2 Socks on 2 Circs pattern

Posted: September 26, 2007 in FREE PATTERNS, Main Page

2 Socks on 2 Circs

Taught by Chauntel

Materials needed:

Yarn: any sport weight yarn, approx. 300 yards wound into 2 separate balls

I am using Kathmandu DK, 2 balls

Needles: 2 24” circular needles in size 4 US

set of dpn’s size 4 US to be used as holders

Darning needle: for kitchener stitch

Gauge: 6 sts per inch

Sock sizes: womens 8”, (9”, 10”) leg circumference

if in doubt work one size smaller so it is snug & not falling down your leg

  • Using first ball of yarn, CO 44 (48, 52) sts onto first circular needle.DSC02510

  • Now move the sts to the left end of the needle like this:DSC02511

  • Now transfer half of the sts to the second circular needle and move all sts on both needles down to the right side end, so it looks like this:DSC02513

    Note: Needle 1 (N1) is the needle with the second half of the stitches- without the yarn tail from the cast on, these are the heel sts.

    Needle 2 (N2) is the needle with the half of the sts with the yarn tail from the cast on and the working yarn, these are the instep sts.

  • Position needles in front of you so that N2 is in the back (as show in the picture above), N1 is in front.

  • Now using the other end of N1, CO 44 (48, 52) sts from the second ball of yarn.DSC02517

  • Slide half of the sts to N2 just like we did with the first set of sts. Move all the sts onto the cables as pictured below, making sure to keep the cast on edge to the center so you do not get twisted.DSC02520
  • Now, being careful not to twist, join yarn on sock 1 (the sock on the right) using N1as follows: pulling on the left side of N1, scoot the sts onto the right side needle tip. Now pick up the left end of N1 and using these two needles, making sure the working yarn is coming between the two needles not wrapping around either needle, start knitting in 2×2 rib (k2, p2 across).

    Note: N2 is going to hang across the back acting as a stitch holder for the second half of the sock sts.

  • Repeat across sock #2 (the sock on the left).

  • Now turn your work so you can repeat across N2.

    One round is now complete.

  • Continue to turn after working both socks.

    Note: At the start of each ½ round your working yarn should always be on the back needle, right hand side or top-right.

  • Work ribbing for 2”.

  • Switch to stockinette st (knitting all sts around). Work leg for an additional 4” (6” total from cast on edge).

    Heel flap:

  • Using only N1, sl1st, *k1, sl1pw*, rep *to* around, end k1

  • Turn, sl1st, purl across

  • Repeat those 2 rows until heel flap measures 2 2/3”- 3”. End with a purl row.

Turning the heel:

    Now, working one sock heel at a time, we are going to turn the heel and pick up gusset stitches.

  • Hold work with right side facing

  • Starting with sock 1, sl1, knit half of your total heel flap sts 22 (24, 26), ssk, k1, turn

  • sl1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn

  • *sl1, k to 1 st before gap, ssk to close gap, k1, turn

  • *sl1, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog to close gap, p1, turn

    Repeat last 2* rows until all heel sts have been worked, ending with a knit row.

  • Using N1, pick up sts (using the sl st along edge of heel flap).

  • Now move to the second sock, turn heel & pick up sts along one side, the same as with the first sock.

  • Switch to N2, knit across the instep sts of sock 2.

  • Using a dpn, pu sts along other heel flap edge. Leave these sts on the dpn for now.

  • Work across the instep sts on sock 1. Again, pu sts along edge as on sock 2.

  • Using N1, move sts from spare needle over. Knit to center of heel sts, place marker (this now denotes the start of every round).

  • Knit across the heel sts to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

  • Sock 2, move sts from spare needle to right hand needle. Knit to center, place marker, *k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

    Note: now all of your heel sts are back onto N2 and all instep sts are on N1

    Gusset decreases:

  • N2: Knit instep sts on both socks

  • N1: K1, ssk, k across heel sts to marker

    That is the end of a decrease round on sock 1.

  • Still on N1, knit the second half of the heel sts on sock 1.

  • Move to sock 2, k1, ssk, k across heel sts to marker

    That is the end of a decrease round on sock 2.

  • Still on N1, knit the second half of the heel sts on sock 2.

    Note: I know this sounds confusing as to where the decrease round and knit rounds start and finish. Another way to visualize this is to make a diagram of each round.

  • You will continue with these 2 rounds, a decrease round and a knit round until you have decreased away all of your gusset sts and have returned to your original stitch count, 44 (48, 52).

  • Now you can work the feet of the socks in stockinette st until it measures 2” from desired length. Or you can follow the general sizing I give below.

    6 1/2”- womens size 7

    7”- womens size 8

    7 1/2”- womens size 9

    8”- womens size 10

  • Shape the toe in whatever way pleases you most!!!

VOILA!

YOU HAVE FINISHED 2 SOCKS AT ONCE!

PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK & HAVE A TREAT!

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Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s amazing!!!
    Thanks Chauntel!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Suzanne!

    It’s the pattern I designed for teaching my class at Knit & Pearl. It’s been pretty successful!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I use 2 circs for about anything I can since I went to a Socks that Soar class. Now you have made it even more interesting. A great idea. I know I’m not the only one that finishes a sock and is so excited by it only to face the fact that I need to make the other one! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Okay, you must, must try the magic loop. It’s so much better than 2 circs! I never use the 2 circs when I have a 32″ needle free to use for the magic loop. There are more tutorials online for circular knitting on 1 long needle (advertised name is Magic Loop, not sure if it’s copyrighted or not).