How to Avoid Gaps in Two-at-a-Time Socks

Some people get gaps on the sides of their two-at-a-time socks. Why?

When you're using Magic Loop to knit your two-at-a-time socks, what you do in Ready Position, especially between socks, makes a big difference.

To prevent holes in the sides of your socks, you must manipulate the cable properly and not pull the first stitch too tight.

I was knitting a new pair of super-bulky-weight toe-up socks last night, out of a delicious skein of Malabrigo Rasta, and my sister helped me shoot this quick video to capture the moves that help the socks come out perfectly.

Here's how to hold your cable and start your rounds to prevent any holes in your socks:




Watch how far the back cable is from your front needles, and hold both together to prevent gaps or saggy stitches from running up the insides of your socks.

If you liked this tutorial on preventing gaps in your two-at-a-time socks, post in the comments!

By Liat Gat - Founder
Liat Gat is the founder and video knitting expert at KnitFreedom.com. She gets great joy out of supporting and encouraging students through instructive videos and blog posts.

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5 thoughts on “How to Avoid Gaps in Two-at-a-Time Socks”

  1. I believe your instructions for the superbulky socks need one more adjustment. If you are to knit to only one stitch beyond the centre marker on the heel, the directions should read:
    Row 2: Sl 1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn
    Row 3: Sl 1, K4, SSK, K1, turn
    Row 4: Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
    Row 3: Sl 1, K6, SSK, K1, turn
    And so on . . ..

    Otherwise, things do not turn out well.

  2. Oh my god thank you for the video. I have started toe up socks 4 times now and could not figure out how to get rid of the gap. Can’t wait to try again!!

  3. I know – I’m so sorry – YouTube videos that are embedded in a web page for some reason are not able to be seen on an iPad. I have to upload the video in a different format, which I am working on. Here’s a link to the video itself on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIfvoIQWSBk – I don’t know if this helps.

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