Posts Tagged ‘2-at-a-time’

So, my camera hadn’t been cooperating very well lately. Rather, it wasn’t cooperating at all. But now that we have a new camera, I can catch up with some FOs that needed photographing.

Mad Color Weave Socks in Araucania Ranco

  • Pattern: Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin
  • Yarn: Araucania Ranco, color #303
  • Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs, size U.S. 1 (2.25mm)
  • Started 7/5/10, finished 8/15/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I lovelovelove these socks. First of all, the pattern is gorgeous – looks way more complicated than it really is. The slip-stitch pattern works really well with handpainted, hand-dyed, and variegated yarns. I also really love this yarn. My former LYS (when I lived in PA) carried lots of this yarn for a while. It was all so beautiful, so I ended up buying several hanks in multiple colors (and even bought the same colorway twice, unintentionally). The yarn is especially beautiful with this pattern.

Hermione’s Everyday Socks – in Kollage Sock-A-Licious

  • Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
  • Yarn: Kollage Sock-A-Licious, colorway Blue Mist
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) – magic loop 2-at-a-time
  • Started 9/3/10, finished 10/23/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

This was the second time I knit socks using this pattern. However, this time I switched to knitting them toe-up instead of cuff-down (I followed Wendy D. Johnson’s Toe-Up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel pattern for the sole and heel). And, since I knit them 2-at-a-time on magic loop, I used my Addi circs, which are exactly .25mm larger than the size U.S. 1 DPNs I used the first time. Which means these came out huuuuuge. Plus, the yarn is part silk. Makes it feel really, really nice… but the socks stretch out and don’t snap back as well after washing as wool socks with no silk in them. But they’re great for winter when I need to wear two pairs of socks to shovel snow. I still love them, though.

Seeded Rib Socks – in Zitron Trekking Maxima

  • Pattern: Toe-up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel by Wendy D. Johnson; added my own seeded rib pattern made up on the fly.
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Maxima, color #902
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 0 (2.0mm) – magic loop but one at a time
  • Started 10/27/10, finished 2/12/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

After finishing up the second pair of Hermione socks, I needed a new pair on the needles for a travel project. I wasn’t sure which socks I wanted to knit next from my Ravelry queue, so I just started something plain and winged it. Ended up with a very nice seeded rib. This pattern would be great for men’s socks – actually, this yarn would be great for men’s socks as well. Like other Trekking yarns, it’s a good workhorse yarn with some nylon content for sturdiness. Very comfortable, and the seeded ribbing is very stretchy.

I’m knitting on several other things right now, but nothing I can share yet since they’re gifts.

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First off, I finished 2 pairs of socks recently.

Hopped Up On Catnip Socks

  • Pattern: Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints #9824
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm) Addi Turbo 40″ circular (magic loop 2-at-a-time)
  • Started 5/27/10, finished 6/13/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had been waiting a while to make these! They were part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry; since it’s one of Wendy’s free patterns, it took more than a year for it to get enough votes to be the free pattern of the month for the KAL. (And yes, I voted for it EVERY. FREAKIN’. MONTH.) And they worked up pretty quickly, too — just a little over two weeks. Not too shabby. I chose an all-too-appropriate green yarn… and it reminds me that I miss the catnip plant I had when we lived in PA. Hopefully our former neighbors’ cat is enjoying it (or maybe their dogs have eaten it by now?!).

Everyday Gecko Socks

(Well, look at that… more green socks.) I spotted this pattern several months ago, right around the same time Carin of Round the Twist started knitting it. I was looking for something simple, but with just a little bit of texture. Some of the handknit socks in my drawer are a little too “3-D” and I needed something a bit flatter. The yarn is one of my purchases from the 2010 NH Sheep & Wool Festival. The photo on the Holiday Yarns website appears to be slightly different than the skein I got — on the website, it seems to have more contrast between a darker green and a yellow shade. Mine appears to have some more subtle shading and an overall lime-green tone — which I like better than Holiday Yarns’ photo. Since this pattern is worked cuff-down, I broke from my usual 2-at-a-time method and knitted these one at a time on double points. These were so quick to knit (less than 2 weeks! woohoo!) that there was no risk of second sock syndrome (which is something I don’t normally have a problem with anyway). I’m very happy with how they turned out.

Also recently finished is the Firefly fringed scarf… but I really need to wash and block it first before taking photos. Right now it’s just a hot mess with the whole unraveled fringe thing going on.

So, those are the socks (and mention of the scarf). What about the secrets? Well, I also recently finished test-knitting 2 hats. “And that’s all I have to say about that” (for now). Pictures and info to come later this fall. Oh, and the other secret is gift knitting for a friend… which I really need to pick back up and work on once I finish the other pair of socks I’m a little more than 75% done with.

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Shocking, I know.


On-Hold Socks

  • Pattern: On-Hold Socks by Wendy D. Johnson (from the book, Socks from the Toe Up)
  • Size: Medium (66-stitch circumference)
  • Needles: US 0 (2.0mm), Magic Loop 2-at-a-time
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints, color 9872 (shades of blue ranging from dark slate to navy)
  • Techniques: Judy’s Magic Cast-on toe, slip-stitch heel, Russian bind-off (used US 1.5 (2.5mm) needle for bind-off)
  • Started 7/2/09, finished 7/21/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

This is definitely a pattern you need to pay attention to. While I didn’t have any major mistakes that required serious frogging, tinking, or ripping back in general, there were a couple of times when I had to either tink* back a whole row (or close to it) or pick up a stitch a couple rows down where I forgot to do a yarnover. Learning how to fix mistakes in your knitting without having to undo several entire rows is a valuable skill to have in your bag of tricks. Not something I’d want to do on a complicated, open lacework piece — because it would be really hard to avoid making it look totally awful — but for something small and less complicated like these socks it’s pretty handy.

Next on the list is some gift knitting, so no blogging about that until the items are gifted (and, um, I have to actually start them first). But there will probably be another pair of socks on the needles in August for the next monthly installment of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL. At least that should be bloggable!

*For my non-knitting, blog-reading friends, here’s a vocabulary lesson: “tink” is “knit” spelled backwards. Tinking is undoing your knitting one stitch at a time by un-knitting it, as if you were playing a video of your knitting in reverse. Oh, and “frogging” is when it’s so far gone you just have to “rippit”. Srsly. I am not making this up. These are Official Knitting Terms.

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I have just been dying to blog this one, but had to wait because it’s a Christmas gift for my nephew who just turned 1 year old on Christmas Eve.


Not a particularly attractive pic… hopefully I’ll have a modeled shot to add once Billy actually grows into it. This is the “Striped Top” pattern from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits. I cheated a little and used a self-patterning yarn (Trekking XXL sock yarn) instead of two shades of solid yarn alternating for stripes. The whole project went a little faster than I thought it would, considering it’s a seamed sweater and I had to reknit the neck/shoulder shaping on the back because I missed the “work on these stitches for 9 rows” part… twice (left and right sides). Plus, there were times when I had to let it sit to finish up other projects. And let’s not forget that I left it on the spare bed with blocking pins stuck in it for a whole week before I seamed it up all in one afternoon/night.

This is the 24-month size. Had there been an 18-month size in the pattern instructions, I would have made that. But it went right from 12 months to 24 months. And when checking the pattern measurements (of the finished sweater — and mine matches that) against Craft Yarn Council sizing standards (actual body measurements, so you need to allow for negative or positive ease, depending on what the item is), I think this is sized a bit large for 24 months. Granted, several of the photos in the book show the various garments looking a bit oversized on the kiddie models, but this one looked more normal. Anyway, CYC states the actual chest measurement of a 24-month-old child (for clothing sizing purposes) is 20 inches. The chest measurement of this sweater is 29.5 inches. I think nearly 10 inches of ease on a toddler garment may be just a wee bit too much, no? Well, at least the bright side is that he’ll eventually grow into it. Better that than make something he’s already outgrown!

billysweaterbuttons_xlI was also very happy to find just the perfect buttons for this. It would be a great sweater with jeans or olive/tan/brown pants, and the buttons (not sure if you can see it that well in the photo) have sort of a denim-y look to them as far as color and texture.

For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page for the sweater.

billyssweatersox_xlSince I had about half a ball of Trekking left over, I made a pair of socks to match the sweater. I decided to keep these on the larger side, too, in anticipation of him possibly wearing the sweater next fall/winter as well. These are just simple toe-up socks knit two at a time on magic loop, with a stockinette stitch foot, short-row heel and ribbed leg. Made the leg a bit long so they could be worn with or without a folded cuff.

Up next… I’ll be knitting a sweater (Ballerina Top from the same book as the sweater above) for a friend’s granddaughter who was just born last Friday. And I’ll finally be starting an adult-sized sweater for me as well. Hopefully that will turn out better than my first attempts at adult-sized sweaters!

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As promised, here’s the pattern I used for the class I taught on toe-up socks 2-at-a-time on magic loop!

  • This pattern is written for knitting 2 socks at a time on one long circular needle (magic loop). I recommend a needle at least 32” long – but I prefer a 40” circular needle for magic loop.
  • Pattern features a stockinette stitch foot, short-row heel with no wraps, a short ribbed leg, and rolled stockinette cuff. Pattern assumes you know Judy’s Magic Cast On (or other toe-up cast-on) — or follow the link provided to learn how.
  • Two sizes are offered for circumference: 0-12 months is approx. 4” sock circumference, unstretched; 12-36 months is approx. 5.25” sock circumference, unstretched. (The pattern calls for Cascade Fixation, which is very stretchy; the pattern is designed to work with the stretchiness.) To further adjust the fit of the sock, a sizing chart is offered in the pattern, listing child’s shoe size, approximate age, and suggested sock foot length.
  • Notions: long circular needle with a flexible cable (size US 5/3.75mm), stitch marker(s), darning/tapestry needle

If that sounds good to you, and you’d like to make these, go ahead and download the pattern (PDF format). Enjoy!

P.S. Here are the other two pairs of socks — the sample pair I had partway done for the class (blue), and the pair I started during class (pink).

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve finally released the Baby Fern Rib Socks pattern today! I’ve done quite a bit of tinkering with it since my first draft. First, I had two knitting friends test-knit for me (thanks again Bridget and Sandie!), then, after incorporating their comments, I decided to write a second version of the pattern for magic loop knitting 2-at-a-time on one long circular needle. And then, after hearing how at least one of my knitting buddies (coughKriscough) hates short-row heels with wrapped stitches, I wrote a second heel option into the pattern that uses a different method to close up the gaps that doesn’t require wrapping or picking up wraps.

I’m currently knitting my sock-length pair 2-at-a-time on magic loop, and will post additional photos when those are done. So for now, you’ll just have to look at the anklet version again.

The two versions of the pattern are available as PDF downloads through Ravelry. You don’t have to be a Ravelry member to purchase, but Ravelry members also have the option to save the PDF in their Ravelry library. (If you’re a knitter, crocheter, spinner or yarnie and haven’t signed up for Ravelry yet, what the heck are you waiting for?! Go. Now. Sign up!)

Ravelry Links:
Baby Fern Rib Socks (DPN version) pattern page

Baby Fern Rib Socks (magic loop 2-at-a-time version) pattern page

$5.00 (U.S. currency)

This toe-up sock with a short-row heel features columns of baby fern stitch separated by columns of ribbing. The stretchy stitch motif combined with a stretchy yarn makes for a pretty stretchy sock. For anklets in U.S. Ladies size 8.5 or smaller, only 1 ball of Patons stretch socks is needed (assuming you unravel any gauge swatch and re-use it for the finished socks). For anklets larger than U.S. Ladies size 8.5, or for longer socks, you’ll need 2 balls of Patons stretch socks. (Or substitute the same yardage of another stretchy fingering-weight yarn.) Pattern includes two different short-row heels — one with wraps and one without.

Please feel free to contact me at lynnioknits [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions or comments about this or any of my other patterns.

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Just when I thought maybe I was done knitting Fla-Vor-Ice Cozies, my coworker Brian returned from vacation and witnessed Rose and I using ours. Of course, his preschool-aged daughter has the same intolerance for cold hands while enjoying a frozen treat… so I said I would make one for her. I am pleased to present Brianna’s Fla-Vor-Ice Cozy:

  • Yarn: ONline Supersocke Summer Color, colorway #1040 (leftover from Spiral Eyelet Socks)
  • Needle: US 4 Addi Turbo, 40″
  • Pattern: Mostly K2 P2 ribbing. In the middle I did 1 purl row, 1 knit row, 1 purl row, 1 knit row, then *YO, SSK [repeat from * to end of round], 1 knit row, 1 purl row, 1 knit row, 1 purl row.

Did the first half of it on the drive up to visit Craig’s sister and our nephew yesterday, and finished the rest at home today while watching The Scorpion King (man, did I ever need these two days off…).

Next up, my first pair of Monkeys. I started them on August 10th. The yarn is Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool sock yarn, Thoroughbred colorway (it’s mostly shades of brown, but I love how it has a hint of pink here and there). I’m loving knitting with this yarn — it’s so soft and squishy, and I just know it will feel great on my feet when the socks are done. I’m calling them Fearless Monkeys, first because of the yarn, and second because I am fearlessly knitting them two at a time on magic loop.

This has become my favorite technique for socks at the moment. No worrying about making sure I do the same number of repeats on a foot, leg, cuff, etc.! And best of all, both socks are done at the same time — not that I have much trouble with second sock syndrome, but sometimes it takes me a little longer to finish a second sock (Baby Fern – Rib Anklets, I’m looking at you!). Granted, there are some patterns this technique just does not work with — for example, any pattern where you need to shift stitches from one needle to the next to do a decrease or some such thing — but for the Monkeys it seems to be working just fine.

I’ve also started another pair of footies for Mom — no surprise there, since she knew I would be making her some more. Just started them today. But in order to keep some small element of surprise for her, I won’t post a picture here till they’ve been gifted.

Now that I have the feedback on the Baby Fern – Rib socks from my test knitters, I’m tweaking and finalizing the pattern. I’ve also written a second version of it for (wow, you never would have guessed this) two at a time on magic loop. I will be test knitting that version myself, using more of the Patons Stretch Socks yarn (this time in the Olive colorway, so appropriate for the pattern name).

And all of this knitting seems to be an elaborate scheme to avoid working on the set of handwoven placemats I really need to finish (and actually haven’t even started yet). I guess it would be a good idea to quit procrastinating, since I need to have them done before September 13th! (OMG THAT’S ONLY 3 WEEKS FROM NOW!) Yeah, I’ll get them done… but I MUST start them tomorrow.

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