November 28th, 2012

2 Socks at-a-Time, Magic Loop

After receiving many requests, here you go! This tutorial demonstrates how to knit two socks at-a-time, using magic loop – or one long circular needle to knit both socks.

This pattern is packed full. In the download, you will receive:
1. Two patterns – one uses worsted-weight yarn, the other uses sock-weight yarn.
2. Two sizes – each pattern has sizes for both men and women.
3. Both charted and written instructions for the heel, so you can choose your favorite.
4. Links to a five-part instructional video (video is viewable at the bottom of this post).

Once you learn the techniques I demonstrate here, you can easily use your new skills to work any sock pattern this way. Additionally, I believe I have invented a new way to work a heel – and once you learn this heel, you can easily substitute it in other patterns. (If you have seen this heel elsewhere, let me know. I haven’t!)

For the worsted-weight version:
Size: Medium (to fit any size woman’s foot, average width), Large (to fit any size man’s foot, average width)
Needles: Size 6 US (4mm) circular needles, at least 24” in length (longer is better); you will also need two additional needles in the same size or close to it for the cast-on (I like to use two double-pointed needles)
Yarn: at least 200 yards of worsted-weight yarn, wound into two equally-sized balls. (For a longer sock, especially in the men’s size, you may want more than 200 yards of yarn.)
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette, unstretched

For the sock-weight version:
Size: Medium (to fit any size woman’s foot, average width), Large (to fit any size man’s foot, average width)
Needles: Size 1 US (2.5mm) circular needles, at least 24” in length (longer is better); you will also need two additional needles in the same size or close to it for the cast-on (I like to use two double-pointed needles)
Yarn: at least 400 yards of sock-weight yarn, wound into two equally-sized balls (I used Hazel Knits Piquant Lite in color “Arroyo”)
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: 8 stitches per inch in stockinette, unstretched

Pattern + links to 5-part instructional videos $10 US via PayPal

Links to things you’ll see in this video:

Beautiful green circular needles (size 6 US, 32″) are by Signature Needle Arts.

The yarn I use in the sock-weight socks is Hazel Knits Piquant Lite in color “Arroyo”.

The Spiral Scarf on the mannequin is a free pattern and video tutorial.

The worsted weight yarn I use for demonstrating is Ella Rae Classic, color “Plum”.


  1. THANK YOU!!! Cannot wait to start on these — like tonite. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this!

    Comment by Jan H — November 28, 2012 @ 9:33 am

  2. Oh StacI this is just too cool! I will be purchasing this as soon as I get home. Yea, can’t wait to knit some socks up

    Comment by Elsa Corsi — November 28, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  3. This is my favourite way to knit socks.. So glad I’ve now got an instruction video from you on this! Yippee x

    Comment by Michelle — November 28, 2012 @ 11:05 am

  4. Great Staci! I think you should call the heel “Staci’s Tidy Heel”.
    Can’t wait to try it. I have been doing Cat Bordhi’s heel but it is hard to remember and I often get confused “Putting Ma back on the horse”. lol.

    Comment by Deb — November 28, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  5. Thank soooooooooooooo much I can now use this for sleeves too

    Comment by Betty — November 28, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  6. I was hoping for magic loop instructions but the intro here seems to refer to 24″ circulars, not long enough for Magic Loop I don’t believe. Please let me know so I know whether to buy the pattern and video.

    Thank you

    Comment by Carol — November 28, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  7. Carol – yes, this pattern is for magic loop socks, two at-a-time. A 24″ circular is the shortest possible you can use, I recommend longer. In the video, I demonstrate with 32″ circulars.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 28, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this two at a time video with the new “easy tidy heel”. I love knitting 2 at a time magic loop socks. Can’t wait to try your new heel pattern. Your videos were the catalist I needed to get me back to knitting again after a 40 year hiatus. So thank you again for all your hard work.

    Comment by Penny — November 30, 2012 @ 7:55 am

  9. Hi Staci. I think you should call your heel “Smiple Tidy Heel” hope it helps . Thanks for all of.
    your videos

    Comment by kylie — November 30, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  10. Sorry misspelled word” Simple.

    Comment by kylie — November 30, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  11. HI Staci ~ Is this a toe up method? I am downloading this! THANK YOU!!!

    Comment by Laurie — December 2, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

  12. Hi Laurie – these socks are cuff-down. I have a tutorial for toe-up, magic loop – but that tutorial demonstrates one sock at-a-time.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — December 2, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  13. Thanks Staci! I am working on the toe up version. I am stuck at the heal. I have your one sock method and so I am going to sit down and figure that out on my two at a time! Hope you do one for toe up for those of us who are sock challenged. :0)

    Comment by Laurie — December 2, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  14. I haven’t tried the two-at-a-time yet but I saw your tutorial with the Tidy Heel just when I was about to get to the heel part of a pattern I was working on. It called for wraps which I hate and can’t do well so I thought I would try your heel and it was so easy and it looks great. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now to try the two at a time.

    Comment by Janice — December 6, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  15. Well, Staci, I am afraid I have to tell you, I have seen this heel before… The first pair of socks I ever knitted was a Red Heart pattern and used this technique. I prefer the short row technique because it looks neater when I do it. (Ladders are a big problem for me with circular knitting!) I made a sock monkey (that sent my cousin’s little girl into fits of delight) using the short row method; the end product being satisfying to me as well (I am my own worst critic) Thanks so much for the videos! I have learned SO MUCH from you!

    Comment by Kristen — December 13, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

  16. I too have seen this heel before, but in a more finicky version in the Sock Madness pattern ‘Supporter’s Socks’. There, the heel is acknowledged as a variation on “Mock Short-Row Heel” from “The Sock Knitter’s Workshop”.

    So while you cannot exactly take credit for inventing it, you did, as Elizabeth Zimmerman used to say “unvent” it, that is, you came up with it on your own. I like your version better than the variant I had to do on the Supporter’s Socks as well. I don’t enjoy picking up stitches in purl nubs.

    Comment by Elizabeth — December 17, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  17. 11:30 on a Monday with a box of wine. Let’s do this.

    Comment by Meghan — December 17, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  18. Why not call it “Staci’s Pick one up later Heel”. Sounds like the earlier heels done this way may very well be variations of this – but why not name the name you came up with anyway?

    Comment by Giselle — December 23, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  19. I don’t seem to be able to master the German cast on for the second sock,is it okay if I do a long tail,I so want to get started on two socks at a time,have been looking for a tutorial for about two weeks now,thanks so much,and I understand everything you are talking about.

    Comment by Coed — December 23, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  20. Why not call it “Very Pink heel”?

    Comment by Maya Lööf — January 6, 2013 @ 10:58 am

  21. Thank you very much for this excellent course. You are a very good? educator. I have never followed patterns in English, but I had no problem at all to understand how to do this. I love this because I suffer terribly of “second sock syndrome” . I also love the heel and the toe assembly. Very nice!

    Comment by Maya Lööf — January 6, 2013 @ 10:58 am

  22. hi staci , is the heel on this pattern the same as magic loop ladies socks. txs in advance . julie

    Comment by julie — January 9, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  23. […] auch erstmal ne Weile im Regal verschwand. Bis ich vor kurzem ein zufällig ein Tutorial Video von Very Pink gesehen habe, wo die Methode sehr gut erklärt […]

    Pingback by Zwei Socken auf einmal stricken…. « — January 21, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

  24. Staci, take away the question mark in my comment above. It waswn’t ment to be there /Maya

    Comment by Maya Lööf — February 7, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

  25. Thanks for pointing me to this pattern which explains a new way to turn the heel; it’s so easy!

    Comment by Rosie Crosby — February 14, 2013 @ 8:28 am

  26. I think I found your heel in an old Norwegian book written by Vibeke Lind, at least I think it is. Look at page 127 (or 119):
    It is called; sandglass heel

    The whole book is fantastic.

    Comment by Maya Lööf — February 21, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

  27. Staci,
    With this pattern, can I shorten up the cuff??
    Some people like the longer cuff and others like a shorter cuff.

    Comment by Jan — March 12, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

  28. Hi Jan – yes, you can make the cuff any length you like, longer or shorter. It will not change the rest of the pattern.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — March 12, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  29. Hello Staci,
    I took this idea and tried it on baby tube socks.
    I can’t say how much I just LOVE this.
    I do have second sock syndrome, so this is perfect.

    I also really enjoy watching ALL your videos.
    Thanks for very much for doing this for all us knitters.

    Comment by Jan — March 13, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  30. I purchased this pattern and have a question regarding the cuff. I am going to make these in more of a PomPom Ped style and was curious about the picture…

    The picture shows a bit of ribbing on the heel, this would not work well for the peds since the cuff is only about an inch high. Should I knit and purl a few rows, on the back only, before I start the cuff? I can already feel me constantly pulling the sock up in the back, lol.


    Comment by Donna — March 20, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

  31. Hi Staci, I made the socks over the weekend, but I had bumps and holes on the heal it did not look like yours.
    What do u think I’m doing wrong?

    Comment by Rosa — March 25, 2013 @ 8:12 am

  32. Rosa – it may be that you’re picking up too much when you’re picking up stitches for the heel. Remember, you just want to pick up a single V – nothing more, nothing less. Also, your socks may benefit from washing and blocking – sometimes things look lumpy until you wash them, then everything magically smooths out.
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — March 25, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  33. I really want to that you for this video… I alwayswanted to to make a pair of socks. But all the other give for tiny yarn and needles… And to make two at the same time… This should be very interestin. Going to cross my fingers and lets see…will keep you informed. Once again thank you…

    Comment by Kevin Lopez — April 1, 2013 @ 8:33 am

  34. I love your tutorials. Ive bought many of your patterns. I am still working on the socks. I had to use another heel cuz I couldn’t see how u did the PU due to the dark purple yarn. I didn realize until I used another heel that the PU is the entire V of the stitch. I’m sort of new to knitting & these were my first socks so it wasn’t obvious until later.

    Of all the knitters who do tutorials I love your setup best because I can see what you do clearly. Your videos have helped me teach myself to knit on many flights around the country. Thanks so much. X

    Comment by Xultar — April 17, 2013 @ 3:48 am

  35. How about this for the name of your new heel?

    Hie Heel Hie, because it’s so much faster, and it’s a word play on
    High Heel.

    And thanks so much for your videos. I could never have taught myself from printed instructions.

    Comment by Sandra Educate — April 30, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

  36. I recently purchased this pattern and can’t wait to start these socks….so looking forwarding to doing this new heel…..I never had much luck with wraps and turns so this new heel is exciting…..the ordering process was easy and very well executed regarding receipts etc……I have watched your videos on your wonderful website and I think you are a fabulous teacher……the written instructions for these socks couldn’t be better! Very well thought out and explained…..I love all the links you give for so many things! Thank you so much for a job well done! Did I mention that I LOVE your website?

    Comment by Diana — May 26, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  37. Thank you Staci. This will be my first attempt at knitting socks. I was especially attracted to the heel. Can’t wait to start.

    Comment by Desiree — June 10, 2013 @ 9:02 am

  38. Staci
    Could you do a toe up version of the magic loop sock?? Thank you

    Comment by Cindy — July 21, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

  39. can you do a toe up sock? thank you

    Comment by Cindy — July 21, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

  40. Sorry meant to say magic loop toe up…

    Comment by Cindy — July 21, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

  41. Yes – I have that tutorial here:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — July 21, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

  42. Hej Staci,

    Do you also have a video where you show how you hold the yarn in your right hand and how you use your right hand?
    Thanks in advance! 😉

    Comment by Wendy — July 28, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  43. Yes, Wendy – here you go:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — July 28, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

  44. Hej Staci,

    Just bought your patern but I have some questions.
    *Can you please tell me the difference between worsted-weight yarn and sock-weight yarn (I am not English so I am not familiar with these terms ..).
    *And I have european needles size 3.5 (US 4) with matching Nordic sockyarn, you use 6 in this pattern: how do I (re)calculate how many stitches I need for this pattern with what I use?
    Can you please help me out?
    Thank you so much in advance!

    Comment by Wendy — August 4, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

  45. Hi Wendy – yes, different parts of the world use different terms for yarn weights. I have this answered on my FAQ page. You can find a yarn weight conversion chart here:
    and a needle size conversion chart here.
    Regarding modifying the pattern to use a different weight of yarn, that is also answered on my FAQ page:

    Q: I’d like to knit one of your sock tutorials, but I want to use sock yarn and smaller needles. Can I alter the pattern for this?
    A: My sock tutorials use worsted-weight yarn and bigger needles so that you can quickly and easily learn the techniques involved. I recommend you knit the pattern as written first, then you’ll have the skills you need to move on to all kinds of sock patterns that use sock yarn and smaller needles. Not only will you find that my sock tutorials knit up very quickly, but knitters have a much better success rate with their first socks if they’re knit with worsted yarn and bigger needles. Trust me – I’ve taught thousands of people to knit socks this way, and I want you to have a successful experience, too!

    Here is my FAQ page, which includes links to sock patterns that use the same techniques as my sock tutorials, but with sock-weight yarn and smaller needles:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — August 4, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

  46. So most of the socks I’ve done previously have a heel flap. I’m guessing these do not? Would I then make the cuff part longer?

    Comment by Kathy — August 6, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  47. Kathy – you can make the cuff as long as you like…this heel is worked differently than patterns that have a heel flap, but the lack of a heel flap doesn’t necessitate a longer cuff. It’s up to you how long you’d like the cuff.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — August 6, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

  48. Staci,
    Do you do the heel exactly the same if you are doing 2 at-a-time toe up?

    Comment by Judi — August 17, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  49. Hi Judi – yes, the heel I demonstrate for this sock can be worked in either cuff-down or toe-up socks. It is identical, both ways.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — August 17, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

  50. Hello Staci,

    I have very little experience with knitting, other needle works & yarn, yes.
    All of the sudden I want to knit socks, and I am so driven.
    I ran across your site & have been watching your “YouTube” lesson’s.
    I want to tell you “Thank You” very much for sharing your
    Knowledge & Teaching skills. I am starting with the Magic Loop,
    and you have helped me so much. I have ripped it out uncountable times,
    and start back over. I don’t want this to defeat me. I hope in
    time it will all feel comfortable to me.

    Thank You, Thank You very much, I will keep visiting your lessons & site,

    Sincerely, Tricia

    Comment by Tricia — August 22, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  51. I have just watched your video on knitting socks. I have been wanting to try some but have stayed away from them, but you make them look easy. I have purchased some of your patterns before, so I always come back to your website. I’m going to purchase this pattern, I think I can do it. I’m an advanced knitter. I just love to knit, I taught myself from a book, but the more I do the more I get confused. I just want to say thank you so much for the time you have put in ALL your videos. It’s well worth it to us other knitters. Also thank you soooooo much for keeping your patterns at a reasonable price that we can afford. Please keep up the fantastic work you do so well


    Comment by Linda — August 28, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

  52. I was going to say advanced beginner knitter

    Comment by Linda — August 28, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

  53. Thanks Staci for the wonderful instructions for knitting 2 sock with one circular needle. I have DVD’s for knitting 2 at a time with 2 circular. Didn’t really want to use this method. I knit socks using only the Magic Loop method. Now with your instructions, I can knit 2 socks at the same time using the Magic Loop. You made it easy for me to do!! I probably will not use your heel method, because I like the heel flap and heel turn better. I wished that you had used a lighter colored yarn in the demo. Thanks Again, Nonnie

    Comment by Nonnie — September 2, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

  54. Hi, Staci. First off, I have to say that I love your videos and they are so helpful when I have a problem or when I want to try something new. One suggestion I have is PLEASE make these videos downloadable.

    As I was watching this I was wondering, would you be able to do this with other projects where you need or want to make a pair such as gloves?

    Comment by Corinne — September 17, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

  55. Also, can this method be used for socks with a heel flap?

    Comment by Corinne — September 17, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

  56. Corinne – thank you for the note! There are programs out there that allow you to download YouTube videos, but I’m not sure they’re entirely legal. I’ve had requests from other people for DVDs and/or downloadable videos – but I’d really rather keep them online and free for everyone.

    To answer your question – yes. Once you’re comfortable with this method of knitting, you can use it to knit any two small tubes at the same time, really any pattern.
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — September 17, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

  57. […] first pair of top-down two-at-a-time socks are finished. I used the pattern from, and I found it quite easy to work, so my thanks to Staci for writing such clear […]

    Pingback by Top-Down Two-at-a-Time Socks | A Man, His Needles, and Some Yarn — October 4, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  58. How can I get intructions for you new method of knitting the heel??? I thinkit sounds wonderful!

    Comment by Ruth — October 11, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

  59. It’s all in the pattern, Ruth!

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — October 11, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  60. I watched your video but it said two sock patterns would follow & I can’t find the patterns can you please direct me to the proper place please.

    Comment by jeanette — October 12, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  61. Jeanette – yes, here on this page where you commented, you can purchase and instantly download the pattern. Just click the big white button that says “add to cart”.

    S t a c i

    Comment by S t a c i — October 12, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  62. Thank you so much for the video, very helpful! FYI, the change of nail color to neutral was most helpful, as the dark color in your previous video was distracting.

    Comment by Treva — October 14, 2013 @ 9:31 am

  63. I just stumbled upon this website a few weeks ago. I have learned so much. You do a GREAT job. Thank you.

    Comment by Rita Zimmer — October 18, 2013 @ 8:16 am

  64. Is the pattern for toe up/ two at a time on magic loop, include your new heel? I only do my socks that way now.

    Comment by Carol — October 18, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

  65. Yes – this is the only sock pattern I currently have available that uses my new heel design.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — October 18, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

  66. I just discovered your pattern for making two socks at one time and can’t wait to try it. But first I would like to use your new heel method on a sock I am currently making. I am using a Size 2 needle and 56 total stitches, so 28 front and back. When making the heel using your method, would I still do 18 decrease rows bringing the width of the heel down to 10 stitches (instead of the 14(18) shown on your pattern)? Or do I knit fewer decrease rows? I am not very good at making adjustments to patterns, but I am learning. I purchased your pattern, and when I finish this pair, I will definitely try knitting two at a time. Thanks, and your videos are great – I never thought I would learn to knit socks at 62 years old.

    Comment by Irene Duke — October 20, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

  67. Hi Irene – your questions really depend on the gauge you are knitting. You may want to experiment with how deeply you’re making short-rows for the heel, if your gauge is different from the two gauges I give in the pattern.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — October 20, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

  68. I bought your pattern and am looking forward to doing another pair of socks from the top down using your new heel. It looks quite simple compared to others I have tried. I would like to also use it for my socks two at a time from the toe up. I know it is done the same way but when would you start the heel? Down from the ankle bone, so many inches from the toe or somewhere else? There must be a formula for that way too, and I am sure others would like to know.

    Comment by Carol — October 21, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

  69. Hi Carol – I went to go measure the heel on these socks, and I no longer have either pair (worsted or fingering), they were both given as gifts. It’s easy to figure out in the exact gauge you’re knitting. First, measure your row gauge. Then look at the proper chart for the socks you’re knitting, and look at the number of rows. Take half the number of rows in the chart, and divide it by your row gauge. You will want to start the heel when you are that measurement short of the desired length.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — October 21, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

  70. Hi Staci,

    First off, thanks for your great videos! You do a fantastic job. I ordered the pattern for the 2 socks at-a-Time Magic Loop method, and am having a blast working on my first pair of sock. I have a question though. When I join the stitches and begin working in the round, I have this ladder effect that I’ve not been able to get rid of. The ladder runs between the two sides of the sock, all the way down the cuff. I’ve tried, whenever I am knitting the first and last few stitches, to pull those stitches tight, but it hasn’t seemed to help. Do you have any advice for me, or does practice just make perfect? Thanks!

    Comment by Rachel — October 21, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

  71. Hi Rachel – this video should help!

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — October 21, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

  72. Hi Stacie…this looks awesome!!! I have a question…if I wanted these to be knee socks, what would I do? I was wondering if I’d increase slightly for the calf…I’m clueless

    Thanks! :)

    Comment by Donna — November 2, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

  73. Donna – it sort of depends on your calf size. Two-by-two rib (for the cuff) is very stretchy, and will fit over thin calves. Thicker calves will require increases. This pattern is really written for shorter socks…if you’ve never knit knee socks before, I suggest you find a pattern you like, and follow that. (After you knit this pattern/tutorial, and learn the techniques!)
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 2, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

  74. Hi Staci,

    Love the videos. I am excited to keep trying. I first tried doing the sock weight pattern but was having issues with my circular needle not being long enough… I just extended them but the part where I extend the wire may not work because it is not flexible.. WE will see.. but I do have a question. The socks in each pattern look different. Why? I really like the look of the sock weight version.. The sock goes higher on the calf. Can I use the worsted weight with the sock weight pattern to have the same look or should I do something different with the worsted pattern?

    Comment by Dorie — November 13, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

  75. Dorie – you can knit the cuffs as long as you like! That is a very easy modification to the pattern.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 13, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

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  78. THANK YOU!!! Cannot wait to start on these — like tonite. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this!

    Comment by Beb?k Ilona — December 1, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  79. Buying this now! I am so excited to start on this!

    Comment by Madeline — December 3, 2013 @ 11:38 am

  80. Hi Staci, I would like to order your Two at a Time Magic Loop Socks using the heel technique you invented but I don’t order ANYTHING via the computer. If you would send me an address where I can order this pattern, I would greatly it and will send you a check to cover the cost as well as my mailing address. Thank you for your help.

    Alice Greenleaf

    Comment by Alice Greenleaf — January 22, 2014 @ 10:09 am

  81. Hi Alice – thank you for the note. Sorry, my business is set up to sell downloadable patterns online. I’m afraid I can’t help you. If you are more comfortable with buying things online via Amazon, I have a Kindle eBook store there where many of my patterns are available:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — January 22, 2014 @ 10:25 am

  82. Hey Staci,
    You are BY FAR the best knitting teacher on the internet!!
    When I am trying to learn something new in knitting I go straight to your website!!
    I have decided to try 2 socks at once, but would like to know which you think would be easier – with two circulars or one?
    Thank you!!

    Comment by Sarah Hines — February 2, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

  83. Hey Staci,
    To add to my last question, do you have to do the “easy tidy heel”, or can you do the regular heel?

    Comment by Sarah Hines — February 2, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

  84. Hi Sarah – it’s really a personal preference. I prefer one long needle instead of two – I don’t like the extra cord and needles flopping around.

    S t a c i

    Comment by S t a c i — February 2, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  85. Do any of your books have use your heel technique with the two at a time magic loop socks? What did you end up calling this heel technique?

    Comment by Kathy — February 4, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

  86. Which pattern do I order if I want to knit 2 socks at a time toe up? I purchased two at a time and that was starting at the cuff. Thanks for your help.Kaathleen

    Comment by Kathleen — February 24, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

  87. Staci, I bought your pattern and am following your tutorial–my first socks. I’ve done Part 2, the cuff, and the heel decreases of Part 3. But I’m stuck on the next part, rows 11-18 for the heel increases. Of course, my problem is in picking up. I worked rows 11-18, but clearly did the picking up wrong so I just ripped them out and am poised to try again.

    In the video for row 11 you indicate that the PU & K should be into the stitch (the “V”) directly following the marked stitch. Your video only shows a couple decrease rows. However, having worked all the decrease rows, I’m looking at about six “V”s that run along the edge waiting to be picked up. My question: For each of rows 11-18, do I pick up the “V” directly following the marked stitch? In which case, for row 12 would I pick up the second “V” up from the marked stitch? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Comment by Gail Littlefield — February 25, 2014 @ 7:29 am

  88. Hi Gail – sorry you’re having trouble. The increase rows for the heel should match up with the number of stitches you have there to pick up…since you are finding that you have so many extras, you first want to make sure that you worked the correct number of decrease rows, and no extra rows, probably without decreases. (You can see by the chart that it comes out mathematically sound.)

    That said, this happens – with socks and other patterns where you pick up stitches. (Maybe elves come in the night to mess with us?) You just need to make it work. To avoid holes, you want to pick up the first stitch, then space out the rest of the picked up stitches to the end, picking up the last stitch to avoid a hole.

    I hope that helps – good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — February 25, 2014 @ 8:30 am

  89. […] en avhengighetsskapende vane. Jeg har blant annet lært avanserte ting som å montere plagg eller strikke to sokker på magic loop samtidig – eller mindre avanserte ting som enhver strikker bør kunne, nemlig å hente opp masker du […]

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  90. I made my first pair of socks with this and love the fact that when you are done there is no second sock to knit. I have 2 questions at the joining of front to back it is lumpy. And the heel is bumpy and has big holes. What do I need to do? Love your tutorial.

    Comment by Charlotte — March 25, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  91. Hi Charlotte – thank you for the note, I’m glad you’re enjoying the tutorial. I can’t guess at what might be going wrong – if you’re following the pattern correctly, row-by-row, I can only guess that it’s general tension issues. Practice makes perfect!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — March 25, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

  92. Hi Staci, I would love to try your two at a time sock pattern but I haven’t been able to find a US 1 circular knitting needle that’s longer than 16 inches- can you reccomend any, I tried looking at the sites you list in your videos but I’ve only been able to find US 3- maybe I’m not looking hard enough :( thanks for your help

    Comment by Nancy — June 5, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

  93. Nancy – if you live in the US, you can try for a complete needle selection. It is a store called Webs, and a trusted online retailer.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — June 5, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

  94. Thanks so much Staci- just checked it out and they have the right size- in bamboo too, my fav!

    Comment by Nancy — June 6, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

  95. Thank you for showing me this way. I was using double points needles. I finish the first one I didn’t finish the second one I got bore I will try this way

    Comment by cathy — June 11, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

  96. Thank you so much for the video I made my first pair and I have to admit how fast they were. My prroblem was were you pickd up an extra stitch I didnt get why you were talking about ribbing there, well I figured it out had to rip out some but they are for the homeles aand you cant tell it unless you really get up close and personal! I just love your videos you go slow and explain things so wwell, plus you make it interesting with your jokes and storries. I wouldlove to meet you one day! My hero.

    Comment by Jennifer Taylor — July 4, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

  97. I’ve never knit socks before but I love to knit hats with magic loop. I would like to learn to knit socks, do you think I could complete with pattern without ever knitting a sock before?

    Comment by SarahJean — July 18, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

  98. Thank you for the great tutorial, I have been wanting to learn to knit TAAT for quite sometime. I’m only up to the leg right now but so far you’re made it effortless…Thanks Karen

    Comment by Karen Hogancamp — August 24, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

  99. […] decided to change my tactic!  I’d been planning to do one of Staci’s tutorials for knitting two socks at a time using the magic loop method.  This way you work on the two socks […]

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  100. Hi, I have knitted about 3 inches of the cuffs, but I am having trouble controlling the tension and getting a big run or ladder on the side of each sock (I can change the position on the outside, so only happening on the inside). What can I do to help prevent this?


    Comment by Jessica — November 2, 2014 @ 7:25 am

  101. Jessica – I’m not sure what you mean by “I can change the position on the outside, so only happening on the inside”, but here is my video on Avoiding Ladders. Hope this helps:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — November 2, 2014 @ 7:35 am

  102. I’m just having a terrible time at the very beginning, in the first couple of rows, with joining the front and backs into the cuffs. It’s more than just Ladders, it’s almost as if the front and back of each sock aren’t even really connected to each other, except by a couple of limp pieces of yarn! I’ve now started over 4 times and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I did watch the Avoiding Ladders video, but that didn’t seem to be the problem. Does this sound familiar??

    Comment by Sarah — January 22, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

  103. Sarah – based on where you’ve left this comment, I’m assuming you’re knitting the cuff-down magic loop socks. If you’re having a difficult time getting the magic loop part to work with a good tube of knitting, you really need to watch the first stitch of each half, and really make sure you pull it tightly. (I don’t always recommend pulling tightly, but it sounds like that’s what you need in this case.) I’m not sure I’ve seen exactly what you’re describing before…give that a try, and see if it doesn’t help. Good luck!

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — January 22, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

  104. Thank you for the advice and for your great videos! – Sarah

    Comment by sarah — January 23, 2015 @ 7:50 am

  105. I’m so excited to try the TAAT socks in magic loop. I’m starting with the pattern for worsted yarn. In trying to achieve the correct gauge, I am now working with a size 2 needle…started with a size 6! I can’t seem to get the correct gauge! I usually have to adjust needle size somewhat, but this is making me crazy. What is wrong with me?

    Comment by Karen — February 14, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

  106. Karen – are you sure you’re looking at the gauge for the worsted weight socks? The gauge for worsted is 6 stitches per inch, the gauge for the fingering weight is 8.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — February 14, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

  107. Hi Staci. Went to buy pattern. One is for 8 dollars, other for 10. I need pattern to make worsted weight and wool sock yarn, toe up. Wish is the correct pattern. Wool wound into 50g balls ready to go. Thank you. Didn’t want to buy two patterns.
    Kindest regards

    Comment by Cecilia — February 18, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

  108. I am sorry Staci, know where I went wrong. Have just piurchaded pattern now xx kindest regards Cecilia

    Comment by Cecilia — February 18, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

  109. I have made 3 pairs of socks with this pattern and end up with a large hole in the same place every time. Its where you start knitting in the round after the heel. I am following your pattern line by line and cannot figure out how this is happening. Can you help with this?

    Thank you

    Comment by Mary — May 10, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

  110. Mary – that is something that can happen, depending on your gauge, your tension, your yarn choice, etc. This video should help:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — May 11, 2015 @ 6:13 am

  111. Hi staci
    i actually have a daughter who goes on your website to see tutorials of the projects that she can knit. She is only 10 years old but she has taken a great interest in your projects and videos. i got her a pattern the day before yesterday, and she knit a pair of beautiful socks. She was just wondering if she was to knit socks for a person who is kind of like her age, then how many increases and decreases would she have to do for the heel?

    Comment by Farnaz — June 11, 2015 @ 8:58 am

  112. Hi Farnaz – Most of my patterns and tutorials (including this one) are designed to teach the skills and techniques you need to knit that item (socks, sweaters, etc.). Once you’ve finished a tutorial, you have what you need to know to move on to all kinds of similar patterns, available in all sizes. I’m sorry – resizing a pattern is not a quick or simple thing.

    I’m sure your daughter can find a sock pattern designed to fit her size on Ravelry, that uses the same techniques she learned in my tutorial. Here is my video showing how to use Ravelry Advanced Search:

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — June 11, 2015 @ 9:16 am

  113. Hi Staci! I was moving along great until I hit the heel. My heel has a hole at every ssk. The k2tog are ok but just ok. I have a photo I can send you. Any thoughts? Appreciate all of your amazing patterns and tutorials. Thank you!

    Comment by Amy Ostafy — June 16, 2015 @ 5:32 pm

  114. Amy – please review the ssk technique here:

    SSK stitches shouldn’t create holes…make sure you’re keeping good tension!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — June 16, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

  115. Hi Staci,

    I successfully finished my one sock with a magic loop on one circular needle — and I just bought your wonderful pattern for 2-at-a-Time Magic Loop Socks.

    I watched the video above, and I *Understood Every Step* — which is thanks to your superb instructions on the video and also due to your excellent videographer.

    You put a lot of time and expertise into instructing people all over the world, and I am *grateful* to you for sharing your knowledge with us.

    Now I can hardly wait for my Local Yarn Shop to open, so I can purchase supplies! :)

    Comment by Cathryn — June 28, 2015 @ 6:34 pm

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