But I didn’t mean to.
In my last post, when quickly explaining two socks at once, I said that you need to cast on for one sock, place that one on hold, and then cast on for the second one. Well, why? This really kept bugging me, why can’t you just cast on for both at once? I didn’t read a tutorial on this before I started, but Angela later found one here (toe-up, figure 8 co) and here (mostly about the heels).
It was bugging me so much that I decided to try it out. I grabbed two skeins of leftover yarn and some 5mm circs. They are 24″ so the example isn’t perfect, but it will do.
Alrighty, two skeins, one needle, and figure 8 cast on twice. So far so good. I had 24 sts per “sock”.
I was still worried though about the first two rows of knitting. How would the awaiting red sock do while I was knitting the top of the purple one? And how would both bottom rows handle just hanging out on the cord?
Guess what, it works fine! Two socks cast on at the same time: done. Admittedly not the most beautiful toes, I didn’t tighten the stitches and I squished the two socks for the picture, but you get the idea. Now I wonder if this would work with a short row toe.
eta: Here is one of my favorite figure-8 cast on tutorials.