Dear Sockapalooza Sock Pal,

Let’s play dress up! Check out this new outfit for your footsies:

You like?!?

Pattern: Scala Socks by Stephanie van der Linden. November 2006 knitalong selection of the German Yahoo group Socken-Kreativ-Liste.

Needles: US 0 dpns, set of 5 (these ones).

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in cranberry (45ns, 2 skeins) and peach (10ns, 1 skein), from Linda’s store.

I tweaked the pattern a little to make sure the cuff wasn’t too tight, and that there was plenty of room for my pal’s ankles.

To make the two socks mirror images of each other, I reversed the direction of the decorative edging as well as the path of the cables. I also decided to continue the cable pattern on the instep, instead of knitting it plain.

Speaking of cables, there are a good number of them in this pattern. Do you know how to cable without a cable needle? It’s a wonderful timesaver, I highly recommend it! This is how I do it, and there are a ton of other tutorials, too!


86 thoughts on “Outfitted

  1. Megan

    Oooh, those are gorgeous! Thanks for the links to all of the no-cable-needle tutorials. When I needed to use the technique, I was without a computer, and kind of unvented it. It’ll be nice to try some new methods!

  2. Janet

    Those socks are fantastic – is there any way to get the pattern without retroactively joining the Yahoo group? Is it in their archives?

  3. Lisa

    Those are beautiful socks. You will have one lucky pal! Are you excited to see your socks from Sockapalooza? It won’t be long….

  4. Agnes

    Lovely lovely! I’m sure my sock pal is knitting me yummy socks too … but I so want these are for me! hahaha …

  5. April

    Gorgeous, as always. Your sock pal is going to faint with happiness. They probably already did when they found out they had you as a pal! Those are some rockin’ socks!

  6. Punkin

    Bravo! Your work is beautiful. I admire the way you do not settle for ‘good enough’, you take it all the way to perfection.

  7. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog)

    I’ve been cabling without a cable needle ever since I first saw your tutorial (in the middle of an all-over cabled sweater in a size 50″ chest). I’ve recommended it to lots of people and linked to it a couple of times because it is, in fact, the best. Thanks again.

  8. Ühltje

    Absolutely great. I would not have expected anything less but reversing the pattern for the second sock. After all, I do it and I am not nearly a perfectionist as you are (yet)!

  9. kmkat

    Those are awesome socks. If I were in a Sockapalooza thing and discovered YOU were my pal, I would swoon right then and there for sheer joy. But since I don’t join those things b/c I am too independent/stubborn/lame to knit on a schedule I am doomed to wear only socks made by my own two hands.

    Is there an English translation of that sock pattern?

  10. Lani

    Your socks are absolutely stunning! I’m so envious of your Sockapalooza pall! If I were to own a pair of socks as wonderful they would never leave my feet!

    And yes, does the pattern come in English?

  11. joy

    firstly, the socks? can i have them? you still have time to make different ones for your pal. 🙂 secondly, your tutorial has kept me sane with my latest cable project, so thanks!

  12. Bianca

    They looks really great!

    And it’s because of you, that I knit cables without a separate needle. I really love it, it’s so easy after a while.

    Know it makes much more fun to knit patterns with many cables.

    Kind regards,


  13. Jomy

    I think you made an excellent choice extending the cable pattern. They look lovely.

    And I’m sure your sock pal will appreciate you putting in so much consideration to reverse the cable and color patterns.

  14. Karen S

    I do hope, that I might be as lucky as to be the receiver of those toooooo beautiful socks! They are truly stunning!!! Beautiful color, beautiful pattern and stunning finish (good knitting!).

  15. Shelda

    Wow! They’re gorgeous, and continuing the cables was a stroke of genius. I also applaud the mirror imaging. It’s just always a cool thing to do!

  16. Sarah

    What marvelous socks! I love the peppermint candy stripes, and especially the Latvian braid. Yum. Must resist the urge to cast on a new pair of socks when there are so many mateless ones languishing sadly in my drawer. If the SSS goes on much longer I may start wearing them mismatched.

  17. Nancy

    Lovely socks! What a lucky pal you have!

    They are beautiful, as always. It makes me reconsider buying some cranberry LL I recently saw at a LYS….

  18. Linda

    Wow…great socks. Make me feel more than a little inadequate, but I am knitting Jaywalkers for my pal. Thanks for the great pattern.

  19. Chris H

    So pretty! I can’t quite get the hang of cabling without a cable needle. Oh I get the *concept*, but my hands can’t make it happen. Maybe if I tried it at home, instead of on a moving train it might help….

  20. Susan P

    Wow! Wish I was your sock pal. Those socks are…







    Words fail me (and as anyone could tell you, that doesn’t happen very often.)


  21. Liz F

    Beautiful socks, and I wanted to delurk to tell you thanks for the KnitScene article on beading – I just signed up for Mystery Stole 3, but never beaded before, after reading your article, I feel confident I can do it.

  22. Jeanne B.

    OK, I love those socks so much that I joined the Socken-Kreativ-Liste even though I hardly know any German because I want the pattern so badly. But, I can’t seem to find the patter on the SKL. Help? Direction? My high school German is rusty, and the Mac Translation widget only goes so far. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE because those are AMAZING socks!

  23. Anna

    Really wonderful socks! Simply adorable! Your pal will love them

    @ Jeanne B.: now that you already joined SKL, you can find the pattern (in English!) following these steps:

    – starting here http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/Socken-Kreativ-Liste/

    – click “Dateien”

    => “Monatsmuster”

    => “November 2006”

    => “scala_en.pdf” (this is the file you are looking for)

  24. Jeanne B.

    Anna, THANK YOU! You rock! Monatsmuster translates to “Monthly Sample” using my translator widget. No wonder I couldn’t find it. (Must learn German. Again.) Thanks!

  25. Teresa C

    Uh Oh. Another sock pattern that now, I won’t be able to stop thinking about. Am I already a member of that group? Hmmm… I’d better check.

    They are gorgeous. I wish you were my pal, but I’m thinking that since you actually know me you would have knit me some blue socks. Sigh.

  26. knittingphilistine

    I want these. Let’s hope I’m your sock pal, or there’s going to be a problem. The problem: me having to ditch all of my other single socks for knitting some for myself. They are gorgeous!

  27. Brangane

    Those socks are fantastic. I want to join the group but I don’t speark German. 🙁

  28. Brangane

    Those socks are fantastic. I want to join the group but I don’t speark German. 🙁

  29. Lara

    I’d love to knit these socks, but my German isn’t quite up to a knitting pattern. Is there an English translation of the pattern available?

    Also, your blog is very nice. 🙂

  30. Ingrid

    Hi Grumperina!

    I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I must say I’m deeply impressed by all the wonderful stuff you knit. ! I’ve seen the Scala socks on several websites and wold really like to get hold of the pattern. What should I do to get hold of it? Is it in a book (don’t understand German!)

    Thanks for the help!

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