Repeat Performance – Part 1

Welcome to the second pattern in the Progressive Needles Knit Along, Repeat Performance, featuring the fabulously soft Royal sock yarn.  This toe up sock will continue our focus on texture stitches and introduce many of you to two at a time sock knitting.  Sock fanatics have long been fans of knitting both socks at once for obvious reasons.  When you bind off at the end of the pattern you have a pair of socks – no more sock orphans!

Virtually any toe up sock pattern may be knit two at a time on one or two circular needles.  Sock patterns are written for one at a time knitting and the knitter can usually just double the efforts to work them both at once.  Repeat Performance is written in the same manner with directions given for one sock.  I will, however, give you plenty of prompts, tips and videos should you want to knit both of these beauties as a pair.  Look for the abbreviation “2aat” to guide you through two at a time knitting.  Double point needle lovers need not abandon their beloved sticks and may knit right along side the two at a timers.

If this is your first toe up sock, I strongly recommend practicing Judy’s Magic Cast On with larger needles and worsted weight yarn.  Knitting techniques are simpler to master on larger needles and yarn.  Once you get the hang of the cast on, grab your sock needles and yarn and I think you will be more successful.  For most knitters the toughest part of toe up socks is getting started with the cast on.  Once the stitches are on the needles it will be clear sailing up the leg.

Part One

Click here to download printable version

2 skeins, Royal by Austermann, 50g / 219 yards each.

US #1(2.5mm) or size needed to achieve desired gauge.

Note:  If knitting two at a time on the magic loop, use a 40” circular needle.  Two circular needles or double points may also be used.

8.5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette.

Women’s Medium and Large.

Medium leg circumference measures approximately 7” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 11”.

Large leg circumference measures approximately 8” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 12 ½”.

kfb – knit into front and back of stitch.  See “kfb” Video

2aat – two at a time.

Directions are for Medium Size (Large Size in parentheses when necessary).

NOTE: Pattern is written for one sock!  If you are knitting two at a time look for special tips marked “2aat” throughout the directions.

If you would like to cast on to knit these socks two at a time, see Two At A Time – Toe Up Socks” Video.


Cast On – See “Judy’s Magic Cast On” Video

Using two needles, cast on 24 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast On with 12 stitches on each needle.  (2aat -cast on 24 stitches for EACH sock using a separate skein for each sock.)

Securing tail, knit first 12 stitches.  (2aat – This refers to first 12 stitches of each sock.  They are all on your 1st needle.)

Knit second 12 stitches through the back loop.  (2aat – This refers to second 12 stitches of each sock.  They are all on your 2nd needle.)

Toe Increases

If using one or two circular needle knitting method, increases (kfb) are made at the beginning and end of each needle.

(2aat – The increases are made into the first and last stitch of each sock on both needles.)

Round 1.  On 1st needle, kfb, knit to last stitch on needle, kfb;

On 2nd needle, kfb, knit to last stitch on needle, kfb.

Round 2.  Knit all stitches.


If using double points, arrange stitches evenly with 6 stitches on 4 needles.  Increases (kfb) are made as follows:

Round 1.  Kfb, knit to last stitch on 2nd needle, kfb, kfb into 1st stitch on 3rd needle, knit to last stitch on 4th needle, kfb.

Round 2.  Knit all stitches.


All needle types:  Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until toe reaches 64(72) stitches.  (2aat – each sock will have 64 or 72 stitches.)


STOP!  Next week brings us a great new stitch and a interesting design.


Happy Knitting!



42 thoughts on “Repeat Performance – Part 1

  1. If you need the 72 stitches for the toes only, I would decrease after the wedge toe back down to 64 stitches for the foot. You can make the toe longer by knitting some extra rounds before decreasing back to 64. Further size adjustments can be made by changing needle sizes. The stitch counts in the pattern will remain 64 for the Medium and 72 for the Large. Let me know how this works out for you.

  2. Goodday! I need some extra room for my toes…so if I knit until I have 72stitches for my gouty toes were will I decrease to get me back to 64 before the heel. Will the pattern have a repeat so that I can have 68. I’m never seem to know how to correct the stitch count or where it should occur.
    Thanks for all the help

  3. This happens to me too. I read a tip somewhere about holding the cable straight and using a hairdryer to warm it so it relaxes. It’s helped get some of the curl out of my cables.

  4. The 2aat is working for me now! I must have been turning the socks inside out thinking that the purl bumps should not be facing up. I have done enough rows tonight that it is beginning to look like two toes. Yeah! Thank you so much.

  5. Mine measured 1 7/8″. There is no reason not to knit a few rows before beginning the foot. Customization is the best thing about hand knit socks – ok, the yarn and patterns are the best things!

  6. After I finish my decreases, approximately how long should the fabric be from tip of toe to cable needles? Mine seems a little shorter than most socks I have knit.
    If they are short, can I simply add a few rows of “knit even” before we start the pattern?

  7. There is nothing wrong with starting on separate needles and then putting both socks on one long circ at a later time. For magic loop the starting position is: All stitches on the needle tips. Needle tips facing right with working yarn on the back needle. (The purl bumps should be facing up on the first round. This is the inside of the sock. Maybe your yarn is on the front needle because your work is inside out?) Slide the back needle out and to the right and knit the stitches on the front needle. Please let me know how you are coming along!

  8. The 2aat is not working for me! My working yarn seems to be coming off the front needle rather than off the back needle as the Magic Loop video demonstrates. I have started over several times and keep making whatever the mistake is each time. Would it be possible to start on double points, get two toes to the same point, and then try to put them back on the Magic Loop needle? I cannot get to a “live person” until after you have started the second week of instruction and do not want to get too far behind! Thank you.

  9. Good for you to try something new! By the cable twisting do you mean the circular needle’s cord? Depending on the brand you are using it may take a bit of time for the cable to soften and relax a bit. What length circular needle are you using? I prefer 40″ for 2aat but you may find a length that works better for you and doesn’t twist as much with your knitting style. Once you get past the toes your socks will have more weight and this may help with the twisting. Hang in there and let me know if things improve!

  10. Help! I’m trying knit2AAT and have trouble with the cable twisting. any suggestion as I spend more time untwisting than knitting.

  11. Stick with it and I really think it will go away. You are learning lots of techniques all at once – you should be very proud of yourself!

  12. This is my first time doing magic loop and making a pair of socks. I am having problems with laddering too. I will try this tip. Still debating about restarting … only up to 22 sts on both stocks.

  13. This sock is a suitable design for men. The “average” man’s sock is 72 stitches which is listed on our pattern as a women’s large. The most important measurement is the calf. Check the dimensions of the lucky men and you may be just fine. If you need a wider leg then after the heel I can help you with the stitch count. Knit on!

  14. Hi! Very excited about the socks BUT I thought I would be able to make MENS for my husband and son so I bought a “manly” yarn colors. Any way you can provide adjustments to accommodate or is this pattern too feminine once completed? Help and Thanks!!!

  15. Once you get the hang of it the ladders will disappear. The curious thing about knitting is that it is the second stitch on the needle that will tighten up that first stitch that is causing the ladders. In other words, knit that first stitch on the needle and then really try to tug on the next stitch as you knit it. This will cause the first stitch, the “wonky ladder” stitch, to tighten. I hope this makes sense!

  16. 1. I measure about 4″ above the ankle. The socks have stretch, also called “negative ease”.
    2. Knee socks can be tricky to morph from calf length. There are some points in this sock that can lend themselves to increases for knee socks which I can direct you to later. I will have to say that I have only knit them as mid-calf socks and can’t address the yardage issue. You can also do some shaping by changing needle sizes.

  17. Judy of Judy’s Magic Cast On always knits into the back of her stitches so that is how I demonstrated it. I find that it is not necessary, but either way will be just fine. It really is ok!

  18. I just finished clue one and can tell I’m going to have a problem with laddering. This is my first pair of magic loop socks. Any suggestions how to prevent this going forward with the next clue?

  19. This will be my first time knitting two socks at a time. I usually use
    double points and do one sock, then the other.
    So I’m going way out of my comfort zone for this one, but am going
    to do it !

  20. Couple of questions about sizing….
    1. When you talk about measuring ‘leg circumfrence’, where on the leg/above the ankle are you measuring?

    2. Can you speak to (or have a good reference for) shaping the leg to continue for knee socks? I love the socks we knit here during the KALs but I really don’t wear shorter socks and would like the knowledge to continue to a higher sock. The instruction I have in a book I bought is akin to figuring out calculus equations!

  21. I just realized you specified size 1 (2.5mm). That explains my gauge being off – I was thinking of my 2.25mm needles as size 1. I’m usually over gauge so was surprised to be under. I see the Ravelry needle chart calls 2.5mm’s a size 1.5 and 2.25’s a size 1. Whatever! I’ll sort it out. Thank you!

  22. On the Judy’s Magic Cast On video, you knit through back loop on 2nd set of sts. I noticed on Two at a time Toe up Socks that you knit into all sts. Which should I do??

  23. Don’t laugh, I forget how to measure the circumference, can you refresh my memory? LOL!!


  24. If you are ok with the socks being a bit wider then you will be ok. A swatch should be measured a few inches away from the cast on because it does effect tension.

  25. I have never knitted socks before. Just getting back into knitting after 30+ years. I am knitting these socks for my daughter who has a size 9 1/2 foot. Will the medium be too small.

  26. Yay! Been itching to start. I too was impressed with the yarn – very cushy n springy. My gauge swatch is 7.5 st per inch on size 1 (2.25mm). I have size 2’s (2.75mm) but I’m thinking I could just cast on a bit looser to make up the difference and anyway these are stretchy socks… I did long tail CO for the swatch. Seems to me the type and looseness of CO does impact gauge. Any thoughts Michelle? thanks!

    P.s. My Triplicity is almost dry and it’s gorgeous! 😀

  27. “…fabulously soft…” is right! I was swatching last night and couldn’t believe how soft the yarn was. Simply can’t wait to wear socks made out of this yarn!

  28. It is funny that you say that because I just discovered my needles are 1.5 and not 1.0 as packaged. I thought they seemed bigger than my 1.0 double points. In this case I am fine but I sure will check in the future.

Leave a Comment...

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *