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Knitting Circles around Socks: Knit Two at a Time on Circular Needles Paperback – August 27, 2007
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Two Needles, Two Socks
Gillingham's method involves using two circular needles to knit in the round, and it's a method that works just as well for knitting a single circular object without using double-pointed needles as it does for knitting two socks at once. If you've ever used two circulars instead of double-pointed needles for knititng in the round, then you know the basics of how this method works. For those who haven't used a similar technique before, there is a basic woman's stockinette sock pattern that walks readers through each step of working two socks on two circulars and includes tons of pictures and tips that will help you successfully complete the project.
The book includes eight additional patterns, all sized to fit women, beyond the instructional sock. The patterns include a chunky ribbed cotton sock, a Stockinette sock knit in self-striping yarn, short socks with beaded embellishments, a cabled sock, a pair with ruffled cuffs and two lace socks. Most of the patterns are easy enough for new sock knitters, and only the lace socks rank intermediate on the book's skill level scale. A knitter who is completely new to socks but who thinks this method might be easier than having to keep track of four or five needles at once would do fine with this book.
If you don't want to knit socks for a woman, there's a chart indicating different sizes for men and children, but you'll have to do the math to convert the patterns to different sizes.
The book also includes information on how to convert patterns written for double-pointed needles to work on circular needles, which basically involves understanding that one needle holds the top of the foot while the other needle holds the heel.
This book provides an easy way to learn a different method for knitting socks for those who don't like or don't want to use double-pointed needles. The patterns are pretty simple and don't provide a lot of variety, but you'll have the method down after knitting only a couple of projects from this book. --Sarah E. White, About.com Guide
Antje uses two circular needles to complete both socks at once. She walks you through with a basic stockinette sock pattern, including lots of pictures and tips. There are eight more patterns (all of the patterns in the book are women's sizes), including cabled, ruffled cuff, lace, ribbed, self-striping yarn and beaded embellishments. Her second book, new this year, adds to her methods and includes new patterns. --Peggy McMullen, The Oregonian
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The author provides "The Basic Sock Pattern," on pages 20-33, to show exactly how to make a pair of plain, worsted-weight socks on two size 5 circular needles (one 16" circular needle and one 24" circular needle). There are 19 individual photographs (Figures 1-19) in The Basic Sock section that aid the reader in understanding the well-written directions.
Since the 16 inch and 24 inch needles are different lengths, you will not get confused regarding which row/round you are knitting. I followed the author's suggestion of using point protectors to differentiate between needles for the first few rounds. Bryson knitting point protectors can be cut in half with a sharp craft knife (these point protectors have holes for two needle tips). After cutting one point protector in half, I put halves on two of the four needle tips to differentiate between the 16 and 24 inch needles.
In addition, illustrated diagrams and written instructions are provided in the "Knitting Basics" section of the book.Read more ›
Her instructions are very clearly written. It's obvious that English is her second language in the sense that she is very careful and precise in its use. Nothing is taken for granted. This is an excellent quality in a book of instructions on a process.
The reason I give this book only three stars is that I found the title misleading. If Ms. Gillingham (or her publisher) had specified that this was a book on knitting socks on TWO circular needles it would have been clear. As it is, I had the impression that it was a book about knitting socks on circular needles. This would normally have included knitting on one long circular needle, aka "Magic Loop." There is no mention of the magic loop method in the book.
The other star was lost in the lack of any toe-up sock patterns. Toe-up is my preferred way of knitting socks because I have a number of relatives with very long feet. When you knit toe-up you can be sure to have the foot (at least!!!) completed before running out of yarn, then you use up the rest of the yarn to knit the leg and cuff. I know that most people are accustomed to knitting socks cuff down, but those of us who knit toe-up shouldn't be denied out of hand.
This said, it is a good beginner book and knitting two socks at a time is truly a no brainer. Even if you've never knit socks before in your life, it will not be a problem to start two at a time with this book.
I started off knitting just one sock on two circular needles to get comfortable with handling two needles at once. But then I was ready to get on with knitting pairs of things.
The idea of using two different length needles was brilliant! That makes it much easier to differentiate between sole/instep ... or in the case of sleeves, front/back. Will make mirrored shaping much easier in future projects.
Combine with Cat Bordhi's New Pathways For Sock Knitters Book One for toe-up instructions and alternate sock architectures... add your own stitch patterns and you're in for unending sock success!
~ Karen Wiant
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave this book away. I will stay with double pointed needles and work one sock at a time.Published 6 months ago by J. Colbert
It was a gift for my grandma for her birthday and she loves itPublished 7 months ago by Allen James Mack
I'm truly amazed by the fact that the technique for knitting 2 socks at the same time is never really explained. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maritza Medina
Clear, easy to follow instructions combined with lots of instructive photos and drawings makes knitting 2 socks simultaneously doable even for beginners.Published 12 months ago by M Adams Cameron
A lot of information, perhaps in the future I will like it more but wasn't what I wanted. I wanted toes up items.Published 14 months ago by Marietta Kovarna
This book looks like something I am going to be able to use. It arrived in good condition and is easy to read.Published 15 months ago by Toodles