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New Knitting Pattern Release: A Good Grovel Socks

A Good Grovel, which are the third pair of socks in the Golden Honey Sock Club, are now available! Read on for more information about where to buy the pattern, details and specs, an easy shopping list, and more.

A pair of grayish-purple socks is laid out flat on a gray surface. One sock is turned to the left, and the other is laid out so the front panel is visible all the way from cuff to toe. They have cables and eyelets running down the front of each sock. The socks are surrounded by antique paper ephemera, textiles, olive branches, and a white teacup full of espresso.

Golden Honey Sock Club

You can find listings for the Golden Honey Sock Club membership in my Etsy shop and in my Ravelry shop. This is the most cost-effective way to buy this pattern along with four other patterns, a private Slack community, and monthly Zoom knit nights. For more information about how the sock club works, learn about the Golden Honey Sock Club here.


Here’s where you’ll find A Good Grovel on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find A Good Grovel on Ravelry.

A close-up on the toes of a pair of grayish-purple socks. This shoes the wedge toe construction of the socks.

About A Good Grovel

One challenge when you fall in love with someone is the question of what happens when one of the partners screws up in a spectacular fashion. Romance writers love to play with the most disastrous incarnations of those relationship screw-ups, to see how far they can push the partners before their reconciliation makes no sense anymore.

And a key factor in that? A good grovel. The more somebody screws up, the better their apology needs to be, at least as far as I’m concerned. The road to a really good grovel will involve layers, some thorny twists and turns, sparklingly wonderful moments that make the partners want to stick it out and find a way forward, and most importantly, a satisfying resolution.

In fact, it’s not unlike the front panel on these socks, which I designed with some particularly good grovels in mind. These socks are knit from the cuff down and graded to five sizes. They feature a richly cabled front panel and a simple stockinette back. A heel flap and gusset provide an adjustable fit, while the socks are finished with a classic wedge toe.

A close-up on the foot of a grayish-purple sock with cables and eyelets down the front. Its mate is in the background. They're surrounded by antique paper ephemera and a white teacup full of espresso.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit these socks using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

Malabrigo Ultimate Sock in colorway Pearl

Chiaogoo US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) short circular needles (affiliate link)

The DPNs I’ve used since 2009 (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (many fancy options) (affiliate link) 

A close-up on the front panel of a grayish-purple sock. This shows the socks cables and eyelets in more detail.

A Good Grovel Socks Details and Specs

Here are all the nitty gritty details about A Good Grovel including their dimensions, materials, gauge, needles, and more.

Sizes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Finished sock dimensions: 6.5” (16.5 cm), 7.5” (19 cm), 8.5” (21.5 cm), 9.5” (24 cm), 10.5” (26.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)

Materials: Fingering weight yarn, 280-440 yds (256-403 m). Sample shown knit in Malabrigo Ultimate Sock, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 420 yds (385 m) per 100 g (3.5 oz), colorway Pearl.

Gauge: 4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 41 rows in stockinette

Needles: One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above. Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm). 

Tools: One stitch marker for beginning of round; two optional additional markers for edges of textured panel on front of sock. Optional cable needle. Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Skill level: Intermediate. Techniques: decreases, cabling, knitting in the round, stockinette stitch grafting.

A pair of grayish-purple socks is laid out flat on a gray photo background, surrounded by antique paper ephemera and a white teacup full of espresso. This photo is shot slightly from the left and focuses on the sock that clearly shows the textured panel all the way down from cuff to toe.

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If there’s one thing I’ve discovered in my years as a knitter, it’s that many of us have favorite motifs we like to revisit. In case you’re the same, here are some suggestions based on this pair of socks.

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