It all started with the book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes (rav link). Knitting two socks at a time. I have tried several other methods of knitting two at a time socks and this is the one that “clicked” for me.
The greatest thing about knitting two at a time besides not having the “second sock syndrome” is any alterations you make in the pattern, are immediately done on each sock. I had trouble writing it down, (thinking I’ll remember I did this), ha, no telling how long it would be between each sock.
I love her book and the patterns. Almost all of the patterns are for socks I would actually make and wear, or gift to someone. Hot tip!! She is in process of writing another book! The second book will be out in April of 2010 and is toe-up, two at a time.
I did try other methods before this one made sense, if this book doesn't work for you try some others:
Knitting Circles Around Socks: Knit Two at a Time on Circular Needles by Antje Gillingham
the Queen Kahuna Books, she has toe up and cuff down on two circulars
Suddenly I was thinking 2 at a time for many things. Mittens, and sleeves! I have read about making both sweater sleeves at one time before but never seriously contemplated trying it. Melissa’s book has given me the skills to plan and carry this out.
I have recently fallen in love with a Knitscene fingerless mitts pattern and am determined to knit them 2 at a time.
May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies…