Kissing Cousins by Sarah Jordan

Kissing Cousins

March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round
US 0 - 2.0 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
To fit foot circumference of 7 (8, 9, 10) in./18 (20.5, 23, 25.5) cm
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Stockinette socks can be the ultimate in mindless comfort knitting, especially when you’re using an afterthought heel. Despite the fact that I love to Kitchener stitch, sometimes I resent having to finish off one sock in the pair and start the other, so I figured out a way to knit both socks in one continuous tube of knitting.

Kissing Cousins (so called because the two socks that make up the pair are related but not identical) results in one cuff-down sock and one toe-up sock conjoined at the toes. After afterthought heels are completed, the toes are separated and grafted.

To knit these socks, you need to know how to:

  • work in the round,
  • work directional decreases (k2tog, ssk) and lifted increases (LLI, RLI), and
  • use Kitchener stitch to graft live stitches.

In addition to yarn and needles, you’ll need a yarn needle and three lengths of waste yarn to complete these socks.

Please note that the yardage estimate listed above is very rough; actual yarn usage will depend on the size you are making and the length of your foot. If you are making a larger size and/or have a very long foot, you may need more than one average skein of sock yarn to complete your socks. Please be sure you have enough yarn to complete your project.

Tech edited by eledixon