When I last posted my progress on my Noro socks I had finished the heel flap. Now it is time to turn the heel of one sock at a time. Just let the other sock wait patiently on the other part of the circular needle cable as you work on its mate. The sock in the above right photo has the heel turn completed. When you finish turning this heel, end on a knit row, and from there work down the left of the heel flap, picking up stitches all the way down, as you would normally in your sock pattern. This forms the gusset. When you finish doing that, leave that sock as you then repeat this process on the other sock, turning the heel and then picking up stitches down the left side of that heel flap.
Now you will continue knitting the other side of the sock, the front side, with the other circular needle that has been at rest all this time.
After finishing that side, our stitches end way down the bottom of the right heel flap.You can see the end of that circular needle cable near my pinkie finger. Now we are back to our other circular needle that has our heel stitches on it, and need to make the gusset on the right side of the heel. So using the right needle, pick up stitches on right side of the heel flap, from the bottom up. In this photo I have started picking up 4 stitches. When you get to the top, your stitches will meet up with the other end of this needle, so continue the row, knitting those stitches, working across the base of the heel, and then knit down the left hand side of the heel, working the gusset stitches that you already picked up.
Now repeat this process on the second sock.
When you finish both socks, this is what your work looks like. All the gusset stitches have been picked up and I am ready for the gusset decreases. In this photo you can see that all of the heel stitches and gusset stitches for both socks are on one circular needle, and continue to be knitted with this needle. The front of the sock’s stitches are on the other circular needle, and continue to be knitted with that needle. As you decrease stitches on both sides of the gusset, this long, loopy row of stitches conforms to looking more flat like the other side of the sock.
This is just an overview of the process of knitting 2 socks on 2 circular needles. I am not giving you detailed directions for knitting or for sock knitting. When you understand the concept, you can use many basic sock patterns and adapt them to this process. After making dozens of socks, the technique has become second nature to me.
I find that simply reading directions for any knitting pattern can sound like gobbledy-gook, and that I need to be actually working on the project. Then it usually makes sense as I knit.
At first this style of sock knitting can boggle the mind, so give yourself time to learn. It helps to make yourself a cheat sheet to refer to. If this all sounds too confusing, a good starting point might be to knit one sock at a time on 2 circular needles. After this success, then try knitting the pair at once and see for yourself how wonderful it is to complete them at the same time. I find the process to be quite magical.
My evening project continues later ~ Karen