At the end of a rainbow, you typically find a Leprechaun and a pot o’ gold, right? Well in my fantasy land, it’s a pirate chest full of sock yarn and finished socks!
Pattern: The Yarn Harlot’s Basic Sock Recipe (free here)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in color 182, 250 yards
Needles: US size 1 32-inch Addi Turbos (holla, Magic Loop!)
Mods: None. This is a choose-your-own-adventure sock recipe that urges you to knit to your own guidelines. It’s my go-to pattern for plain socks.
I was really excited to try my hand at knitting up some Noro socks. I love the colors, and was particularly enchanted with this colorway. Who doesn’t love a little rainbow on a rainy spring day? The colors were magically blended together, and it was a joy to watch them mingle and change over the course of 2 socks.
If you have heard that this yarn is scratchy, it is. Not unbearably so, but it’s no merino to be sure. That said, I didn’t mind knitting with it one bit. My problem came later, after I finished the first sock and tried it on over and over again. It stretched out and stayed that way. There is hardly any elasticity to the yarn, and I fear that over time the socks will become malformed, better suited to an animal with stump legs than to a human with flat feet.
But I’m wearing them anyway, because they’re just so darn cheery.
They are a little itchy, though. A long soak in some Eucalin and a blocking softened them up slightly, and I hear that the yarn really blooms and softens after a proper washing. We’ll see….
My other note is that the skein is fairly generous at 462 yards. I could have easily made a pair of knee socks from this. Instead, I think I’ll make wrist warmers with the leftovers.