Casting on for Two Gloves or Socks on One Circular Needle: Tutorial
Hello Blogland 🙂
Today our knitting group met for our weekly “fix”, of knitting, chatting, laughing and eating delicious things… We had a new lady join us today…welcome Nichole, and your gorgeous baby, Jane! We meet in a lovely little shop called Taryn Jean, where you can find the most beautiful items from antiques to modern homeware. It is run by Taryn Jean and her mom Frances…wonderful people, who always make us feel welcome 🙂
This week I will post a Tutorial on how to knit two fingerless gloves at the same time on one circular needle. I love this technique because you avoid the ever distressing second sock/glove syndrome. As an added bonus, you have the same tension throughout, so each glove/sock looks the same… why do I keep referring to the “sock”as well? Well, because this technique is exactly the same one you would use for knitting two socks at the same time on one circular needle…that’s why 😉
First though…you need to know how to cast on…please note: I have not invented this technique…just “tutorialised” it in my own way 🙂
Firstly: please refer back to my tutorial on how to do Magic Loop knitting…you need to be familiar with how to turn your work around and which needle to use to knit with. If something in this post doesn’t make sense, please feel free to send me a mail and I will try to clarify 🙂
Ok, ready to go? Use a circular needle that is at least 120cm long, and in the size that is required for your gloves. If you have a pattern that you specifically want to knit, adapt your number of required stitches accordingly.
The basic idea is that you will use two balls of yarn (or if you prefer, the two ends of one ball of yarn), to knit two gloves. If you have never knitted gloves before, you might find it easier to have two separate balls of yarn to start with…it’s easier to keep your working yarns untangled. So….one working yarn will be used to knit one glove and the second working yarn will knit the second glove…easy! Remember to keep them separate, or you will end up with a weird looking Dr Seuss-kinda Thneed thingamagigy…
You are casting on the stitches for the cuff…ie you are knitting cuff up to fingers. So if your pattern and gauge calls for 64 stitches to be cast on, you will need to cast on 32 stitches onto your marked needle, for glove 1, using the working yarn from ball 1. Don’t worry, it will all make sense in a bit…
The stitches for Glove 1 are complete…half on one needle, half on the other…exactly as for Glove 2.