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by Jenanne Hassler

This sock was designed to be knit on two circular needles. The truly courageous will cast-on and work both socks at the same time — oooh la-la!

After joining your stitches, the first circular needle has what will be your heel stitches, the second holds the instep stitches. The lace pattern consists of two rows, endlessly repeated over the instep stitches only.

A bit about the 2 socks/2 needles approach: You will cast on the for the first sock, divide the stitches between the needles, then cast on for the second sock with your second skein of yarn and divide those stitches. Both socks are worked simultaneously, working a round on the first, then a round on the second.

When it's time to turn the heel, you will work one sock at a time until you've picked up the gusset stitches. Then move on to the next sock [where you'll turn the heel and pick up the gusset stitches]. At this point you're back to working both socks in tandem until the end.

model: Moira Hassler     photo: Jenanne Hassler


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Emu Superwash Wool [approx 119m/50 g]; color: 1111; 2 skeins

2 sets US #3/3.25mm circular needles
Extra "holder" needles


22 sts/30 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Using one needle and a long tail cast-on, CO 52[60] sts for the first sock.
Transfer 26[30] of the sts to the second needle.

Going back to the first needle, CO 52[60] sts for the second sock with second skein of yarn.

Transfer 26[30] of the sts to the second needle. You've just cast on two socks on two circular needles!

Being careful not to twist your work, join and beg K2, P2 ribbing on first sock, using one needle at a time [i.e., if the first needle is in your right hand, the other end of that needle is in your left hand]. The join marks the beg of each rnd. Work the second sock in the same way. You will work both socks the simultaneously, going back and forth between them.
Continue ribbing for 1[1.5] inches.
Continue ribbing over first needle and begin lace pattern across stitches on second needle as follows:
Rnd 1: p 2[4], *k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p 2* 3 times total; p 0[2].
Rnd 2: p 0[2] * p2, k 6* 3 times total; p 2[4].
Cont in this manner until sock leg measures 5[6] inches or length desired.

Turn your attention fully to the first sock:
Working with the heel sts only [on the first needle]:
Row 1: * [Sl 1, k 1]; rep from * until end of row
Row 2: Sl 1, p until end of row
Rep these two rows 15[17] times or until heel length desired.

Turn the heel as foll [or use your favorite heel turn]:
Rnd 1: Sl 1, k 16[18], SSK, turn.
Rnd 2: Sl 1, p 8[9], p2tog, turn.
Rnd 3: S 1, k 8[9], SSK, turn
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until all stitches are k and end with a k row.

Using first needle, pick up 15[17] sts [using the sl st along the edge of the heel flap]. Switch to second needle, continue in lace patt across instep sts. Place marker.
Pick up 15[17] sts [using the sl st along the edge of the heel flap] with a separate "holder" needle.
Work heel and gusset on second sock.

As you begin Round 1 for the first time, slip the stitches on holder to the first needle. In this way you keep the heel on the first needle and the instep on the second.
Rnd 1: First needle: K1, SSK, K across until 3 sts rem. K2tog, K1.
Second needle: Cont in patt.
Rnd 2: Both needles: Cont in est patt.
Rep rnds 1 and 2 until 52[60] sts remain [26[30] on each needle].
Cont in est patt until foot measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.

Rnd 1: K 1, SSK. K across until 3 sts rem. K2tog, k1.
Rnd 2: K all sts.
Rep rnd 1 and 2 until 8 sts rem [4 sts on each needle].
Turn socks inside out while on the needles [move them to the cable section of each needle to make this easier].
Using 3-needle bind off, BO all sts.


Jenanne Hassler is a knitter, a mother, a wife, a home educator, a quilter, a blogger and self employed.

She still manages to find time each day to be bored out of her skull. From this, designing was born.


Pattern & images © 2002 Jenanne Hassler. Contact Jenanne.