***Warning: Picture heavy post!***
My goal in this tutorial is to show how to do two socks at a time using Magic Loop! I assume that you are familiar with knitting socks and regular magic loop knitting (if not see my previous tutorials for some help).
1. To start with you you need one long circular needle (mine are a 60 inch Addi's....I wish it were a little bit shorter) You also need your yarn separated into two balls (one for each sock)
2. Cast on half your stitches for the first sock. Slide them down the cord.
3. Then (using the other ball of yarn) cast on all your stitches for the 2nd sock.
4. Find the middle of your stitches on the second sock and pull the cord through to make your "loop." (You have half of the first sock cast on and all of the second)
5. Now you are ready to cast on the remaining stitches for the first sock. Take the yarn and bring the needle close to where you left off to cast on the stitches across from the ones you already did.
(bring the yarn and needle into position to cast on other half)
(casting on other half)
6. Now you are ready to join your first sock for knitting in the round. This is just like normal magic loop knitting.
(bring the stitches to the ends of the needles, pull the back needle which has the working yarn on it out and around to knit the next stitch that should be knit)
7. Then you need to join the second sock. Adjust your needles so you have enough room to work and so that the stitches to be knit are on the needle. Then join as usual and knit.
8. Now you should be ready to turn your work, adjust your needles and knit the other side. Remember to switch balls of yarn as you switch socks.
You should be good to go until the heel now. I would mark the spot where you have made a complete round (of both socks) Normally I don't do this because it is obvious, but I get confused with 2 at a time if I don't) I think this method is a little fiddly at first, but once you have an inch or so it settles down. Questions? Please ask (make sure to leave a way for me to contact you with an answer)
Part 2-the heel-coming tomorrow!