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HOW TO AVOID SSS: SECOND SOCK SYNDROME

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

I hope this article finds you well and immersed in your favorite knitting projects. Initially, I had planned to share my experience knitting the first pattern from the recently launched, tantalizing book "52 Weeks of Socks Vol. II" by Laine Publishing. However, in a twist of events, I've only finished one sock from the pair. Yes, you read that right. Just one sock, despite my usual practice of winding two balls and knitting two socks at a time. You might be wondering how this happened. Well, it all started in the hustle and bustle of packing for a trip, and I ended up beginning the first sock in the car, which led me down a path I wasn't quite expecting.


This unexpected turn of events has brought to light a common phenomenon in the knitting community: the "Second Sock Syndrome." This is a term coined by knitters who, after knitting one sock, find themselves lacking the motivation to start the second one. It's a curious affliction that affects even the most dedicated of us, leaving us with a pile of single socks waiting for their partners.


Choose your weapon to fight the SSS

To find a remedy for this, we will delve into the different methods of knitting socks, comparing their pros and cons, which might help you choose your weapon of choice against the Second Sock Syndrome.


Magic Loop Method

This technique involves a long circular needle and is the only one that can accommodate both socks simultaneously. The benefits are clear: you can work on both socks at the same time, helping to maintain consistency in tension and pattern and, most importantly, avoid the Second Sock Syndrome. However, it can be tricky to manage at first and may feel awkward if you're used to shorter needles.


Short Circular Needles

These are great for those who prefer the feel of circular needles but find the Magic Loop method cumbersome. They're comfortable to hold and allow for a steady, rhythmic knitting pace. However, they're not suitable for knitting two socks at a time or for socks with a small diameter.


Addi's Crasy Trio

This innovative tool comprises three flexible double-pointed needles. They're designed to make knitting small-diameter tubes like socks or sleeves easier. The FlexiFlips can be a great middle ground, providing the flexibility of DPNs without the fear of losing needles. However, just like short circular needles, they don't allow knitting two socks simultaneously.


Double Pointed Needles (DPNs)

These are the traditional go-to for sock knitting. They allow for much flexibility in your work and are great for intricate patterns. However, they can be intimidating for beginners, with the potential for dropped stitches or laddering.


The last three sock-knitting methods aren't suitable for knitting two socks at a time, but I have a trick I must apply to myself the next time I knit a pair of socks. Before finishing the cuff of the first sock, cut the yarn leaving enough material to finish it comfortably, and cast on the second sock.



Embrace the journey, enjoy the result

In summary, each method has its unique advantages and challenges. For those battling Second Sock Syndrome, the Magic Loop method might be a great solution. However, it's essential to experiment and determine which method suits your knitting style the best. Ultimately, the joy of knitting comes from the process, not just the finished pair of socks.


Stay tuned for my next article, where I'll hopefully reveal my completed pair of socks from "52 Weeks of Socks Vol. II". Keep those needles clicking, and happy knitting!

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