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.
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.)
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.