How I Learned to Knit Socks on Two Circular Needles

Over the years I’ve had several knitters ask me how I learned to knit socks on two circular needles and if I’ve tried other methods or techniques.  I’ve tried Magic Loop and knitting two at a time, but found the whole process cumbersome and tiring, but please know, that’s just me and everyone has there own way of knitting.

So about knitting on two circular needles.  I started knitting socks about six years ago and like everyone out there, or most everyone, I learned to knit on DPNs.

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Courtesy of Amazon.com

I got tired of being poked with DPNs every time I started knitting socks and I also tired of having ladders down my socks.  I decided to make a change and picked up a copy of  Cat Bordhi’s Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns.

I found this book easy to follow and understand and started knitting on two circulars about five years ago, and never looked back.  I knit all my socks on two circular needles and have learned to adapt many patterns to meet this method.  Once you learn, you can knit just about any sock pattern on two circulars!

I also use two addi Turbo Sock Rockets 16-inch (40cm) Circular Knitting Needle in size US 1 (2.50 mm).  Every knitter has their own personal views on needles, but I love Addi needles and use them as often as possible, especially for sock knitting and lace knitting.

For those of you who are interested, Cat has a YouTube video available on how to learn to knit on two circular needles that you might find useful as well.

Until next time, happy knitting!

Guess What’s On My Needles Now ?

I already know many of you know what’s now on my needles is my 8th pair of socks, but for those of you who do not know, I casted on Spring Forward by Linda Welch  this weekend.

For this sock project I’m using two lovely skeins of yarn my dearest friend in England sent to me, Sock Wool by Elle, 100% super wash wool in the colorway called Poppy. This yarn is scrumptious and sooooo soft, and the pattern is perfect for memorizing.

 

Since I took this photo, I have finished another repeat and just about ready to start the heel.  I have a feeling this will be a quick sock knit for me :)

I also have made my yarn choice for Lara’s Stash Bash Shawl Kal and I’m excited about casting on soon!  All my yarn is from my stash, including a little bit leftover from socks I made a few of months ago.

In the photo:

  • 50 grams of leftover Springtree Road Muscadine Antique Rose (on the top)
  • 1 Skein of Anzula Squishy (on the left) in the colorway Tan
  • 2 Skeins of Aslan Trends Santa Fe (on the right) in the colorway #1324

Now back to sock knitting and listening to my favorite Spanish guitarist – Ottmar Liebert.

Friday’s FO’s … My Socks Are Done!

Exactly one month later I have a 7th pair of socks off the needles.  I love how they turned out and they fit perfectly!

 

Here’s how I made my Plain Vanilla Sock Please ….

I casted on 64 stitches and divided over two size US 1 16″ circular needles and then worked a k1,p1 rib for 10 rounds (1”)

For Leg: 5” in stockinette

For Heel: I used a slipped stitch heel worked over 32 stitches for a length of 2”.

Turning the heel: Used a standard method as follows:
Row 1: (RS) sl 1, k16, ssk, k1, turn
Row 2: (WS) sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: sl1, k4, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4: sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 5: sl1, k6, ssk, k1, turn Row 6: sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn

Continued until all the stitches had been used and the heel turned. On the last row I knit across all heel stitches

For Gusset: I picked up 16 stitches along the slipped stitches for each gusset edge. Stitches divided over two needles as follows: 9 heel stitches, 16 gusset stitches and 16 instep stitches for a total of 41 stitches on each needle (grand total of 82 stitches).

I worked the gusset decrease as usual –  but for circular needles, and on the first round, and on the first circular needed,  I knitted 13 stitches , then  K2 tog, K1, placed a stitch marker, then knitted 16 stitches; on the second circular needle, I knitted 16 stitches, placed a stitch marker then did a K1, SSK, and knitted the remaining 13 stitches.  The next round was knitted.  The following decrease round was worked by knitting to the last three stitches before the marker, K2  tog, k1, slip the marker, knit 16 and switch to the second needle, knit 16, slip the marker, K1, SSK and knit to the end.  This method was continued until there were a total of 32 stitches remaining on each needle.

Hope that makes sense.

For Instep: I worked a total of 7” of stockinette before starting the toe.

For Toe: I opted for a Mitten Toe – decreased as a standard toe until there were 10 stitches on each needle, then decreased every row until there were only 4 stitches on each needle.

 

I really love my socks and look forward to wearing them soon.

What did you finish this week?

Wednesday WIPs …

I’ve been knitting rather slowly lately but I have finally made progress on my second sock, Plain Vanilla Please, and hope to finish by Friday.  This will not be a perfect match to the first sock, but it will be close enough.

I’m also working on my Adult Fish Creek using my stash of Cascade 128 in Gray Tweed.  This is a very easy knit, just a slow knitter :)

What have you all been working on ?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

Pattern Spotlight: Stash Bash

Who loves a great stash busting project?  I know I do and today I have to share Lara’s fun new design, Stash Bash.  First of all when I saw this design on Lara’s FaceBook page, I instantly fell in love and had to see what I could find in my stash to make this project work.

Photo courtesy of Lara Smoot

As always, Lara provides a wonderfully written pattern that is easy to follow.  This is a charted pattern with written instructions for the set up rows as wells as instructions for changing colors, perfect for intermediate to advanced knitters, or beginner knitters who understand how to read charts.  This truly is a simple knit that can be so gratifying in so many ways!  Oh, be sure to check Beth’s test knit page for her color variation, it is gorgeous and I personally love her color combination!

From Ravelry:  Stash Bash comes in two versions: Mild or Wild. The Mild version was knitted with two full skeins of Kismet Fiber Works Fingering yarn. The Wild version was knitted with one full skein of Bugga and varying amounts of left over sock yarns. The pattern includes directions for both and how to adjust the sizing if you would like a larger or smaller shawl.

Yardage Requirements for using left over yarns:

416 (463) yards of yarn for the main color.

Contrasting Colors:

1. 4 gm/10 yards
2. 9 gm/15 yards
3. 12 gm/20 yards
4. 13 gm/25 yards
5. 15 gm/30 yards
6. 17 gm/35 yards
7. 19 gm/40 yards
8. 21 gm/45 yards
9. 23 gm/50 yards)

Please note that fingering weight yarns do tend to vary in weight a bit, so it is a good idea to have a little extra of each color. Not all fibers weigh the same :)   This is one of those fun projects where gauge is not critical to the outcome of the shawl. Keep in mind that if your gauge is different than what is called for that you may use more or less yarn and the size of your shawl will be affected.

To stay informed of Lara’s new releases and sneak peeks, be sure to follow her online at  FaceBook, Ravelry and on her blog,  Lara Smoot Designs.

Hurry, Lara is offering an introductory price of $2.99 ( Buy It Now ) that will end on November 5th, no coupon needed!   This great design is perfect for stash busting singles, as well as left over fingering weight yarn.  Be sure to join the fun in Lara’s group and join her Stash Bash KAL & Stash Down.

I’m off to check my stash ~  I’m even thinking handspun might be great for this project too!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

A Few New Goodies for My Stitching Habit

I am really enjoying needlework these days, especially embroidery and cross stitch.  I’ve been picking up a few fun designs to stitch over the last few weeks, one that I’m really excited about and may be a little crazy to start at this stage of the game, but it was calling to me!

A few weeks ago, my wonderful hubby took me to the Attic Needlework Shop over in Mesa.  This shop is AWESOME and you could spend a small fortune there too!  What a collection of patterns, fabrics, threads, framing and so much inspiration.  One complete wall is nothing but finished samplers that are beyond gorgeous.  I picked up a few little designs that I’ve wanted to make  for quite a while, and one I kitted out to start soon!IMG_0072

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I found a great new and re-sale cross stitch shop on Etsy call The Cross I Bare.  Paula has a great selection of new and gently used patterns, as well as a few kits.  From her shop I purchased a set of Drawn Thread Charts called a Spot of Spring, Spot of Summer, Spot of Autumn and Spot of Winter.  All brand new with charms!IMG_0069

From Ebay I purchased a fun set of Lizzie Kate charts that I think will be quick and great for sitting on my desk next year.

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Also from a second shop on eBay, I purchased two Little House Needleworks charts, Jessie Bell – Arizona Territory to celebrate the 100th birthday of the state of Arizona and My Dwelling Place.

Arizona Territory and My Dwelling Place

Arizona Territory and My Dwelling Place

Finally the chart I had to have, along with the embellishment pack  ….  At the Met by Nora Corbett (Mirabilia Designs).

Courtesy of Mirabilia Designs

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So I think I have enough projects to keep me busy for a while but I’m starting to realize that this could be another addictive craft.

Until next time … happy crafting!

Vacation Fun

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here on my blog but hubby and I took a week off for vacation last week.  We truly had a great time and it was a well needed rest for both of us.  I didn’t even knit, spin or do needlework this week!

What did we do … well, we had fun trying restaurants that we never had been too before, we saw Fury with Brad Pitt, an excellent World War II movie but very intense, we stopped into a favorite antique mall and came out with a few new treasures, and we went to a local farmer’s market.

But the high-light of our week was a visit to the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale.  I’ve never seen so many gorgeous butterflies.  I took over 100 photos, too many to share, but here’s a small sampling of what we got to see…

Hubby and I went to the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. What an awesome experience!

A photo posted by Tina Sanders (@azknitter) on

We also worked in our back yard and now have an almost maintenance free yard with desert landscaping.  Love it!

#azgardening the entire back yard from left to right 😊

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Then today I decided it was time to take off the closet doors in my craft room and turn it into an office area.  I’m so glad I did!!!

So what’s new in my crafting arena … well, I’m still working on my Plain Vanilla Please socks and I casted on Fish Creek by Melissa Schaschwary.  I love Melissa’s pattern, very straight forward and so far it’s knitting up quickly.  For this project I decided to stash bust and use my skeins of Cascade 128 Tweed in Gray.  I promise to take photos soon!

As far a stitching is concerned, I started a kit designed by Diane Arthur called Be Thankful.  I got this at my local Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and think it will look good in our kitchen.

Courtesy of ABC Stitch

Hope all of you have had a great week!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!