NEEDLES & KNITS
When you start to become interested in knitting socks, you’ll soon be told about a frightening disease that seems to affect the majority of the population: the SSS a.k.a the “Second Sock Syndrome“. Some of us decide to use a technique with the scary name of 2AAT whose name simply means “2 At A Time” or “2 at once”.
You are making two socks at the same time, on two circular needles; so when you're done, you're done! No need to keep track on the first sock to make sure the second sock comes out the same length.
As long as you do the same thing on each sock in each round (e.g. increase at each beginning and end of the round in one row!), you never have to worry about keeping track of how many rows your foot/leg/cuff are, or where you've increased, where you've forgotten to increase, and where you made up for your forgotten increase. Your socks will turn out the same.
Some say this process takes longer and is a little harder to grasp at first (L.K. said it took her five classes to finally get the process, challenging at first but most satisfying when done ) but once you get it you have this new skill forever and I would never go back to knitting one sock at a time.
To simplify the teaching process I ask the students to knit the two socks with two different colours. It makes life easier to begin with.
This technique also works great on sleeves and mittens or even hats.
Knitters often start by learning one style of knitting, and the most common is either English style knitting or continental style knitting, and the preference often depends on your teachers preference :)
Though my preference is to teach the continental style, I can still help those who choose the English style as easily as the continental knitters. If you are interested you can get one on one private lessons with me.
Below is an article by Ashley Little about the difference between these two common styles of knitting
The Battle of English vs. Continental Knitting
By Ashley Little
February 12, 2014
Whether you’ve realized it or not, knitters do not all knit in the same way. I’m not just talking about how you hold your needles. Think about which hand you hold the yarn in, the tension you use when knitting, and where your yarn is coming from. Do your knitting friends knit in this same way? Probably not!
All these little things — from how you wrap your yarn around the needle to which hand the yarn is in — help determine your knitting style. But let’s focus solely on English vs. Continental knitting styles for a second.
Some knitters fiercely believe in one style over the other, but there’s no need to choose one style over the other for the rest of your knitting life. In fact, learning to use both of these styles interchangeably can actually be very beneficial to you!
Can you spot the different styles of knitting below?
Needles & Knits