I know the pattern is Seven Chakras, but to me it’s always been a rainbow sock, which means that with a violet top and toe I’ve reached the end of my first rainbow, although sadly the pot of gold has failed to materialised.
After the orange ‘herding cats’ section the rest of the pattern felt like knitting garter stitch on fluffy pillows while cherubim bring you chocolate fudge cake and the yarn colours are, as always, beautiful.
Now then, the important part, the things I need to remember when I come to the second sock.
Note 1: add the extra row at the beginning of the blue section.
Note 2: don’t start the toe shaping until the first pattern row of the violet section, no decreases in the first two plain rounds.
Note 3: there are a good few errors in the pattern. Check the errata.
Note 4: there is another error not picked up in the errata. For the green foot section knit one stitch plain before and after the patterning – you have 72 sts for the large size and the patterning only covers 70 of them.
I do feel like I’ve knitted two socks because I’ve knitted each pattern twice so we shall see whether it takes as long to knit the second as the first. The first sock just took me two years, six months and eleven days so I’m in no hurry and I suspect I’ll be casting on again pretty soon because they are comfy cosy socks.
This is of course assuming that no one else has designs on them …
And I have one final question; Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain, but if your history doesn’t include a Richard of York, or he was victorious – what mnemonic were you taught as a child to remember the colours of the rainbow?