Here is a great video tutorial by Liat Gat of Knitting Superstar, giving you and overview of how to knit toe-up socks.
Toe-up socks are a fun, portable, and gift-able project, and the perfect way to learn and practice the techniques that are going to take you to Knitting Superstardom.
What is toe-up?
Making socks from the toe-up is the norm in most European countries, but it is less prevalent in America. The sock is simply constructed starting at the toe and ending with the cuff.
Knitting socks from the toe-up enables you to use all the yarn you have, without ever worrying about running out before you finish, like you might with a traditional top-down sock.
It even lets you use leftover yarn to make ankle- and slipper-socks, without having to guess how long you should make the cuff.
In fact, you can go the opposite route and make knee-socks, showing off today’s lovely patterned yarns for 11-12 inched of gorgeous sock! Again, without ever having to guess ahead of time how long you need to make the cuff.
What is two-at-a-time?
Making socks two-at-a-time (abbreviate 2@at) is a fantastic new technique made possible by the discovery of Magic Loop and the 2 Circs methods.
Using a clever cast-on, you simply work alternately from two balls of yarn to make both socks (or two of anything knitted in the round, for that matter) at the same time, on one set of needles.
With two-at-a-time, you won’t ever have to guess how much yarn you’ll need for one sock. Simply wind the yarn into two balls of equal weight, and you’ll have the right amount! In a pinch, you can even knit off both ends of one ball of yarn.
Whether it’s because knitting a second sock is less enjoyable than knitting the first, or not, knitting socks one at a time feels like it’s going slow.
You’re just never as excited to knit the second one. On top of skipping the dread that accompanies “second-sock syndrome,” you skip all the measuring, counting, thinking, and preparing that you’d have to do all over again on the second sock, and, amazingly, knitting two socks at once takes only about 50% more time than knitting one sock!
In addition, both socks will come out exactly the same – same length, circumference, and shape, without any extra thinking on your part.
You won’t ever have to measure one cuff and then try to duplicate it on the next sock, which brings me to everyone’s favorite reason…
With two-at-a-time, when you’re done, you’re truly done. No more thinking, “Yay! Now all I have to do is do it all over again…” You’ll bind off and put the pair of socks directly on your feet, and skip happily to the yarn store to start a new project.
This video tutorial was created and is brought to you by Liat Gat, the web’s premier knitting instructor, who is also the creator of the most comprehesive video knitting course around: Become a Knitting Superstar.
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