We’re coming up to an anniversary. Not a wedding or anything – but the anniversary of when my brother-in-law asked me for socks. I believe it was 2 years ago (hopefully not 3) that I brought some purple sock yarn on our trip to Florida with the idea that I was going to try making socks. Never happened. But he said he would take socks in that yarn and has been bugging reminding me ever since.
Keep in mind – I’ve only ever made one pair of socks! Well, two if you count the socks I started and then frogged because I wasn’t happy with them. That second attempt also made me realize that if I was going to ever make another pair – or several pairs even, I needed to knuckle down and learn how to make two-at-a-time socks, sometimes abbreviated TAAT. The method I used was Silver’s Sock Class, a popular tutorial and it’s free! There are actually several tutorials but I went with the TAAT, toe-up (instead of cuff-down) using a magic loop on one long circular needle. The class recommends making your first socks using worsted weight yarn because it would be easier; after learning the technique, you can easily transfer your skills to smaller weight yarns.
I did make one change. Instead of trying to figure out her cast-on method (harder because it’s all pictures), at the same time I learned Judy’s Magic Cast-on.
I’d heard that some of the trickiness in making socks two-at-a-time was making sure you were using the correct yarn, since you need two separate balls to knit from. So … I thought making different colors would help me keep track :-). I’m not sure if it was easier or not since I had even more tails and balls to work with, but I now have fraternal socks. These are straight off the needles – before blocking because I was just too excited to try them on and show them off.
The thickness of the yarn almost makes them feel a little bit more like slippers, but they keep my feet nice and toasty.
If you’re reading this Eric … those purple socks ARE coming. I’m getting close to being finished LOL!
Pattern: a combination of Silver’s Two Toe-Up Socks on One Circular Needle Tutorial along with Judy’s Magic Cast-on
Designer: Kristin Bellehumeur
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash
Colorways: 904 Colonial Blue and 1961 Camel
Modeled by: me
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How about you… ever made socks? Dreamed of making socks? Any favorite techniques or tips?