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Two at a Time Socks on One Needle (Magic Loop) or Two



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hi I'm Ellen from the chili dog today

I'm working on a pair of son dog socks

and I'm getting both of the socks at the

same time this technique works for

either toe up or cuff down socks but

today I happen to be knitting my socks

from the cuff down also two at a time

socks can either be knit on one long

circular needle using the Magic Loop

method or on two circular needles so

today I'll demonstrate both starting

with two at a time socks using the Magic

Loop method and then using two circular

needles finally I'll talk a little bit

about what happens when you get to the

heel turn and are working in rows

instead of rounds you can look in the

video description for links to each of

these sections in case you want to skip

ahead let's get started when you're

working two at a time socks using the

Magic Loop method generally you'll want

to use a circular needle that's at least

36 inches long maybe even longer than

that mine happens to be a little bit

shorter because it's easier for me to

manage on camera my stitches are divided

so that the front of the leg for both

socks are on one side of the needle

there's a loop of cord and then the

stitches for the back of the leg for

both socks are on the other side of the

kneel if you need help casting on

stitches so that everything is set up

right for two at a time socks I'll

include a link to my cast on video in

the description below as you can see

there are two working yarns but only one

of those working yarns is near the

needle tips so that's the one that we're

going to start knitting with I'm going

to slide the stitches on the front

needle down to the tip and you can see

that my loop here on the side got bigger

now I'm going to pull the needle that's

at the back so that I can start using it

to knit and the loop got shorter just

make sure that this loop does

get pulled all the way through as I

start knitting I want to make sure that

the working yarn doesn't get caught down

here inside of the loop between my cord

and my working needle so I'm going to

hold it up here above my stitches and

then I'm going to go ahead and start

knitting across the stitches of my first

sock

I finished knitting across my first sock

and I want to make sure that my working

yarn is set up to knit and is up above

the needle and the cord from the first

sock so that it doesn't get tangled up

in things and now I'm going to switch

and start working with the second

working yarn so I can knit across the

stitches for the second sock and again

as we start knitting those stitches we

want to make sure this working yarn

doesn't get caught or tangled down in

between the cord and the needle tips in

between the socks here because that will

cause trouble later so I'm going to

scoot my first sock kind of out of the

way and then I'm going to go ahead and

start knitting across the second sock I

just finished knitting across the second

sock and now we're halfway done with our

round I'm going to rotate everything so

the other side of the socks are at the

front you can see that there's only one

working yarn that's near the needle tips

so that's the one we're going to knit

with next I am going to pull the back

needle through so I can use it to knit

my stitches and I'm also going to slide

the stitches that are on the front of

the loop down to the tip of the needle

and then I need to pull that back needle

a little bit more and shorten up that

loop at the side remembering don't pull

this all the way through so that I'm

ready to knit and now it's just like

before we're going to use this working

yarn to knit the second half of the

second sock again making sure that it

doesn't get caught in this loop of cord

and needle as we get started so we'll

knit all the way across the second sock

after we finished knitting across the

stitches for the second sock we want to

make sure that the working yarn is at

the back and up above the needle and

cord so that it's out of the way and

doesn't get caught here in the gap and

then I'm going to slide the second sock

down a little bit so that it's out of

the way and then we're gonna finish

knitting up the remaining stitches for

the first sock and again make sure that

you're working Eric isn't caught down

here in between the needle and the cord

as you get started and knit across the

remaining stitches for the first sock

when you're working two at a time socks

with two circular needles generally

you'll want them to each be at least 20

inches long my stitches are divided so

that the front of the leg for both socks

is on one needle the stitches for the

back of the lake for both socks is on

the other needle if you need help

casting on stitches so everything is set

up right for two at a time socks I'll

include a link to my cast on video in

the description below as you can see

there are two working yarns one for each

sock but only one of them is near the

needle tips so that's the one that we're

going to start knitting with your

stitches are always going to stay on the

same needle right now the stitches at

the front of the leg are on this needle

so this is the only one that I'm going

to

work with right now I'm going to slide

this needle through so the stitches are

down at the tip and then I'm using the

other end of the same needle to knit

across all of these stitches so I'll

start with my first sock and as you get

started you just want to make sure that

your working yarn doesn't get tangled

and twisted here in between the front

needle that you're working with and the

back one that is just resting so knit

across the stitches for my first sock

once I finish knitting the stitches

across my first sock I'm going to make

sure that the yarn is at the back and

above the front and back needles and I

just don't want it to get caught here in

between the gap in between my two socks

then I'm going to slide things down a

little bit and out of the way so I don't

have to worry about it and then we'll

knit across the first half of the second

sock and again as we start knitting we

just want to make sure that this working

yarn doesn't get caught or twisted in

between the needles and get caught in

the gap there so now let's knit across

the stitches on the second sock I

finished knitting across the stitches

for my second sock and now we're halfway

done with the round I'm going to rotate

everything so that the other side of the

socks are at the front and then we're

going to repeat the same process on the

other side only one of my working yarns

is near the needle tips so that's the

one I'm going to be knitting with the

stitches that I'm going to be knitting

are all held here on this needle so

that's the one that I'm going to be

using I'm going to slide the needle down

so that the stitches are at the needle

tip and then I'm going to use the

opposite end of the same needle to work

my stitches so let's finish up

the stitches for the second half of the

second sock and again just make sure

that this working yarn doesn't get

twisted around in between the front and

the back needle as you get started after

finishing the stitches for the second

sock make sure the working yarn is at

the back and above both the front and

back needles then you can slide that

second sock down and out of the way and

then it's time to finish up knitting the

remaining stitches for the first sock

and again as you get started here just

make sure that your working yarn doesn't

get tangled around down here in this gap

between the two socks and knit across

the remaining stitches for the first

sock now that you know how to manage

your needles and your yarn for knitting

two at a time socks in the round let's

talk about what happens when you get to

the heel and you need to work in rows

unless you're using an afterthought heel

you're going to knit at least a few rows

to shape the heels of your socks but

don't worry there's no need to shift

your socks on two different knitting

needles for that shaping if you're

working in a full rows across like for a

heel flap the rows for both socks can be

knit at exactly the same time a

right-side row is worked exactly like

knitting half of a round when you get to

the end of the row you rotate your work

and it then instead of continuing on in

the round you would knit back across on

the wrong side of the row short rows are

going to be just a little bit different

this would apply to the turn heel

section of a gusset or flap and gusset

heel or heels that are created

completely with short rows in those

cases you

work the entire short row section which

may also include picking up stitches

along the first side of the heel flap

for the first sock then when you're done

and you're working yard for the first

sock is at the side you can pick up the

working yarn for the second sock and

knit this short row section once that's

done you can resume knitting in the

round I hope you enjoyed learning how to

knit two at a time socks on one circular

needle with the Magic Loop method or on

two circular needles if you did make

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