This past week I've fallen in love with making socks all over again, mostly due to the neatly colored sock yarn purchases made over the past month comprised of Trekking XXL
and handpainted sock yarns from Cherry Blossom Fibers
. Another thing has rekindled the flames of love of sock-making too - knitting two socks at once!
Let's face it - after all the time and effort in making one sock, making the second sock (for me, at least) is a rushed chore more than it is a pleasure to do. I can't tell you how many socks I've made that are just one - lost somewhere in the apartment because I never bothered to make the second. By making two at once, there's no guesswork in making the socks consistent. And, once the first one is done, the second one is "magically" completed too. Huzzah!
The current socks are using Trekking XXL color 107 (reds and greens). Working with these colors has been a treat because the change in color is so gradual and magical. These socks aren't made from any pattern per se, but I am following these basic guidelines for my size 8 feets...
1. Take the skein of sock yarn and divide it into two center pull balls.
2. Cast on using figure 8 cast on
method with US 1 40" circular needles, 13 stitches on each side of the sock (26 stitches total for each sock). Use one ball for one sock, and the other ball for the other sock. Work each round like you would for one sock using the magic loop method
2. Once cast on is done, apply M1 at the beginning and the end of the "row" (or side of one sock) until the total stitches for the side of the sock reaches 30 stitches (60 stitches total for each sock).
3. Work rounds for both socks until the sock reaches 4" (or when the entire foot minus the heel is covered). Now it's ready to make the heel of the sock!
4. Using only one side of each sock, apply this nifty short row formula
for heels without holes.
5. Continue to knit in the round until desired length. At this point, if wanted, apply K1P1 rows of ribbing for 1". Cast off using favorite method. Voila!
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