My favorite circular needles used for knitting socks is the combo of a 16″ and 20″ circular needles. My friend, Kristin, didn’t care for the 16″ because the knitting shaft is too short for her fingers. She uses the ones in 24″ length because she wasn’t aware of a 20″ length made.
Do you actually knit faster using this technique? You ask. Personally, my answer is yes. I don’t have to count bazillion rows and take notes constantly. Most beneficially and satisfactorily, both socks will end up identical–at the same time–eliminating the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.
Here is a wonderful, well-documented tutorial by Sarah at Quacking Fiber Addict, and this by Silver’s Place, outlining each step of the process–using a mini-circular needle–with great photos. It is much easier than DPNs! I have used mini-circular needles but don’t care for them–too small even for my petite hands. A couple more great resources would be this tutorial and PDF download on 2-socks-on-2-circulars.
For knitters who like to knit two socks on two circular needles, I suggest a little practice with circular sock knitting first. A great place to familiarize yourself on how to knit socks on circular needles–one at a time–would be here.
Hope you find these useful, Cathi. Happy creating!