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.
Needles & Knits