Ever since I began knitting socks in 2013 I have heard knitters lament about the dreaded second sock syndrome. What a horror it is to complete that second sock. What a pain! It never turns out the same as the first one!
Hmm. Most of my first sock pairs were knit one at a time. I wondered... would knitting both at once really be that much faster? Would it really make the socks turn out identical? I hadn't really had a problem with either of these issues, but I was a novice sock knitter. I didn't feel as though I could really poo poo the idea of two at a time sock knitting as being superior unless I gave it a shot myself.
Soooooooo.... I did what I always do. I researched the subject. I read lots of other blog posts about two at a time sock knitting. I watched YT videos. I bought a book about knitting socks two at a time. Finally I was ready to take the plunge. I found some yarn I liked, size two circular needles and cast on.
Well, let's say I'm not all that impressed by two at a time knitting. I think it's a bit of a pain. First of all, in my brain, I had a vision of the process being like this: you knit a round on one sock, then knit a round on the other. But it doesn't work that way. In reality, you knit half of one row on one sock, all of the round on the next sock, then finish the round on the first sock. I don't really like that process, but that's how it is.
Then there's the yarn. It's frigging everywhere. I don't like to knit intarsia or other such color work because I don't like having to keep track of more than one strand of working yarn. It's just not my thing.
So yeah, I'm officially poo pooing the idea of TAAT sock knitting being superior. It's..... ok. That's all. Just ok. I do knit most of my pairs this way now. So I guess I do prefer it on some level. But, I can't really say I like it. Sort of like knitting a pair of fingerless gloves from the wrist up isn't superior. But.... that's a whole other blog post.
What about you? Do you prefer TAAT or are singletons your thing?
I often feel as if I belong on the Island of Misfit Toys because I'm not a creative with just one area of expertise. I enjoy making digital creations in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. I love knit and crochet. I love glass art. The creative process is very therapeutic for me and, mostly, keeps me somewhat sane in an insane world.