I’ve admired the sock pattern “Shur’tugal” by Alice Yu for sometime now and finally knit them this past January. The pattern is a free download that can be obtained on Ravelry or on Alice’s website “Socktopus” in the left sidebar. She’s a Canadian expat living in the UK and she has an online store (also called Socktopus) specializing in artisan sock yarns.
I used Dreams in Colors Smooshy sock yarn in the dark blue colorway of “Midnight Watch” using US1.5/2.5mm needles. I have friends that are constantly raving about Smooshy, so I just had to try it for myself. The dyeing is such that all the colors are semi-solids, with subtle color variations that will not overpower the knit pattern in socks, even the most delicate pattern. I have to say that since Smooshy is spun with Merino wool, they are smooshy soft on the feet.
The charted pattern is medium is difficulty and knit up very quickly — I think I set myself a new speed record and knit this pair of socks in two week flat. The diamond pattern is created by either knitting a right or left twist, but no cable needle is involved. The twist is made by knitting two stitches together but leaving them on the needle, then going between the two stitches and knitting the second stitch, then pulling both new stitches off the needle. Very nifty. It does make me cranky that my old eyes don’t see tiny print the way they did in my whipper-snapper years. You can see in the picture below that I enlarged the pattern chart up around 200%! Well, you do what you’ve got to do.
While I was knitting these in the evening, Louis would come over and lay his furry little head on my lap. **sigh** It just doesn’t get much better than that . . .
Thank you Sugaroni for taking the first two pictures!