And then you remember – you haven't worked the second one yet....
Oh gloom. The Second‐Sock Syndrome has settled over you. You have to start all over again and do another cuff, then another heel and all the way down the foot again. Or consign the first one to the Lonely Sock Basket waiting for a partner that never appears.
You do need two circular needles or sets of dpn's of the same size, but if you're anything like me that won't be an issue. I always like to have back‐up needles anyway, so they're on hand if I want to use them both at the same time.
So, first you cast on for one and start the cuff, then cast on for the second and get it to catch up and overtake the first. Now there is a race on: which one is going to finish the cuff first? I have some "Needle Keepers" to protect my needles so I have the green tube on one sock and the pink one on the other. Will the green sock succeed and get to the leg first or the pink?
OK, I have mentioned before that I am easily amused. And yes, I did use to play myself at chess. It's surprising how satisfying that is, if you haven't tried it!
Now it's the race down the foot. Just make sure that one of them doesn't make a mad sprint to the toe before the other can catch up.
Then one toe, and now the next. Then it's time to find your tapestry needle for the dreaded graft of the toes (Kitchener Stitch as it used to be called). Once again you might be surprised at how easy the second one seems once you have done the first. It's all a matter of recalling the skills that you had last time you made a sock, isn't it.
And there you are. Two socks finished in double quick time. Now you really can wear them tomorrow!
Btw #2, I have just updated the pattern with the details of the cuff I have worked here. I’ll post some more details about that next time too, so please click the link below to read the next instalment!
Until next time – Happy Sock Knitting!
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