Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles

I finally finished the River Rapids Sock. I was so excited because this was the first time using two cable needles. I am a die hard double point needle person, but I really liked this method. I had a bit of a problem picking up stitches at the heel, but did overcome it and the socks came out fine. It does take longer to knit, but then you are knitting two socks at a time and when you are finished, both socks are done. The trick is to use two different kinds of circular needles so you don't get mixed up. Another tip is to put the two balls of yarn in a plastic bag while you knit. It helps to control the yarn. I used size 2 needles (Knitpicks) and Indie Dyer yarn for this sock.

River Rapids Sock - Completed
I love the heel on this sock. It looks like a star pattern.
River Rapids Sock - Heel
So, I jumped on the bandwagen and started another pair of socks on two needles. This time I am knitting a basic stockinette sock using Sereknity yarn in the color vineyard. It's a light sportweight yarn and I love the feel of it. I am using size 2 needles. I ran into a problem casting this sock on the needles. I was getting a gap at the one side of the join. After casting on three times and ripping out the stitches, I cast onto double points, knit two rows and transferred the stitches to the circulars. How is that for determination?
Sereknity Basic Sock - Vineyard
I also worked on dishcloths last week. I finished the October KAL for my dishcloth group. The pattern is Frankenstein's Monster Cloth by brileyknits. I used size 7 needles with Peaches and Creme yarn in olive green. I enjoyed knitting this cloth and the size was smaller than other cloths that I have made before.
October KAL - Frankie
I also completed the dishcloth from Rachel's Knitting Group. The pattern is called Zig with a bit of Zag by Noreen Hunter Talbot. I used size 6 needles with Sugar and Cream yarn in cornflower blue. This pattern was really fun to knit. The size was much larger than any other that I have knit before.
Rachels September KAL
My knitting class started another dishcloth for the month of October. It's the Starfish washcloth pattern. I am using size 7 needles with Sugar and Cream pinky stripes. I am enjoying the short rows on this dishcloth.
Starfish Washcloth
Last, but not least, I started on a prayer shawl. I'm not sure who I am going to give this to, but I have wanted to knit one for awhile. It's the standard pattern for a prayer shawl from the Prayer Shawl Ministry (knit 3, purl 3). I am using Lion Brand Homespun yarn in candy apple red with size 11 needles.
Prayer Shawl - Homespun - Candy Apple
Off to knit some more!


Deb said...

Whew! You've been busy! Love the socks. I've been knitting my socks on 2-Cirs for a while now. I can't wait to see your shawl.

Jill L said...

congrats on thenew sock technique and other great knits!

Alrischa said...

I've never been tempted to knit a washcloth until I clicked on the link and saw how the star will end up... I love it! How do washcloths wear? (I don't think I could bear to use such a cute one on my little boy's grotty face!!)

I love the idea of two socks on two circulars. I will have to try that one day, if I get addicted to socks. At the moment socks seem to take me so long, and I have so many other things I want to make. I think the plain ones will go much faster for you, now that you've cast on!

Karin said...

The washcloths wear well, but may shrink and fade in color. They are so fun because they are quick and teach you new stitches.

You must try the two socks on two needles.