Very addictive pattern to knit. Easy to memorize, but interesting enough to not be bored. This pattern works well with tonal, variegated, or self-striping yarn. – Cindy, Test Knitter
Pattern Roundup: Dale – This sock pattern is the second pattern in our Night at the Movies sock club! The pattern inspiration for the second sock pattern in our Night at the movies sock club is drawn from the movie Top Hat – featuring the incredibly talented duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The lace panel that runs along the top outside of this sock pattern reminds me of Dale’s (Played by Ginger Rogers) incredibly flowing dress as she dances in the iconic Cheek to Cheek number.
I have a soft spot for old black and white movies, and picking out yarn to perfectly capture how magical they air needed to be very accurate. The first yarn I thought of was Turtlepurl Yarns’ Greyscale colorway, and I am not disappointed with how it meshed up with what I envisioned.
Worked in the round, Dale contains both cuff-down and toe-up written directions and a chart for the pattern stitch. The pattern has instructions for an afterthought heel, but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using.
The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the design could be worked on double-pointed needles or mini-circulars instead should you prefer.
Techniques used in Dale
Turtlepurl Yarns – Striped Turtle Toes – 75% SW Merino 25% Nylon – 450 yds (411 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g) – Colorway: Greyscale
If you wish to use Turtlepurl for your socks as well, use promo code RHYFLOWER to grant a 15% discount during your checkout. I’m not affiliated, but I highly recommend Emily’s yarn, she is a very talented dyer and a really awesome human. ♥
Yarn Substitutes – Any fingering weight yarn that allows you to obtain a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1” / 2.5 cm, after blocking.
Where to buy Dale
The full Night at the movies Sock Club is available on
Dale Tester Projects
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