Learn JMCO for Two-at-a-Time
Cast On for Two-at-a-Time Socks
Now that you've practiced Judy's Magic Cast-On for one sock, it's time to ACTUALLY CAST ON for your two-at-a-time, toe-up socks.
You'll be learning the two-at-a-time technique on your real socks. Hooray!
Get your yarn and needles. Following the numbers specified in your pattern, cast on for TWO socks following our JMCO for Two-at-a-Time class video.
Then, following your pattern and the above video, knit one plain round of knitting for each sock. If you have any trouble, don't despair! This is the only tricky part of toe-up socks.
In your Toe-Up Socks class, scroll down to find two videos following the JMCO for Two-at-a-Time video that will address most questions and concerns.
Be sure to keep reading below because I have several exra troubleshooting videos for you if you get stuck.
PS – This is the trickiest part of the whole sock. It’s all downhill from here!
Help Starting Your Socks
Head's up! There is a Troubleshooting Section in your toe-up socks class with videos on the most common issues knitters run into on their toe-up socks.
Here are some specific questions you may have:
Answer: Turn your knitting right-side out as in this video: How to Turn Your Magic Loop Knitting Right-Side Out
Question: I had knit stitches and now I have purl bumps on the outside of my work. What should I do?
Answer: You got turned around because you forgot to get back to ready position at some point. Here's how to keep from getting turned around on Magic Loop.
Answer: It's really the same needle! To see for yourself, rotate your needles so that the bottom needle becomes the back needle as in this video: Knitting into JMCO - Bottom Needle/Back Needle
Answer: Use a tapestry needle to tighten the cast-on after you knit a few more rounds as in this video: Fixing a Loose JMCO
And, for a little motivation, check out what Ruth S. shares about her experience in last year's knitalong:
"The KAL gave me the nudge I needed to get on with knitting my first pair of socks with Liat's course "Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks," which I have had for quite some time. So I got started and knit ahead. My socks are done!
"The course with its embedded videos showed me all the techniques I needed. I am now confident in doing Judy's Magic Cast-On and the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off. I love the simple and smooth Fleegle heel.
"I took the challenge to knit backwards doing the heel, another skill I have been wanting to learn, and it went very well. Such a great skill to have in my repertoire!
"Thanks so much for the comprehensive course and your calm manner, Liat; you always treat your students with respect and confidence in our ability to successfully tackle new challenges. I've already started another pair of socks!"
– Ruth S.
Bonus Video: Fixing Mistakes on Magic Loop
New-to-Magic-Loop knitter Pamela commented that she had a funny mistake on Magic Loop she couldn't fix. I recorded a video for her (and all of you) illustrating how to back up and fix mistakes on Magic Loop.
Have a Question on Your Socks? Leave a Comment
If you run into any confusion doing JMCO two-at-a-time, please leave a comment below. You can upload a photo to show me what is confusing on your sock.
Good luck and happy knitting!