Business As Usual

The highlight of the week has to be my new needles arriving. I ordered a 47″ fixed circular needles (US size 1) from Knit Picks last week and they arrived on Tuesday. I selected these specifically to make socks two-at-a-time. If you haven’t heard of or gone on the Knit Picks website you need to get there ASAP (plus there is a sale going on!). I like the affordable needles and other tools they offer. Nothing beats knitting needles for around $5 a set.

My first two-at-a-time endeavor will be… the  Business Casual Socks by Tanis Lavallee. It has been in my queue for awhile. I got out my leftover Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn (in Mustard) and got to work. The pattern calls for DPNs, but I really don’t like using them. So I decided to try Two-at-a-Time Magic loop.The guide on Jimmy Beans Wool has a video and written instructions. I love that internet videos are so readily available for all things knitting (yay technology!), but sometimes videos confuse me.  The added visual support of written instructions is super nice. This method was a little tricky. It took me about 30 minutes to get my socks cast-on and to complete one row. I think the tricky part was managing the rather long circular needle. Since you are using two balls of yarn and the longer circular, things can get quite tangled. However, I got myself straightened out and now I have almost the whole cuff completed!

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I can’t wait to see how these socks come out. Check back for progress!

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4 thoughts on “Business As Usual

  1. I will be following your progress! I still haven’t been brave enough to try the magic loop. I’m anxious to see how you handle the heel part. I just can’t get my mind around it! AND you’re doing top down, not toe up! I use the small 9-inch circulars for my socks and use dpns for the heel. It works for me and it’s comfortable but I love learning new techniques. Keep us posted!
    PS. Love the bright color too!

    • Thanks! I am curious about the heel turn myself. You have defiantly inspired a post about it :). I highly recommend magic loop…it has pretty much changed how I knit circular/tube shaped object.

  2. I am gearing up to knit socks, too. Two years ago, I knit one pair top-down, two-at-a-time (on the same exact needles you are using) and when it got to the heel part, I think I did each individually? It was my first time turning a heel and working a gusset. I did eye-of-partridge for the heel so I think it was just better for my focus to just work one at a time. But I am thinking of trying toe-up for this next pair. I just am having a hard time picking a pattern, and I want to do two-at-a-time again. There’s too many gorgeous sock patterns out there!

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