap. I did have a little bit of trouble going from doing this in the round to flat when I started the heel flap. But after about 2 rows it started to make more sense and is now going easier.

The pink is knit on the inside so that is showing the inside of the heel flap so it is reverse stocking stitch.

These two pictures show how I'm holding the yarn when I knit it. I have put a little hair tie (that I have now lost) in between them. It does help to keep the separated. I plan on taking a video of me doing this and positing it online. So you can see that if that will help.

So that's where I'm at now... going to keep at it and will post more when I get farther along.

I hope this helps someone out there...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My poor neglected blog....

Well I did finish those slipper socks. And the fit great! FIL loves them... LOVE YOU POP! Going to posts pics of them here... MIL took them for me (thank you!) I did mess up on one of the toes, but he says that he doesn't notice a difference, so that's the important part.

I loved doing these. So much so that I started another pair of socks. Not the same pattern. (Although I do love that pattern) I'm using sock yarn and knitting with size 1 needles! They are soooo little! This pair is for me... :)

I also have started trying to make 2 socks at once in double points. One is knit inside of the other. I'm making one of these for my son and the other for my dear friends' daughter.

I have also finished a few other items since I finished the sock. Did a headband for my MIL, hat for dh, set of twin booties (like socks better) for friends new babies, and a bonnet for another friend's baby.

I have lots in my head that I want to knit too. So that's an update... Maybe I'll keep this updated a little better (at least for a little while).... ;)