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Why knit one sock and then start all over again to make a
match? Instead, knit two socks at the same time on two circular
needles! With this creative approach, you can slip a sock on each foot
as soon as you bind off.

  • Get off to a great start with one
    basic sock pattern; then experiment with seven more designs
  • Make
    cuffs, feet, and toes match exactly from sock to sock; no more
    measuring as you go
  • Discover how easy it is to convert any sock
    pattern for double-pointed needles to this ingenious

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January 13, 2008

Great for beginning socks-on-circs knitters!
Very nice resource... clear instructions, good photos, step-by-step instructions. This will get you started knitting tubular pieces two-at-a-time, which I think is the easiest and most logical way to knit components that need to end up exactly alike (or mirrored). I'll use this method for knitting sweater sleeves, pants legs, and mittens, as well.

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

December 31, 2008

A good idea, but WAY too many errors to be published!
I learned how to knit socks with this book. The instructions were exceedingly easy to follow. That is why I gave the book the second star. HOWEVER, there are so many errors in this book, it should be republished, or at the very least, there should be errata published somewhere. A reviewer who gave the book 1 star pointed out that in the basic instructions, the book says "sock 1" instead of "sock 2" I also ripped my work out, thinking I had done something wrong. Once I realized the error, it was very easy. The pictures are clear. But it is a very real error and ought to be corrected. In almost every pattern, there are errors. Errors such as telling you to knit 15 across and then saying that you have 12 stitches remaining. Errors on almost every single heel turn.
Also, I actually have since switched to DPN's (double pointed needles) because I prefer that. I do not like the moving of all of the stitches across the needle wires every two minutes, I can't get into a knitting groove like that. If you want to knit two at a time and not have to keep scooching the stitches, use DPN's and just get a second set. That is actually cheaper than buying two circular needles.

October 20, 2008

I just knit my first pair of socks - ever! I had never even attempted to make socks before and just dove right in using this book for a guide. The pictures were great and the instructions were very helpful - the author includes boxes with tips throughout the instructions - it seemed she was always addressing the very question I had in mind at that very moment.

This was a great way to learn to knit socks - working on two at a time let me use stitches and concepts that were brand new to me 2x in a row (which I like to think really reinforced it for me!) and gave me instant satisfaction - when I was done I popped them on my feet without having to start all over to make a second one!

June 27, 2009

The only way to knit socks
I knew I was going to like this book when I read Antje's introduction - I liked her right away. When I got ready to start knitting, I was amazed at how good the instructions were. There were more than enough pictures and instructions for casting on and getting started, and that's what made the whole process so easy. Once everything is set up on the needles correctly, you really can't get mixed up. Even the fact that she has you use a 16" and a 24" inch needle helps because you always know which row you are on by the feel of the needle. I completed my first pair of socks in one month (I don't get a whole lot of time to knit each day or it would probably go faster) which is a lot faster than I'm able to do two separate socks because it takes me so long to get myself to start the second one. I'm never going back to knitting one sock at a time.

April 27, 2008

No more Lone socks!
I purchased this book recently and I couldn't recommend it more highly!

I'm a novice sock knitter, and after my first pair of socks I discovered the problem of knitting socks individually, not only did they take me forever, but they turned out surprisingly mis-matched. A lady at the knitting store reccommended I try this volume, and I did, I've knit 4 pairs of socks using this book, and each pair comes out a bit better.

The instructions are clear and easy to follow, the patterns are very easy to read and I've even been able to adapt a different sock pattern to use with this method with no problem. She has wonderful diagrams of how the socks work, and several handy charts on sizing and on yarn weights.

The only problem I had at first with this book is figuring out how many stitches to cast on to make childrens socks from the basic pattern. And that might be due to my status as a novice sock knitter.

The only think I'd love to see is a toe up method, and perhaps information on how to change sizes for children. But I'd recommend it to anyone, and I'm thrilled at spending the time I would to make one sock and turning up with TWO!

April 29, 2008

A really great book!
First let me say I have crocheted for 10 years and have only been knitting a few months when I purchased this book. I was intimidated until I actually got my hands into the very first basic sock pattern. It's really very easy once you get the hang of it. ALso, there is a great intro to sock construction that I've not seen in a lot of other knitting sock books, that is good to have if you've never knitted a sock. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I am very happy with this book and wish more books were written like it. Plus, the really cool thing is I won't make one sock and wait 3 months to make it's mate!! I would highly recommend this book to beginners and others who just want to try something new.

January 24, 2010

dancing with eels
I'm a big fan of this concept; unfinished works dogs the tracks of most crafters--did you know that some auction sites actually have whole categories for the wistful "unfinished crafts" of the world? My mother was notorious for knitting argyle sock tops and abandoning them when the heel gusset loomed, so I have the gene. And this concept actually increases your chances of finishing and turning loose of the project by a whole sock!

The book is clear, the pictures are clear; your first cast-on may be a nightmare of frustration anyway. The cast-on is harder than anything else you will do. Once you get that straight and build a few rows of cuff, you will have the "aha" moment and from then on, it all makes sense. After that enraging hour or so of starting over and cursing, I've never had a problem again. I haven't yet tried the toe-up method, but I'm sure it's equally simple. You'll have that Sally Field moment of astonishment: "I'm doing this! I'm really doing this!"

The one problem I had wasn't really the author's fault: battling the squirmy, springy circular needles. If they had been made of silk cord instead of adversarial plastic, I'd have been done in half the time; they are honestly the reason I haven't become virtually a little sock factory this winter. I've since been hunting for less aggressive body in a circular needle and found that the more costly, the more supple the line, but none of them are much different. By accident I did make a discovery that really simplifies the learning curve on the cast-on process and your first pair of socks by this method: use two different-colored needles. At least the tips, and if possible, the line as well. At that point, all you have to do is chant to yourself, "Pink goes to pink..." It also helps you see the two separate circles more clearly I'm surprised that neither she nor any of the others recommend this assist.

The other thing that helped was supplementing the instructions with a couple of online videos. Cat Bordhi's demonstration was very good, although her playful mixed metaphors were maddening, and I found a few others by various charitable knitters demonstrating how the whole assembly should look. If you're on the right track, it's reassuring; if you're not, they can straighten you out.

As for the sock patterns: well...they're fine. They work, they're simple, even the lacy ones. I actually sent my demo pair (which I had counted on unraveling mercilessly) to my sister. I happen to think they're all a little too similar in style, and some of them are completely plain in order to show off expensive branded yarn, such as a self-striper. I don't really consider that fair play unless the book is actually published by a yarn company and says so big 'n' bold upfront; knitting is already on the way to becoming a "rich girl's game," and I hate to see it happening. In my opinion, every honest knitting pattern should contain clear alternatives for non-branded yarn.

Is the book worth the non-insubstantial cost? I don't know. Look at it in a bookstore or library before you decide. I'm not sorry I bought it, because I just didn't want to wait any longer to get started. I suspect the information is available plenty of other ways, but her teaching method was clean and clear and it taught me, and knowing the technique is well worth the time.

December 6, 2011

A New and Exciting Way to Knit Socks
This book is great if you want your pair of socks to be exactly the same length. With this book, you learn how to knit both socks at the same time using two circular needles. All you need to know is how to knit and purl. Knitting Circles around Socks: Knit Two at a Time on Circular Needles "introduces a technique that uses two circular needles and a basic pattern, teaching knitters to work both socks simultaneously." The book includes several patterns, illustrations of the technique, and ways to convert any sock pattern from double pointed to circular needles. There is a section on sizing, cast-on, and knitting basics such as decreasing and increasing. It then proceeds to the basic sock pattern. All the patterns are attractive and seem very well written out so that any intermediate knitter can knit them. There is nothing magic about this method. The book explains the details thoroughly and all one needs to do is read carefully and proceed from there. It is a wonderful addition to my sock knitting library and a technique I plan to try on my next pair of socks.

February 14, 2009

Wondeful Book
This is a great book to learn the method of making socks on 2 circular needles. I wasn't sure I wanted to do the two-at-a-time method, but did want more direction on how to knit one sock at a time using this method.

The directions were very easy to follow, and I turned my first heel with no problem! What a feeling of accomplishment. She also includes some very nice patterns in the book.

Best of all, she tells you how to convert any sock pattern to this method. This alone, is worth the price of the book. Now the sky is the limit. I can knit any sock not just patterns written for this method.

This book would be a great addition to your knitting library.

July 20, 2017

Best written instructions for two at a time socks. Was successful first time I tried it. Thank you.

February 20, 2009

Knitting Socks
Well I could not get these instructions, but it probably is just me, as I even took a knitting class to learn how to knit socks and the instructor was so quick and gave printed directions and I still could not get it. I did donate the book to the library and did not deduct it from my taxes. So good luck.

December 29, 2015

Don't bother with this book!
I'm truly amazed by the fact that the technique for knitting 2 socks at the same time is never really explained. I was expecting it would be as the book is supposed to be instructional. The only part that is truly explained is how to cast on the stitches and knit the cuff, but then the most important parts, turning the "heels" and picking up the gusset stitches are totally left up to the reader to figure out! Upsetting to say the least. I wish I could give this zero star.

December 22, 2009

Great concept but with reserves
This book is well done in the fact that it gives you photos of step by step instructions. I tried this method and decided that it wasn't for me. I didn't like having to deal with the two balls of yarn which can get tangled up easily and your always having to deal with that which can be irritating. I think it is a great concept if you can manage the two balls of yarn in an orderly manner. I may decide to try this method again down the road when I have plenty of time to devote to learning it. Right now (as a beginning knitter) I find the double pointed needles method easier.

April 22, 2013

Great tutorial for learning to knit two at a time on two circulars, needs more men's patterns.
This is the book my local knit shop uses to teach sock knitting classes. I'm finding it to be very simple to learn from...the technique is very clearly explained and shown in photos. My only sticking point is that I'm a man learning sock knitting, and the vast majority of patterns in this book are for women and children....

March 4, 2019

Can't live without this book
If you're a fan of using 2 circular needles for knitting socks then this is a book you can't live without. I had left my other copy home when I went on vacation, and needless to say I had to order this as soon as I realized I didn't have my other copy with me. This book is very easy to understand and once you get past the nervousness of using 2 needles you'll never go back to double pointed ones again unless you are doing a very difficult pattern and need dp's.

March 11, 2010

Working with socks knit 2 at a time
This is a nice little book with really excellent instructions for knitting two socks at a time using 2 circular needles. There are some valuable hints and tips on dealing with needles and wool and about half a dozen sock patterns using lace, ribbed and beaded stitches. But my initial disappointment with the book did not fade when after more careful perusal I found that the did not include instructions for knitting the 2 socks from the toe up.

July 30, 2013

Love the book. Hate the technique!!!
I've been knitting socks on double-pointed needles for many years but was told to try the circular needle method. HATED IT! It was such a pain to juggle two balls of yarn at once, and the two circulars flopping about was awkward. I don't understand why people like this method. The BOOK, however, is beautifully done, nicely illustrated, and easy to follow. However, it will now collect dust as I will never knit socks this way again. Yuk!!!

January 20, 2013

Sock book
This was an okay book but I still find some of the patterns to be confusing. I've done socks every which way but I still like the old fashioned way of double point needles, top down, one at a time.

February 15, 2012

Knitting Circles Around Socks
This is a very well written book with clear instructions. If you are determined to learn to knit two socks at the same time, this is the book for you. However, I am still working on my first pair. I find the process tedious, confusing, and frustrating and will probably not do this again. I've been knitting socks for years and I can do it faster one at a time since I don't have sss. (second sock syndrome) Your experience may be different than mine; it's worth a try. I give this book 4.5 stars for clarity of instructions.

January 26, 2018

So disappointed
I wanted a book that knitted two socks from the toe down. This is NOT that book. I downloaded a sample but the sample was so small that there was no indication this book was not that book. I'll keep looking. Its even easier than the instructions in this book from what I've learned about it so far.

April 26, 2015

Not the most economical method
This method requires two sets of circular needles.Fine if you're just making the same style socks for the same person. Way too expensive if you want variety.

March 28, 2015

I cant get into knitting socks this way. Unless I had someone sit and show me.

April 13, 2008

Knitting circles around Socks
I have not yet made my first pair of socks, after I do, I hope to try a pattern in this book

August 2, 2017

Three Stars
OK for a new knitter. Too basic for me.

February 5, 2016

Not for me....gave it to an expert.
I gave this book away. I will stay with double pointed needles and work one sock at a time.

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