The results in the 2 in 1 sock challenge and a fun and useful sock knitting tool

Hi there, I’m sure you’re all getting impatient for the announcement! Am I right? Well, the announcement is almost here but first…

I’m working on my own first pair of real socks and coming along nicely. I know that our tension is not the same whether we knit or purl and so I take great care to try and knit consistently to avoid too much difference in tension as I’m not keen on ending up with one normal sock and one giant sock 🙂 So far this seems to work just fine.  I think the only thing that bothers me about this technique or method is the constant moving around of the yarn – this is super important or you’re just going to end up with a double sock (they are going to be interconnected). I wonder if I should take Kate Atherley’s online course just to see if she gives tips on how to manage this better.  Here are some pictures taken of my progress today

2 in 1 sock knitting challenge on www.knittinginfrance.com   This is how the sock looks to me, the side towards me is all purls

2 in 1 sock knitting challenge on www.knittinginfrance.com   You can see I’ve made some progress since picture n°1 and here I open up the socks and you see the difference between sock 1 and sock 2. The colour is the same but dyed differently and with a different intensity making this knitting easier and yet producing a harmonious pair

2 in 1 sock knitting challenge on www.knittinginfrance.com  Here I just pulled the inner sock out to better appreciate the progress I’ve made so far. So here both wrong sides are towards me and I can clearly see that the inner sock has some striping to it. It is actually possible to knit like this if you are feeling discouraged (I did for a while because unlike knitting TAAT using magic loop, here progress is more difficult to see as the second sock is “hidden” inside the first one).

So what do you think? Are you going to give this method a try do you think?

Now before I go ahead with the draw, I wanted to tell you about a recent addition to the sock knitters must haves. This is a tool called… THE SOCK RULER! This is basically a plastic ruler shaped a bit like a sock and it has inch measurements on it. This makes measuring the different parts of your sock super easy. In fact since I discovered this tool, I hardly follow patterns any more. I’m more into just sort of templates really. I just need my needles, yarn and the SOCK RULER. This is a fantastic tool for all sock knitters and I think for knitting mittens as well though I haven’t tried this yet but mitts are sort of like socks… just for hands 🙂 At the moment this only exists in adult size but soon (no release date yet) there will be a child version and also a version with metrics measurements (cm – a much appreciated addition I think for those of us who are more used to cm than inches). Now what does this magical device look like?

The sock ruler www.knittinginfrance.com  You see how one end is sort of toe shaped? That is the “beginning” of the ruler.

The Sock Ruler www.knittinginfrance..com Here you can see how I’ve put the ruler inside my sock to measure my cuff and leg to see if I was ready for the heel

Don’t you think this is just brilliant in its simplicity? I carry these in my shop and as soon as I can get my hands on the child and metric versions I will offer those too. If you would like to check out the Sock Ruler, you can find it in my shop here

Now it’s time for the drum roll! So first of, thanks to all that participated and left a comment on the blog post. A big thank you also to the bloggers that shared my blog post.

I had 9 commenters so I gave each of you a number in the order you left your comment so LazyBene is n°1 and Littleblackdogsa is n°9 – now that is established I go to www.random.org  and choose their sequence generator where I can enter the participating numbers and then their generator does the rest. So before I hit the “go” button, I wish you all the best of luck:)

And the winner is….

Here is your sequence:

5 1 7 2 9 4 3 6 8

The Number 5 is the first in the sequence and so the winner of this first giveaway is my commenter number 5 or MJ 🙂
Congratulations to MJ and thank you to all the others. There will be other giveaways on the blog later and I hope you will continue to follow the blog and participate in my giveaways in the future.

Now as for the lucky winner, MJ, she has won a set of hand dyed yarn cakes; This yarn is 75% super wash merino, 20% nylon and 5% silver stellina. The yarns are dyed in the same original colour but using different methods to produce a slightly different yarn as using this technique requires you to have 2 different coloured yarns – at least to begin with. MJ has a choice between 2 colour ways, so MJ please send me an email to: knittinginfrance@gmail.com with your personal details for shipping and your colour preference.

 hand dyed by Knitting in France for 2 in 1 sock challenge    www.knittinginfrance.com

This win does come with a small requirement. I would like MJ to share with us as well as on her blog or social media, her thoughts on knitting socks using this method and show us pictures and so forth so that we can all enjoy and share in the winning sort of.

Thats all for today. Thank you all for stopping by and congrats to the winner of the day MJ.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting 🙂

Two in One socks – have you ever tried this?

If you are a sock knitter like I am then you probably have played around with different techniques such as top down, toe up, magic loop, 2 circulars etc and maybe you have also tried the 2 in 1. It’s been a while since I discovered this technique and found a pattern on Ravelry but I had yet to try it out myself. My problem is that I don’t like to do swatches, I just want to dive in and knit immediately and this seemed to be the sort of thing where a swatch or a test sock is IMPERATIF. And now that I have done the test myself I absolutely recommend that you first knit the training sock BEFORE actually knitting a real pair. The pattern I used was The War & Peace Socks: Two Socks in One by Kate Atherley and this pattern is available for free from Ravelry.

The instructions recommend using a rather thick yarn for this training version and to also use two different coloured yarns and that is a must I believe as you really have to remember which yarn is Y1 and which yarn is Y2.  The beginning can be a little tricky until you understand that basically you are knitting two socks, one inside the other and that the right sides of the socks are facing each other. This means that the “outer” sock is knit by purling and the “inner” sock by knitting. This is the basic idea to grasp for this to be successful. Another thing that is very important when using this technique is to ALWAYS MOVE YOUR YARN AFTER EACH STITCH. Now this is time consuming I think and may slow down the process a bit and you may even find this bothersome but it is an absolute must, otherwise you will end up with one double layered sock and not 2 separate socks! I did make 2 errors when knitting my training version and at 2 different spots I must have forgotten to move my yarn and when I finished my socks and separated them I discovered that they were actually “joined” in 2 places. Luckily for me, in both cases this had just happened with 1 single stitch. So what I did, maybe not very orthodox, I cut the yarn to be able to separate them and then just made a knot. As these are sample socks that’s ok but when knitting a “real” pair you definitely want to be concentrated so this does not happen to you.

If you have not tried this technique yet then I recommend you do as it is rather fun and Kate’s pattern which is more of a template really gives you a number of possible sizes so once you’ve completed your training socks you can go ahead and make some for yourself. Here are some pictures I took of my training socks in progress to share with you and better explain the process.

2 in 1 sock  Here you can see my 2 colours of yarn. For me Y1 was the brown/blue yarn and Y2 was the pink/brown yarn. This is why the outside is all purls     IMG_2852  Here you see how the 2 socks are actually separated on your knitting needle  separation of the 2 in 1 socks by Knitting in FRance

IMG_2856 IMG_2857 This is the heel flap

IMG_2858 turning the heels on my 2 in 1 socks - Knitting in france The turning of the heel

IMG_2859  Here you clearly see the 2 separate socks and their gussets IMG_2860 The gusset

 

IMG_2861 2 in 1 socks in progress www.knittinginfrance.com Here I’m working on the foot

IMG_2863 The toe is almost done

two in one sock Here my toe is done and I have taken a darning needle to go into the remaining stitches of each sock – this is done individually for each sock of course

2 in 1   Here I’m about to separate them. My first mistake was in the ribbing and I don’t know if you can see it here but I had to cut the stitch and knot to separate them at the top and now I have to do the same thing at the toe

IMG_2866  In both cases I cut the pink yarn and made knots as you can see

And here are my finished socks. Aren’t they cute (despite my 2 knots?) 2 in 1 socks by www.knittinginfrance.com

 

My conclusion is that this is a technique I’d like to master and last night I immediately went to dye some yarn for my first real socks knit this way. I really think it is SUPER important to have 2 different coloured yarns to begin with (at least) but I’m not a fan of wearing one blue and one red sock either so what I did was I dyed 2 skeins using the same colour only one was dyed darker and one lighter. This way the socks are not too far appart colour wise but the colour is still distinct enough for me to be able to knit my first real pair without tears (I hope).

As I don’t need 2 skeins for 1 pair I’m going to break them up into halves so there will be enough for 2 pairs like this. Would you like to try this technique using my yarn? Leave me a comment below and I will do a random draw and the lucky winner will receive 2 yarn cakes of my glimmer yarn (75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 5% silver stellina) in Emerald green. There is a catch however:) I would ask the winner to accept to share her/his experience and photos of the finished socks on her/his blog or social media and allowing me to link to it here on the blog. So if you are willing to do that and up for a challenge then now’s the time to leave me your comment. You have until Tuesday March 3rd to leave me a comment and come Wednesday March 4th I will draw out a random winner from the comments and announce the lucky knitter here on the blog.

So I hope you are all up for the challenge, why not share with your other knitting friends after all, the more the merrier and sharing when trying a new technique is always helpful.

Good luck to all and have a wonderful and creative weekend 🙂