How To Avoid SSS in Three Easy Steps

It is an insidious affliction affecting many sock knitters. I have fallen prey to it myself on occassion. Second Sock Syndrome. A cousin of Second Sleeve Syndrome, it can be almost paralizing at times and many a lonely sock or one armed sweater has fallen into the abyss of unfinished and (mostly) forgotten knits. When your motto is “Never knit the same thing twice”, your sock knitting suffers. What is the second sock but a monotonous repeat of the last knit that you finished?

How does one avoid such disaster? I have three simple strategies.

The first is this. When it is at all possible, knit both at the same time:

Kai-Mei in Dream in Color Smooshy Buttercup

There is also the option of knitting socks that mirror each other. These are knitted one at a time, but one doesn’t shirk at knitting the second sock because it promises to be different from the first.

Rick in Paton’s Kroy FX Copper Colors

This second strategy should work, but, just in case, it should always be employed along with the third strategy and that is – Cast on second sock immediately after first sock is complete.

I hope this doesn’t mean that I am doomed….

6 thoughts on “How To Avoid SSS in Three Easy Steps

  1. Or, you could walk around the house with the one sock on constantly as a reminder to knit the other one.

    BTW, I knit Kai Mei last year and loved it!! The pattern is so much fun, and I just love the way the lacy part runs across the foot!! I love Cookie A.!

  2. Kai Mei is my favorite sock pattern evah! Those first 6 inches of ribbing suck….but it looks like you’re gonna be Just fine.

    Do you get ladders knitting them two at a time like this?

    I can’t believe you knit (1/2 of) Rick!! I have the pattern…..and some yarn…..still haven’t knit it.

    I love that you caked the patons. I so that too when yarns come in center pull format. 😉 It makes the yarn seem more…I don’t know Just better. 😉

    • Actually, I cast on Kai-Mei sooner than I planned because I needed some brainless knitting for Easter at my Moms. Lots of chatting going on and I knew Rick would just get messed up. So, in that case, I am loving the ribbing! By the time I get sick of it, I will be ready for the fun part.

      No ladders, no problems. Learned this from “2 at a Time Socks” by Melissa Morgan Oaks. There is no other way to knit socks! 🙂

      With that ball winder I don’t leave anything unwound! 🙂

      Cast on Rick – you’ll be glad you did.

  3. Oh! I forgot! I just finished a pair of scrappy Shorties/capris (with ruffles!!!). Since I wanted them to match (scrappy stripes) I knit one color on one leg….then the same color on the other leg. These seemed to go *much* faster than normal.

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