Knitting Tutorial: Casting on Two at a Time Socks (Top Down)

Knitting Tutorial: Learn how to cast on two at a time socks from the top down
Most sock knitters are familiar with the dreaded "Second Sock Syndrome". It happens when you finish knitting one sock but it takes an eternity to knit the second sock. This ailment can be prevented by knitting your socks two at a time.

Before You Begin

Two at a time (2aaT) socks can be worked either on one long circular needle or on two circular needles. The trick is getting your stitches properly arranged on the needles when you cast on.


  • Zitron Trekking XXL yarn
  • addi Rocket Squared
  • addi Turbo Rockets
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn and needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Casting on Two at a Time Socks

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Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Sundog Socks Pattern has videos to help you learn more about:
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  • Casting on Two at a Time Socks (Top Down)
  • Knitting Two at a Time Socks on One Circular Needle or Two
  • Triple Knot
  • Top Down Gusset Heel, or Strong Heel
  • Flower Toe
Sundog Socks Pattern: Learn new skills while you knit with 6 helpful and free companion videos

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Knitting Tutorial: Casting on Two at a Time Socks (Top Down)
Learn how to cast on two at a time socks from the top down to avoid the dreaded "Second Sock Syndrome".
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