Finished the first reversed pattern repeat on the second sock. Am really pleased it worked out.
The holes in this one are a lot more even too, and I think I know why – it’s something to do with the way I’m doing the yarnovers and then the knit/purl into the resulting loop on the next round. When I knit into the back of the yo loop, in keeping with the pattern, the loop is slipped off the needle crossed. On the first sock, when I purled into the loop (as per the pattern) I just purled normally, so the loop was slipped off the needle uncrossed. On the second sock, I started purling into the back of the loop and the loop slipped off the needle crossed. This seems to be producing a more even fabric.. hmm.
In the picture the finished sock is folded flat with the foot hidden, just to compare the start of the legs. (The back of the heel is visible.) The finished sock has already been tried on by its new owner, so is slightly looser than when it was first finished. To make an effective comparison, the sock on the needles has a piece of rolled card inside it to stretch out the pattern slightly.