11 January, 14:28

Mina's Two At A Time Socks

Mina’s two at a time socks
What you will need:
• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (anything in the
range of 350–420m [380-460 yards]) Yarn used
in sample – Baerenwolle, Baerfoot Sock in Pond
Colourway
• Needles – 2.25mm or 2.5mm (US 1 or 1.5)
on a Long cable for magic loop. Size of needles
depends on thickness of yarn being used.
• Notions – I do not use stitch markers to
mark beginning of the round as I use the tail for
that. I do use a progress keeper to keep track of
my row count and how many rows I have done
(this can also work to mark the right side of your
work).
• Gauge – Approx 7-8 sts/inch in stockinette
• Size – Socks are sized in a Medium (Large).
Abbreviations
• CO - Cast on
• Sts - Stitches
• K - Knit stitch
• P - Purl Stitch
• K2tog- Knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch decrease)
• SSK - Slip 2 stitches knitwise one at a time & knit together through the back loop (1 stitch decrease)
Instructions:
• Instructions are shown Medium (Large) throughout the pattern, where stitch counts vary.
• I knit my socks using the Magic Loop method as that is what I am most comfortable with, however, you are more than welcome to use DPN’s if that is your preferred method for knitting socks.
• CO 64 (72)sts on to your needles using your preferred cast on method for cuff down socks (I use the Long Tail) and set up for knitting in the round.
C uf f:
There are three main types of ribbing I use for the cuffs of socks:
1. 20 round 1x1 twisted rib – this is (Knit 1 stitch through the back loop, P1) repeated around.
2. Knit 20 rounds of 1x1 regular ribbing – this is (K1, P1) repeated around.
3. Knit 20 rounds 2x2 regular ribbing – this is (K2, P2) repeated around.
Of course there are many other options for knitting cuffs and you do not have to do
20 rounds (you can do more or less if you’d like) I just prefer the way the aesthetic of
how this looks.
For the two at a time method that I use to knit my socks, I start by knitting the cuff of
one sock on Magic Loop for the 20 rounds, then I move the stitches onto double
pointed needles and leave those on hold until I have knit the 20 rounds of the second
cuff. Following this I move the first cuff back on to the magic loop needles with the
second cuff, taking care to make sure the socks are on the needles in the same
orientation as each other.
Leg of sock:
For the leg of the sock how many rows I knit (Yes I do count my rows) depends on
the person I am knitting the socks for. The minimum number of rows I will knit is 60
rounds on the leg as I feel this gives a good overall length for the leg, however, you
can do less if you wanted shorter ankle socks.
I try to make the overall leg of my sock slightly longer that the foot will be. So on
average my leg length will be anywhere between 60-80 rounds long in addition to the 20 rounds of ribbing.
You can knit the leg in plain stockinette or insert whatever pattern you would like to knit at this point.
Heel:
I prefer the use the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for my socks, however, that is a separate paid for pattern so, I have included instructions here for a traditional Wrap and Turn Short Row Heel, however, you can easily
substitute any preferred heel method you would like to use.
Short Row Heel:
1. Knit 31 (33) stitches. Move the working yarn as if to purl. Slip the last, unworked stitch from the left needle to the right needle. Turn your work.
2. Slip the first, unworked, stitch from the left needle to the right needle. Purl the
next stitch (you will have wrapped that first stitch around its base with the working
yarn) and purl across to the last stitch. Move the working yarn as if to knit and slip
last stitch. Turn.
3. Slip the first stitch and knit across to the last stitch before the unworked stitch.
Wrap and turn.
4: Slip the first stitch and purl across to the stitch before the unworked stitch. Wrap
and turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 11 (13) of the heel stitches are wrapped and on left side,
10 (10) stitches are "live" in the middle, and 11 (13) are wrapped and on the right.
At this stage, you should be ready to work a right side row. Your heel is half done.
Now you'll work the second half of the heel:
1. Knit across the 10 live stitches across to the first unworked, wrapped stitch. To
work this stitch, pick up the wrap and knit it together with the stitch. Wrap the next
stitch (so that it now has two wraps) and turn.
2. Slip the first (double-wrapped) stitch and purl across to the first unworked,
wrapped stitch. Pick up the wrap and purl it together with the stitch. Wrap the next
stitch and turn.
On subsequent rows you will pick up both wraps and knit or purl them together with
the stitch. Continue until you have worked all the stitches and you once again have
32 (36) "live" stitches.
When you have all stitches live, you are ready to start knitting in the round again
(remember to continue with lace pattern as established on Needle 1). On your first round, you may want to pick up an extra stitch or two between the Needle 1 and Needle 2 stitches to close up any holes there might be there. On the next round remember to decrease back down so you still have 32 (36) stitches per needle.
Foot:
After the heel carry on knitting the foot straight until you are approx. 2 inches away from the end of the toes. At this point, if you are using a pattern for your
socks, you will want to only continue the pattern portion on the instep stitches that
will be on the top of your foot and knit the sole of the sock in plain stockinette.
Toe:
I prefer to knit the rounded toe and those are the instructions that I have included
here. I feel like it gives a nicer finished look than the wedge toe, however, you can
easily substitute any other toe decrease method you would prefer to use.
Rounded toe:
Round 1. Needle 1 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Needle 2 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Round 2-4. Knit all stitches
Round 5. Needle 1 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Needle 2 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Round 6-7. Knit all stitches
Round 8. Needle 1 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Needle 2 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Round 9. Knit all stitches
Round 10. Needle 1 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
Needle 2 - K1, SSK, K to last 3 Sts, K2TOG, K1
For all remaining rounds repeat round 10 until you have 8 (10) stitches remaining
on each needle 16 (20) stitches total.
Finishing:
Finally Kitchener the remaining stitches together to close the toe and weave in your
ends.