The new to me way of sock knitting

Hi there, how are you doing today ? I hope you have had a great week since last time. Here in Normandy the weather has been strange. Some days it’s really wintery and others it’s actually quite warm. We are sort of in between two seasons and depending on the day it’s more winter or more spring.

I do admit that spring weather does feel good although I do always make good use of bad weather Sundays. My favorites actually because I can just spend the day in some “homely” clothes, bake a cake for and then spend my time knitting with the family in front of the tv.

But now on to knitting. If you follow me on social media, you will have seen pictures of my most recent FO, a pair of socks I knit on 9″ circulars.

I had this idea for a new way (to me at least) of knitting two at a time socks and so avoid Second Sock Syndrome which I sometimes fall victim to. I started to knit and got quite excited about the whole process and shared pictures on social media. I innocently called them my Siamese Socks but quickly stopped because I learned that to some people the word siamese is racist and degrading and so I was being called those too. What a shock! As you may or may not know, I’m not a native English speaker and so I’m not always fully aware of subtleties and maybe don’t always use the correct word or phrasing. To me the word was neither degrading nor racist. I just felt it was perfect for my pair of socks. But like I said, after being called **** I stopped using that and now just call them my “two in one 9″ circular socks” which is a lot longer and more boring name but hopefully that will not cause me problems. So if you were one of the offended people, I do apologize but I also insist on saying that my intention was only to use a word I thought perfect for my pair of socks.

So if you have not seen these famous socks yet, I’m sure you are anxious to!

So like I said above, the idea was to knit two socks at a time without doing them magic loop or one inside the other as I have already experimented with and shared here on the blog before. I have recently started using 9″ circular needles and quite enjoy them and so I was wondering if I could do this using those.

I had heard about a new pattern or recipe called “The Afterthought Everything Socks” on Ravelry where you basically knit a tube and put in waste yarn for the heel and toes and of course this can be knit either on a long circular, on dpns or even on a 9″ circular. I don’t own the pattern myself so I haven’t read it but my idea came from there.

Personally I don’t much like afterthought heels, mainly because I’m always unsure of when to start my toe. I like being able to either try the sock on or at least measure from the heel. So I wanted to build on the idea but only do afterthought toes which I feel is much easier. And so off I went.


My method means that you knit the first sock cuff down and the second toe up. So I cast on 64 stitches for the cuff and knit a 2 x 2 rib for about 1 1/2 inch in contrast color yarn. Then I changed to my main yarn which is a self striping SOX yarn that I dyed myself. I knit the leg until the total length (from cast on) was 5 1/2″.

Then I picked up the contrast yarn again and knit a short row heel over 32 stitches. This is the heel that I use 90% of the time. I think it is just a regular short row heel but here’s how I do it. I knit 31 stitches and then wrap the last stitch and turn. I purl (or in my case knit backwards) 30 stitches and then wrap and turn. Each row you knit/purl one less stitch before the wrap and turn until only 10 stitches are left in the middle. Then I knit to the end of the row picking up the wraps along with each stitch. To be more precise I knit the 10 heel stitches and then I knit the next 11 stitches knitting the wrap along with each stitch. At the end of the row, I turn and purl those 11 stitches + the 10 heel stitches and then it’s time to purl the last 11 stitches being careful to pick up the wraps as well. At the end of the row turn around and knit 21 stitches ( 11 + 10 heel stitches) and then wrap and turn stitch 22. Purl  stitches and then wrap and turn.You are now halfway through your heel and as of this row you knit/purl one more stitch each row as you knit the previous wrap and turn stitch. So this first time you knit the 10 heel stitches + the 11th along with its wrap and then you do a wrap and turn. Next row you purl 11 stitches + the previous wrap and turn and then you do a wrap and turn. So on this second half of the sock you knit your middle stitches plus the previous wrapped stitch along with its wrap AND THEN you do a wrap and turn. I  hope you understand what I mean. I’m not really explaining this very well. I think that whatever short row heel would work fine. I knit my heels on my 9″ circulars.

Once the heel is done, I continue the foot in the main yarn until the sock is about 2″ shorter than the intended foot. At that time I insert a waste yarn for separation. In my case I used the contrasting yarn but I think I should have used something completely different because the main yarn also has black stripes. So if you are going to try this, I recommend you use a waste yarn in a totally different colour just for ease.

I knit two rounds in waste yarn but you could knit more if you prefer. I left the cast on and end tail long and sticking out as  a reminder for when picking up the toe stitches and also to be sure that when doing so I would be picking up the stitches at the right place (I was afraid I might otherwise end up with a wonky toe).  I did not cut my main yarn but you could if you prefer. I just pulled a bit on it to be sure that there were a few inches of yarn between the two socks for weaving in later.

And now it was time for the second sock. I switched back to my main yarn and knit to the heel. To be sure my socks would be identical I measured the first sock from end of heel to waste yarn and then knit the same for the other. I then knit a short row heel and so on until I cast off using a stretchy bind off.


Then it was time for surgery! To separate the two socks, I threaded the stitches on to two circulars. Here you can see the first circular. I followed the waste yarn and threaded the needle on to the last live stitches of my main yarn.

When I had both needles in, one on each sock, I started to unravel my waste yarn and separating the socks.



And here they are, two individual socks; one on each needle. I used a regular long circular for this as it is not possible to knit the toe on a small 9″ circular.  And then I knit 1 round before beginning the decreases. My regular toe, and you could use whatever toe you prefer, is 1 round knit all stitches, 1 decrease round until only 10 stitches are left.


Round 1 and all uneven rounds: knit all stitches

Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit 1, SSK, knit to 2 stitches before end of needle, K2tog, knit 2, SSK, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, K2tog, knit 1.

I don’t know how to Kitchener so I cut my yarn and then turn the sock inside out and do a three needle bind off.



I don’t know if I was clear enough for you but basically you just knit one cuff down sock to the beginning of the toe, knit a few rounds of waste yarn and then go on to knit a toe up sock from the end of the toe. Once done, you separate the two socks and knit each toe individually. You can knit this on a long circular, a 9″ circular or even dpns.

I’m not inventing anything new here although I worked from an idea in my head. It’s just a new to me way of knitting a pair of socks and maybe you too would like to try this out.


That’s it for today. Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me. I hope you have enjoyed reading about these socks and hopefully I did not get you all confused!

Until next time, take care and enjoy your knitting:)

21 thoughts on “The new to me way of sock knitting

    • Thank you:) yes, this does become quite long but I guess that also depends on the size you’re making, how long you make your legs etc. I just found this to be more enjoyable I think than regular taat magic loop and it also allowed me to use my 9″ circulars.


  1. what a cool idea! I might try this sometime soon, I have lots of socks to make. Your English is fine, better than many native speakers. You can’t be expected to know which figures of speech are now “out” or “in”. But I see that you have already been taught the word conjoined, which works very well for these socks.

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  2. Whoa, this is such an interesting way to knit socks! I might have to try it!
    I’m sorry to hear that you were name-called for using the word “Siamese”. It floors me that anyone would react that way just because you used a word. I wasn’t aware that there was anything wrong with the word.


    • Thank you! I too think this is an innovative method but I can’t say it’s all mine as I got the idea behind this from other similar ideas/patterns. But I am super happy to introduce this to you all and see that people actually like this and want to give it a try. And like you, I too was totally unsuspecting of any negativity around the “S” word and really taken aback with some of the reactions I got. Luckily for me, the readers of my blog seem to be like me, that is good willed, open minded and friendly crafters and I so appreciate all the compliments and positive feedback here, including yours:)

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  3. Having only made one pair ever – the more traditional way, one at a time on dpns – it’s interesting to see other ways knitters create socks. I can imagine 2nd sock syndrome kicks in often – even with my one pair I struggled to start the 2nd one. Just purchased a book about knitting socks on straight needles. Maybe I might make another pair one day. Love your blog (and a fellow Normandy lover, lots of trips there every year!)

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  4. Hi, I am so glad I found your blog! I have been working on socks using the afterthought everthing pattern. I have made two pairs of socks so far but I haven’t been completely pleased with the heel fabric which seems a bit thin for socks that get alot of wear. So, it was fantastic to see your idea of using short row heels in your design. I am going to continue working with the pattern but try grafting in heels using your shortrow method. Thanks for your creative solution to sock making! I will let you know how it all turns out. Also, the Espace Tricot podcast (I think it was episode 2 or 3) talked about doing the afterthought everything pattern so you might be interested in checking it out on you tube. Melissa who did the pattern and is in the podcast co-owns a fun yarn shop in Montreal, Canada. I sent them a link to your blog so that they can also see your creative solution to issues we have been emailing back and forth about on Ravelry for the past month. Merci!

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    • Hi I’m so pleased to meet you 🙂 I’m happy to hear you are going to give my method a try and I look forward to hearing what you think of it. Also thank you for sending the link to Melissa of Espace Tricot. I have watched their podcast but wasn’t aware that she was the designer behind the afterthought everything.


  5. Hi, sorry for the confusion (it was late at night when I wrote the email…). Melissa at Espace is not the designer of the afterthought sock. But, she has been trying different sock patterns and has tried the afterthought pattern and talked about working the pattern on her podcast (think it was episode 2 or 3). I have been emailing with the store about how to do a more substantial sock heel and they gave me a few different ideas. But, since I was at the point in the pattern where I could try your heel I decided to give it a try today. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

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