The Knit 2 socks in 1 method adapted for low attention span knitters

I’ve been seriously enjoying, Safiyyah Talley’s, aka TheDrunkKnitter, book Knit 2 Socks in 1.

Yet my scattered way of getting things done and my short attention span need to reorder and over document some things. I’m going to do/share that here. Here’s version one:

I love the Everyday Socks. The book lists six steps to making the socks. There are really way more. So here are the six “steps” expanded so that it’s easy to mark off each thing/step you have to do to end up with 2 finished socks. I missed a step on my second pair so no leg? or no foot – it’s hard to tell :-0

  • prerequisite to understanding this post – buy the book! it’s great and follow Safiyyah Talley on social media

Short Story: Every Step The Uncommented Upon Version

  • just the steps
    • cast on
    • knit cuff one
    • knit leg one
    • add heel one lifeline
    • knit foot one
    • add separation lifelines
    • knit leg two
    • add heel two lifeline
    • knit foot two
    • knit toe two
    • separate the socks
    • knit cuff two
    • knit toe one
    • sew in all ends
    • wear proudly

Long Story: Commentary on the Steps

    1. make and document all your decisions:
      • note: There’s a Sock Knitter’s Worksheet on page 48 of the book. In order to pick up after all my stops, I need more prompts and more information so I made my own sheet
        • {{[[TODO]]}} here’s a printable checklist – make the checklist
          • where? how? what all needs to be on it.
          • The short version is
      • What yarn will you use?
      • what kind of needles will you work with?
        • the book gives a lot of really useful information about sock anatomy, yarns, notions, and needles. I purchased sock-length circular needles to work with and also discovered flexible dpn. I didn’t know those existed – too cheap to buy them – but I know they exist and will watch out for them on sale!
      • what size sock will you knit? see chart on pages 26 and 27
    2. gather your yarn and preferred needles
    3. knit a gauge swatch ?
      • I’ve decided to only knit socks in worsted weight yarn and be okay with there being slight variations in size. So I’m using these general stitches and rounds per inch to do my calculations.
      • also, since there are so many numbers I’m going to refer to the socks as “A” and “B” instead of one and two – or would that just be confusing?
    4. cast on
    5. cuff one: knit 1×1 rib for cuff of sock one
      • note the number of rounds you knit
    6. leg one: knit stockinet stitch for 6″
    7. add heel one lifeline
    8. foot one: knit calculated number of rounds
      • do your calculation and put the number here for reference and reminder
    9. add separation lifelines
    10. leg two: knit stockinet stitch for 6″ – matching step 3
    11. add heel two lifeline
    12. foot two: knit calculate number of rounds to match step 5
    13. toe two: knit the toe following instructions on page 40
    14. separate the socks
    15. cuff two: knit 1×1 rib for cuff of sock two – matching step 3 for number of rounds
      • ?pick up the live stitches – that’s a whole separate step in my world
    16. toe one: knit
    17. This book has also given me the confidence and desire to retry other sock making methods. Magic loop, I’m coming for you :-0
      • related: check out [[Jeanette Sloan]] knitter who wrote the foreword