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Knitting 2 socks at the same time….inside each other?!

I don’t even know how I came across this link but it has been sitting in my drafts for some time now.

Stephan is gone for a few days so I am planning on, while he is gone, casting on the hunting socks he will be getting for Christmas.  No better chance than the present I suppose to follow the tutorial from Knitty.com that teaches how to knit two socks at the same time using a method similar to double knitting.

The link is here http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html

Hunting Socks for My Guys

Worsted weight hunting sock in wool blend

When I was a kid my dad always had these really warm, thick, wool hunting socks that we would wear in our boots and sometimes even over our socks as slippers when in the house.   The last pair finally wore out about 15 years ago and to date I have never seen anymore in the stores like them.  Since I knit now and have started working on my Christmas list I thought why not knit each of the men in our house a pair as a gift?

Being a newer knitter who was only created toe-less and no heel yoga socks and managed 1 test sock from Silver’s Sock Knitting Class the idea of socks terrified me.

I wanted them thick, would love wool but they have to be machine washable. So there, Wool Ease was chosen.

I had wanted to make these Hiking Boot Socks from a book called Knitting with Balls and had even had it in my Amazon Shopping Cart BUT after reading the pattern comments on Ravelry decided not to continue with my purchase.  The bulk of the reviews on the pattern at Ravelry said the pattern for the heel was incorrect and most people had just done the heels the way they knew how….well these were my first real socks so I had no idea how to do them.  Maybe another day for that book.

So I start going thru sock patterns.  I really like these Mountain Man Socks and I’m going to make some but the “Sherman Heel” thing scared me.  I have no idea what it is and I felt I should start with regular plain old heels (whatever they are called).  I wanted to make these Soldier Socks but it says double heels and calls for a crochet hook to be used.  I’m gonna make those too-eventually but first I want to learn how to do regular old heels.  Having no idea what a ‘regular old heel’ , what its called or even how to do a search for a pattern I am at this point at a complete loss.  A few other patterns look great but I have no idea how I would do them on Magic Loop given that I have literally NO experience knitting socks.  Then I stumble upon this helpful file:  My First Socks using the Magic Loop  The only sock pattern you really ever need! By Jane D. Prater. There we go that was my ticket.

Since I had knit to 8″ in K2 P3 like the Hiking boot pattern used and had the 6 rows of stockinette stitch on the back like the Mountain Man pattern called for why not jump to another pattern?!  LMBO  This one was great though.  Very easy to follow and explanatory when it came to how to arrange the heel stitches on the needles to make the gusset decreases easier.  Laugh if you want but until reading that I would not have realized you could knit a few and rearrange the stitches on the needles.

Anyway, it’s going great.  One sock is completed and the other is nearly 1/4 of the way.  I will post updates as this pair of socks is completed.


UPDATE –Currently working on gusset decreases for sock #2  Yay!




Free Pattern for knitted earflap hats

Knitted Earflap Hat Pattern- Youth -Adult Medium

This will make an earflap hat that will fit a ten yr old thru adult with a 21”-24” head.  To make hat larger use larger needles.  When I have made these and planned on lining them I have used a size 9 needle.

  • 5 size US8 DPN’s . I use DPN’s for the earflaps and then move all the stitches to a 21” circular needle. You may continue with DPN’s, use a circular, magic loop, traveling loop, or whatever method you are most comfortable with. If you only have straight needles and want to knit this flat you can also do that. The only difference will be when you finish the hat you will need to seam the top and up the back of the hat. This variation is at the end of this pattern.
  • About 110 yards Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Something to mark the end of your rows.  You can use stitch markers–I just use a piece of yarn with a loop in it.

Gauge – Earflaps (knit flat) 3.96 st per 1″ / In the round (hat) 5 stitches per inch.

The Pattern- Knit in the Round

Ear flaps
First you make the earflaps. To begin cast on 4 stitches

Row 1- k all (RS)

Row 2- Slip 1st st, p rest(WS)

Row 3- Slip 1st stitch, k, M1, (I use M1R for an invisible inc. KnittingHelp.com has a demo here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases), k 1, M1, k last st

Row 4- and rest of even rows- slip 1st st, P all

Row 5 and remainder of odd rows – sl 1st st, k1, M1R, k until there are 2 st left, M1R, k2 until you have 24 stitches on the needle

Last row – when you have 24 stitches on the needle- continue with a purl all row, cut yarn leaving a long tail, and either set the needle aside or move the stitches to a holder.

Repeat for second earflap but DO NOT CUT Yarn

With second earflap on needle and the final Purl all row completed, cast on (the finished project will look better if you use a cable or alternate cable cast on) 24 stitches (this is for the front of the hat).

K1,P1across the 24stitches (this will be the front of your hat) and K all across the (24) earflap stitches.

CO 9 stitches for the back of the hat

Knit across the 1st earflap and join

Continue knitting in stocking net stitch. Place marker after knitting 9th stitch at back of hat.  This will mark the end of your round.  Knit in stockingette around, with your K1, P1 across the front of the hat for 3-5 rows.  After those three rows continue in stockingnette until hat (measured at front) is 6″ tall (for men or anyone without a lot of hair) or 7″ for a slouchier hat (or for people with longer hair).  You can do a plain stocking net stitch here, add stripes, checkerboard or whatever you desire.

Begin decreases:
Round 1: K 8, K2tog around

Round 2 (and all even rows) K all

Round 3: K7, K2tog around

Round 5: K6, K2tog around

Round 7: K5, K2tog around

Round 9: K4, K2tog around

Round 11: K3, K2tog around

R 13: K2, K2tog around

R 15: K1, K2tog around

R 17: K2tog around cut a tail 6″-12″ long.  Thread tail yarn in a large needle and work it through remaining stitches.  Pull and fasten.  Weave ends into inside (WS) of hat.

Use a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook to single crochet your contrast color around the hat and join by ss in your first sc.

Braided Ties- (optional)

For each braid cut 18 strands of yarn that are 15″ long.  Pull them through bottom of earflap with crochet hook, divide into 3 sections and braid.  Fasten off and repeat process for second braid.

 To Knit this flat on two straight needles-

Follow directions for earflaps.

Cast on new stitches (as above) for front and back of hat but you will not be able to join. Knit on the knit sides and purl on the wrong side.

Begin decreases, K on the odd rows and P on the even rows.

Fasten off in same manner as listed above except leave a much longer tail of yarn and seam the back of the hat closed.






Formula for a basic Knitted Hat

This link was provided in a post at the Knitting Help forum (ever been there? It’s a nice forum with genuinely friendly members, admins and mods). It is a basic formula for figuring out how many stitches you need to knit a hat regardless of the size needles or weight of yarn you are using.  If you know how to knit and know how to knit and measure a gauge swatch you can knit a hat.  Check out the Knitted Basic Hat “Formula” Pattern

Newborn Hats for Hospitals

I kept the hats our children received at the hospital when they were born. Vee’s and Stephanie’s were handknit and I keep them with my stashed yarn always thinking someday maybe I will knit these little hats to donate. Today, when I was checking out Knitting pattern Central’s new patterns I came across this free pattern. Aren’t they so cute??! http://themakeyourownzone.blogspot.com/2011/03/knitting-newborn-hats-for-hospitals.html

Guess when I’m off my kick of crocheting baby hats and animal hats I have an idea what I’ll be knitting :)

Sizing Charts for Crochet and Knitting

Helpful Size Charts I use for Knitting and Crochet

Blanket sizes including afghans:


Head Size Chart:


Baby Measurements:


Foot Sizes:


Foot sizes and skirt lengths


Basic Beanie – shows sizes for baby thru adult ribbed beanie hats:


Vee’s Yoga Anklet Footies w/pattern

 Yoga Footies Knitting Pattern

These are sooooo easy to make.  If you have never knit socks or used tiny needles this could be a good intro for you.  Since there is no heel, no stitches to pick up and there is no toe area to graft these are a quick knitting project.

NOTE:  She is wearing these to school today with flip flops….now why hadn’t I thought of that? LOL

My teen and preteen daughter take Yoga classes and wanted socks without toes and heels so they could get better traction on their mats.

I made the first sock following a pattern that I picked up in the store but the girls were quick to point out that they don’t wear bobbie sock length socks, they like footies so I played around with patterns and developed these.
The pattern used was inspired by Patons Kroy Socks Yoga Socks.

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Size 2 dpn’s

100 yards Sock yarn ( I used Premier Yarns, Serenity Sock Weight in Amethyst)

18 stitches x14 rows= 2”

Cable cast on 64 stitches and knit 1×1 rib for 1 ½”

Next round evenly increase by 6 stitches (72 stitches)
Next round – bind off loosely the first 36 stitches and finish round in 1×1 ribbing.

Cable cast on 36 stitches and rejoin in round.
Continue 1×1 ribbing for 5 more rows.

On this next round decrease 6 stitches evenly around. This is the only time you will do this in this row of the pattern.

Continue with pattern below.
Round 1 – Knit all
Round 2- K1, P3. Repeat around
Round 3- Knit all
Round 4- K1, P3. Repeat around
Round 5- Knit all
Round 6 – P2, K1, P1. Repeat around
Round 7 – Knit all
Round 8 – P2, K1, P1. Repeat around

Continue until work measures 2 ½” . Make sure to end by completing a knit all round (one of the odd # rows)

1×1 ribbing for 5 more rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

End of pattern

Get a PDF of this pattern at Craftsy

Yoga anklet pattern

Have You Seen These Yoga Sock Patterns?
Stretchy Yoga Footies |

Yoga Socks Knitted in Worsted Weight

Ally’s Stretch Yoga Socks Pattern

Patton’s Stretch Yarn Yoga Socks ~ Free Knitting Pattern

This was the first ‘sock type’ thing I ever knit and more importantly the first pattern I ever attempted to type up and make available.  If you find something that isn’t quite right or does not make sense please let me know as it is very likely you are a more experienced knitter than I.

If you are a complete beginner but think you might want to knit socks someday this could be a great intro to tiny needles and stretch yarn.

So here is my go at the pattern:

Approx 1/2 skein Pattons Stretch Sock for the pair
Us size 3 DPN’s (if you prefer using two circulars or magic loop that method should work fine)

My gauge is 14 stitches, 18 rows= 2″

  • Pattern
    Cast on 52 ( I used a cabled cast)
  • P1, K1 ribbing in the round for 2″ (approx 16 rows)
  • Knit 1″ (approx 11 rows) ( I used stockingnet stitch but you could do any pattern you prefer for this area)
  • 5 rows 1×1 rib
  • Cable bind off the first 26 stitches, continue ribbing across remaining (26)stitches  Here is a video I found that demonstrates the cable bind off.  You could also do a k1, p1 bind off.
  • Cable cast on another 26 stitches and proceed with 1×1 rib for 5 more rows
  • Decrease 6 stitches evenly around (46 stitches)
  • Knit for 3″ ( I used stockingnette stitch but you could do any pattern you prefer for this area)
  • Change to 1×1 ribbing for 5 rows
  • Cable cast off (or k1, p1 bind off) and weave in any ends
  • Repeat for second sock.

Get a .PDF of this pattern



If you make these please let me know, I’d love to see a pic.

 Have You Seen These Yoga Sock Patterns?
Short Yoga Anklets |
Yoga Socks Knitted in Worsted Weight