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Posted by Caroline Hershey

Knitting Two Socks at One Time

You have gotten into the rhythm of knitting two socks at one time working across ½ of 1st sock, ½ of 2nd sock, turning work, working across other ½ of 2nd sock, last ½ of 1st sock.
Heelflap

Now, what to do about the heel??? Your stitches are divided, all the instep stitches are on one side and the all the heel stitches are on the other. And just like when you are knitting a single sock, you will ignore the instep stitches until you have completed the heel flap.

Work back and forth on the first sock to complete the heel flap and heel turn and pickup gusset stitches on one side before moving on to the other sock.

Pick Up StitchesAfter completing the heel flap and picking up one side of the gusset stitches on the first sock, move to the 2nd sock and work the heel flap, heel turn and pick up gusset stitches on one side. Turn your work. Knit across the instep stitches of sock 2 and then sock 1. Turn your work again and pick up and knit the stitches for the other side of the gusset on the heel needle for sock 1. Knit across stitches on heel needle. Do the same for sock 2, picking up the gusset stitches and knitting across heel.

There will be a lot of stitches on the heel side but only for a short while. Work your heel as you would a single sock. After picking up all the gusset stitches, knit one round plain (heel and instep stitches) and then begin your gusset decreases as usual – you will do your gusset decreases on the heel needle (K2tog on one side, SSK on the other) until there are the same number of stitches as on the instep needle.

Toe DecreasesAfter decreasing until the same number of stitches are on heel and instep sides, work the length of sock needed, always knitting across 1 side of sock 1 and 2, turning your work and knitting across the other side of sock 2 and 1.

When you have the length of foot you need (usually minus two inches to begin the toe decreases) begin toe decreases. Your stitches are set up so you are knitting across the top or the bottom of each sock. Be sure to do decreases on both socks as you work across.
When you have decreased to the number of stitches required in the pattern you are using, then kitchener stitch your socks.

And there you have finished two socks, a pair
! No more orphans, no more groaning and moaning about the second sock. No stack of single socks falling out of your stash bin making you feel guilty. It really is the way to knit socks! To see these finished socks, look in the Finished Projects Gallery and see baby Caroline in her new socks. She obviously thinks they taste better than they look!

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