Company: Turtlepurl Yarns
Yarn Base: Striped Turtle Toes
Yarn Weight: Light Fingering Weight
Fiber Content: 75% SW Merino 25% Nylon
Yardage: 450 yds (411 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Gauge: 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette stitch = 1” /2.5 cm on US1 (2.25 mm) needles, after blocking.
Colorways used in review: Sugar Plum Waltz
Where to buy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/turtlepurl/
Review date: November 30, 2019
How was I introduced to the yarn?
I had first noticed Turtlepurl Yarns back in April of 2016 when I was searching for self-striping yarns on Etsy, and I fell utterly in love with her “What does it mean?” colorway (I gave in and ordered it immediately!). I became hooked after I cast on my first pair of socks with her lovely yarn and started buying skeins faster than I could knit them. I wanted to try EVERY color (Can you blame me? They’re gorgeous!).
What project did I use this yarn for?
For this review, I am showcasing Sugar Plum Waltz for my Santa’s Little Helpers (found on Ravelry and the rhyFlower Website) sock pattern, but at the time of this review, I have featured Turtlepurl Yarns in over ten designs! The colors in this yarn are genuinely stunning, Christmas colors, ranging from bright red through to a lovely green, which brings out all the Christmas feels.
How does the yarn knit up?
Striped Turtle Toes is a yarn base that holds its stitch definition incredibly well. I’ve used it when knitting lace, cables, and odd textures, and have never found that the stitch gets lost by the fiber content. The only issue I’ve ever had is with the black colorways, as it’s a pure black, so being able to see my stitches without adequate light can be problematic. Of course, this is a fault of mine and my eyeballs, not the dyers.
While this is superwash merino, I do handwash all my hand-knit socks. I do not find the yarn bleeds much, if at all, when washing. The yarn becomes very soft and relaxed after blocking, which makes your stitches look great! Having knit this yarn via both methods, I do find it evens out nicely in the corners where my needles meet when knitting with magic loop or on DPNs.
How well does the yarn wear?
Curt is hard on everything, so it’s lovely to see his Turtlepurl socks from two years ago are still in perfect condition and haven’t worn through. The socks regain their shape after washing and continue to fit like a charm.
I was drawn in by the rich, absolutely delightful, colorways of Turtlepurl Yarns. When I started to get to know Emily in 2018, the charming and enthusiastic owner of Turtlepurl Yarns, my love for this indie dyer continued to grow. From ownership of the company to the quality of the product that is a complete treat to knit, this is a well-rounded company that I’ll continue to work with for years to come. It’s my go-to for self-striping sock yarns!
Have you tried this yarn before? What are your impressions of it? What did you create with it? Tell us in the comments below!