Knit socks two at a time for double the fun

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I take my knitting with me whenever I can, and I’m not shy about knitting in public. Knitting can spark the most interesting conversations, don’t you think? The most bewildered looks and curious questions come when I’m knitting two-at-a-time socks on two circular needles, a technique I learned from Antje Gillingham’s book Knitting Circles around Socks. The project-in-process can appear baffling, but once you understand the logic behind the technique, it’s a breeze to learn.

Fixation on Lace knitted socks
“Fixation on Lace” from
Knitting Circles around Socks

For me, knitting with two circular needles was the key to successful sock knitting. Either dropping needles or poking myself, I was a disaster with double-pointed needles, and even with a circular needle I couldn’t seem to finish a second sock. But two at a time? It didn’t take long to convince me this was the way to go, and it’s become one of my favorite knitting techniques.

In Antje’s second book, Knitting More Circles around Socks, she introduced her technique for two-at-a-time, toe-up socks, and I was over the moon. This is now my favorite sock-knitting method: I can try the socks on as I go and I don’t have yarn left over.

Women's basic toe-up socks
“Women’s Basic Toe-Up Sock” from
Knitting More Circles around Socks
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Mary's basic toe-up socks
My first toe-up socks, made from
Knitting More Circles around Socks


Is it a row or is it a round? According to Antje, this is the question her students struggle with most. Here, she explains the basic concept for knitting two-at-a-time on two circular needles.
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Knitting row or round?

“Is it a row or is it a round? Well, it’s both! Each sock is divided into two halves, with half the stitches on each needle. When you begin to knit, you’ll work two halves on one needle, which is a row. When you get to the end of the second sock on one needle, you turn your work (this is one half of the round) and knit the other two halves, once again in a row. At the end, you’ve completed two rows, which equal one complete round.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s all there is to it.

Want more two-at-a-time fun? Think mittens, leg warmers, and fingerless mitts.

Knitting Circles around Socks Knitting More Circles around Socks Knitting Circles around Mittens and More

You can even use the same two-needle concept to knit hats and anything else that’s round; I’ve even used it to make the arms and legs of stuffies for my grandchildren.

Buy the eBook versions of any of Antje’s books and you can start learning the two-at-a-time technique just minutes from now!

What’s your favorite sock-knitting technique? Tell us in the comments!

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