How to modify a sock pattern for 2AAT?
By - Abyssal_Minded
I’m not sure about the specifics of your pattern but I work the heel back and forth as needed (I do fish lips kiss heel) on sock one and completely finish that heel before going on to the next sock. Then when I finish the second heel I go back to normal TAAT magic loop knitting.
I have heard of people separating the socks to their own needles to work the heels. I’m not sure how the heel turn and gusset pick up works - maybe that’s how it should be done?
It uses a traditional heel flap and heel turn, with the gusset stitch pickup. I’m starting to figure out that I need to work one sock’s heel and heel turn at once, then go on to the next one. I’m just trying to figure out the gusset since that’s where I do the most needle gymnastics.
I’ve looked into the fish lips heel, but I’m not a fan of it’s look.
New sock knitter here who loves TAAT. There are a few different sequences to pick up the gusset stitches. I found [these drawings ](http://knitbettersocks.blogspot.com/2011/10/flap-heels-for-2-at-time-top-down-socks.html?m=1) to be really helpful, as well as videos of TAAT by Very Pink Knits and others. One thing I’ve noticed is the order in which you pick up the gusset stitches appears to differ based on which way your needles are pointing after you finish the heel flaps and turns — and I think this is determined by whether the heel turn finished on a right side or wrong side row.
The same here, I do them toe-up but when I get to turn the heel and pick up the gusset stitches I do first one sock and then the other. When I retake to knit in the round I retake also knitting two at a time
How does that affect your cord (magic loop)/needles? I know I did a lot of weird maneuvering to get the gusset stitches.
First time I got confused and ended separating the socks in two needles. Then I saw I didn't need to separate them, just do the first one (leaving the other hanging there) and then the other.
I have a pattern written, I just need to translate it to English and post it to Ravelry
I recommend the book 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes (she also has a toe up version). That's what taught me to knit socks because I figured if I was jumping in I was jumping in with both feet (ba-dum). But she has clear step by step pictures and it helped to not just know what to do next but also how it was working.
The past few pairs I did, I typically work one entire heel on one sock, then the other entire heel. In particular with flap and gusset, you work back and forth on sock 1 or the heel flap, then turn the heel (still sock 1), then pick up gusset stitches on one side of the sock (usually the left side of sock 1; also make note of how many gusset sts you pick up on this side). Then I go to sock 2, work heel flap, heel turn, pick up the gusset sts on left side of sock 2. Turn your socks around, knit front side of sock 2, place marker, pick up the other side of the gusset stitches (same # as before). Then knit front of sock 1, place marker, pick up gusset stitches. Resume working in the round as normal. One needle should hold the instep and half the gusset stitches. The other needles should hold the heel/bottom of foot, and the other half of the gusset. At the end of the bottom of foot needle, k2tog. At the marker you placed at the end of instep, ssk.
If this all sounds too confusing, you absolutely can take one sock off, place it onto extra cable or waste yarn, and do one at a time. I did this for my current pair for some reason. I worked the heel, heel turn, picked up gusset stitches, decreased all the gusset stitches, then did sock 2 up until the same point, then resumed taat.
So I will pick up the gusset stitches one side at a time? It sounds a bit confusing, mostly because of the stitch counts at that part of sock, but I’ll try it.
Your other option would be: pick up gusset stitches on first side, slip all the stitches on sock 2 back and front, knit across front of sock 1, pick up gusset on second side of sock 1, slip across all the back stitches of sock 1.. and then do sock 2. Idk, that sounds confusing to me lol.
Whatever makes more sense to you