CLASS SOCK; kNITTING TWO ITEMS SIDE BY SIDE

No Rogue progress. My knitting time is consumed with class-related experimentation. Here’s the surviving result:

No surprise. It’s a sock knit from leftovers of the same DK-weight Regia 6-Ply Crazy Color yarn I used for The Small One’s Crazy Raglan. It’s on a single US #3 size 40-inch circ. I’m working these socks at this (for me) giant gauge so I can get in as much experimentation as possible before the actual class.

I’ve been experimenting with various heels, trying to decide which will be the easiest "classic heel" to use in the workshop for our knit-together project. I’m doing this because I’ve been told that the majority of people who have signed up have never made socks before. Some have never even knit in the round. I want the class to get through the danger spots of sock construction – cast on, a heel and a toe.

What you see above is a simple Dutch heel. It’s not as form-fitting as a round or other more finely shaped heel, but of all the turned heels (as opposed to short-row heels), I think it will be the simplest to both describe and work.

I’m still waffling between showing the heel worked entirely on one side of the sock, with the cable needle looping out done at the left and right of the piece, or re-assorting the stitches after completion of picking up along the sides of the gusset, then working the rest of the sock with the looping out at the center top and bottom of the foot. And as you can see, I’ve not yet experimented with toes. That’s next. Toes may be the kicker on stitch reapportionment. If I’m getting too much laddering with the split on the sides as established, I might re-engineer my thought and move the stitches around either immediately after completion of the final gusset row, just before the toe itself, or back before the gusset decreases are started. And that means that the poor sock you see above will cease to exist in the current form, and be sacrificed to the minor gods of ripping back.

Two items side by side on two circs

An anonymous person asked if I could show or explain how to do two things side by side on two circs.

I have to admit, I cheat somewhat because casting two items on side by side can make for confusion and twisted cast-on rows. I begin each item individually and work the first row before mounting my two items side by side. After I’ve got a scrap of knitting, i divide the stitches in half. I thread the first half of Item A onto a circ, followed by the first half of item B. Then I take a second circ and thread the other half of item B onto it, followed by the second half of Item A’s stitches.

I now have a piece that should look (more or less) like the drawing above. I work across the front side of item A, knitting from it’s own ball of yarn. Then I drop that strand, pick up the other and work across the front side of item B. When I finish the last stitch of this side of B, I flip the whole thing over, and using the same B yarn, work back along the reverse of B. Then I drop that strand, pick up the A yarn and work the back side of Item A. At the conclusion of this cycle, I will have completed a full round on both A and B, and have both strands of yarn back in the positions shown in the illustration.

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  1. […] that I’m in the post sleeve cap arm section, I am knitting both sleeves at the same time, using the two-circ method.  This will guarantee that they are both the same length and […]

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