A New Strategy, Part II

I’m on to Sock #1 of Pair #2 (read this entry for background info) Like a new love affair, things are off to a blissful start. The yarn is gorgeous and refreshing, the pattern is simple yet interesting enough to keep my brain engaged, and the whole thing is knitting up really fast.


  • Yarn: Oceanwind Knits Merino in Shiraz
  • Needles: Size 2 double points
  • Pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks from Favorite Socks by Interweave Press
  • Modifications: Plain 1×1 ribbed cuff, and simple stockinette toe with Kitchener seam.

There has been one tricky bit that I hadn’t encountered in a pattern before: a yarnover before purl stitches. To do a yarnover, you bring the yarn to the front of your work and typically follow with a knit stitch. This creates an extra stitch that, in this case, results in the open work lace effect. So I had to figure out how to bring the yarn forward, and then leave it forward for the next purl stitch, while adding a stitch! It’s not that complicated, but it threw me for a loop (pun intended) the first couple of times. I did it my own way by bringing the yarn forward, then wrapping it over the right needle and bringing it forward again. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience to look these things up and like to improvise!

I think my new sock strategy is working well so far. I was able to finish the first sock last night, and am actually looking forward to getting back to the previous pair and finishing up! And for now, who says a pair of socks has to match?


My second crack at the Kitchener seam went much better.


How do you knit your socks? Circular needles, double points, 2 at a time, toe up, cuff down? And do you finish a pair before starting another, or do can you leave a single sock waiting for its mate? I’m interested in the habits of sock knitters and would love to hear from you!


5 thoughts on “A New Strategy, Part II

  1. I knit all my socks toe-up on two circs…

    I avoid SSS by knitting the first sock to just past the heel, then I put it on stitch holders. I start and finish the second sock, then when its time to go back to the first one, I’m already over half way done. A silly mind-trick, but it works… so far I have no single socks!

    (And I am getting stupidly antsy about the cruise. I went all out on excursions, and will probably be exhausted in the best possible way by the time we get back.)

  2. I just recently started knitting socks. The only way I’ve done it so far is always 2 at a time (because I have these ideas in my head about SSS and knitting the second one in a different gauge, or maybe changing something in the pattern as I go and not being able to remember it on the second sock, running out of yarn .. the list of anxieties goes on).

    Anyway, it’s worked very well for me after getting over the initial hump of how to get started. I knit the first pair on two circulars, then the next using magic loop (one long circ), both times doing 2 socks at a time.

    I learned most of what I needed to try it from knittinghelp.com (their CD has her knitting an entire sock, which is excellent, leaving nothing to the imagination) and from the Sensational Knitted Socks book which does mention the two methods I’ve been using but for one sock at a time. The hard part of doing two at once is if you want to rotate the socks so that instead of dividing them between front and back, you have them divided side to side on the needle(s). Sometimes it gets impossibly confusing to rotate them so I just remove one sock onto another needle (or you could use yarn), then rotate one, then pick up the other so I figure I can always find a way to do it.

    The great thing about two socks at once for me, is that when I get near the end, I can try them both on, and maybe even unravel a few rows so that both look like they’re the same length, then put them back on and start decreasing for the toe (again – I never seem to start decreasing at the right place and they get too long). I can do this as often as I need until I get them right. I can’t imagine how I’d do it if I knitted them one at a time – unless maybe I used chelsea’s method above and didn’t complete the first sock so I could do the fitting together at the end. (Looks like a neat idea).

    I’m new to sock knitting but I’m hooked now. So portable and can be very relaxing to make.

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