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How to Knit Two at Once in the Round

How to knit two at once in the round

Knitting one item at a time can be problematic when your gauge gets a little off. If your knitting gauge gets even a little bit off, one piece can end up a lot bigger than the other. A great way to solve this knitting problem is to learn to knit two at once. This method is especially useful for gloves, mittens, socks, sweater sleeves, hats, and almost any small knit that is made in the round.

Learn to cast on two matching knits at once

For this knitting method, you will use a long circular needle, and you’ll essentially be knitting with the “magic loop” method, except that you will cast on two items instead of one.

Watch the tutorial video below to see how I convert all of my one at a time knitting circular patterns into two at a time knits.

Quick visual cheat sheet:

Written instructions to knit two at once from a one at a time knitting pattern

1: Choose the appropriate needles and divide your yarn into two separate balls.

Knitting two at once Tutorial: Choose appropriate knitting needles and separate yarn into two balls

2: Cast on half the stitches with your first ball of yarn.

Knitting two at once Tutorial: Cast on half of the stitches with yarn ball 1

3: Cast on all the stitches from the pattern with a second ball of yarn.

Knitting two at once tutorial: Cast on all of the stitches with yarn ball 2

4: Slide the first set of cast on stitches and half the second set of cast on stitches to the back needle.

Knitting two at once tutorial: Slide stitches to back needle

5: Cast on the second half of the pattern stitches with the first ball of yarn.

Knitting two at once tutorial: Cast on second half of the stitches with yarn ball 1

6: Turn your work.

Knitting two at once tutorial: Turn knitting work

7: Pull back needle through.

Knitting two at once tutorial: Pull back needle through

8: Start knitting in the round, making sure to use the working yarn ball that matches the stitches you are working.

Knitting two at once tutorial: Knit in the round

9: Follow your pattern, row by row. For each row, work half the stitches each row calls for with yarn ball 1, then all the stitches each row calls for with yarn ball 2, then to finish the second half of the row with yarn ball 1.

How to knit two at once

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