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Warming Up

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Posted - 03/01/2005 :  7:49:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit jewishfarmer's Homepage Send jewishfarmer a Private Message
I just finished a pair of mittens done in the knit/slip method of knitting a tube on two straight needles, and wanted to try it for socks. I can probably come up with my own pattern, at least for a tube sock, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any such patterns on the net? It seems like you could easily knit socks toe up using that method, and it might be quick and fun. If I have to, I'll invent a pattern, but I'd love to find one!


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Guardian angel

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Posted - 03/01/2005 :  10:12:53 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
That particular pattern is few and far between. I only have seen it once and that was in a book on double knitting that is now out of print. It is sometimes referred to as "War and Peace" pattern because it was described in the book "War and Peace". They knit one sock inside of the other on DPN's. In a toe up sock, I think it would be easier to knit each toe separately and then put them inside each other, but then I use the provisional cast on method of making them seamless. Kntting one sock at a time with that method does not provide any particular challenge. When you get to the heel, you work back and forth on it the way you usually do just slipping the stiches that are not involved until it is time to pick them up again.

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Permanent Resident

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Posted - 03/02/2005 :  06:41:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Wow--that's like the astro-physics of knitting . . . the brain surgery of knitting . . . the organic chem of knitting. I so want to try that, and I think it's the best excuse I've ever had to read War and Peace.

If anyone comes up with a pattern, please post it.
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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 03/02/2005 :  09:14:27 AM  Show Profile Send Eniyan a Private Message

That was too funny. Thanks for my first good laugh of the day.

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Posted - 03/02/2005 :  10:59:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Momma78239's Homepage  Send Momma78239 a Yahoo! Message Send Momma78239 a Private Message
I wouldn't want to knit socks that way, because to me it would be too much of a pain in the you-know-what. But read War & Peace anyway - it's just the coolest love story.

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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 03/02/2005 :  11:51:27 AM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message
There's a pattern for two socks knit one inside the other here. It's definitely oriented to the novice, and explains both how to do double-knitting and how to knit a sock, before jumping in to the double-knit socks.
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New Pal

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Posted - 03/02/2005 :  11:54:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitsandwrits's Homepage Send knitsandwrits a Private Message
I believe the method of knitting two socks on two needles you're talking about is described in the book, Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, although there may not be an actually pattern using the technique in the book. This is not the same technique as knitting one sock inside the other. That's done on circular needles.

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