Recently I was commisioned to make a pair of gloves. As many of you know I adore making fingerless gloves. It doesn’t matter what pattern or construction method used. I love them. They are the perfect project to take on trips, and in general small enough to be considered “quick” (Entirely dependant on the design of course.) Perhaps it is because my hands are usually cold…
There is only one problem with making gloves (or socks) – by the time you finish one of them you usually want to move on to something else. It’s commonly known to most crafters as “second sock-itis.” The second item in the pair tends to not be quite the same as the first. The gauge might be different, the length, the tension; any number of things. This is not unusal.
When I was commisioned for the pair of gloves, I decided that I would teach myself a new technique to combat the second sock-itis. A technique called 2-at-a time. (I informed the client of this before I started so that they would be aware of the possible time delay due to the learning curve.) This technique is usually used for socks, but there is no reason it couldn’t be adapted for gloves – gloves are socks without feet in contruction terms.
There are two variants of 2-at-a-time. There is the two circular method and a single circular method. After doing some research on each method I chose the single circular method to learn. I picked up a book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes (2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside. . .The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern!) as a reference and set off to learn something new.
Here’s what I learned:
1. If you think you are saving time – you are not. It still takes the same amount of time.
2. It feels like you aren’t making progress until you realize that you are working on two things.
3. I need to use circulars that are longer than 40 inches and working from a single ball of yarn can be tricky.
4. I totally squeed when I cast off and only had the thumbs left to do.
5. It was worth learning.
I loved the way the gloves turned out, even with all the fiddly bits I went through to learn the 2-at-a-time technique.
Yarn: Sinful Singles by Vice in Shades of Grey
Needles: 2.75 mm circulars