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”.

135 comments on “2 Socks at-a-Time, Magic Loop

  1. 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

    Linda

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. 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

  16. 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?

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

  18. 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

  19. 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!!

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

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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

  34. 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?

    Thanks!

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