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New Pattern Release: The Madeleine Socks

Since 2020, I’ve been captivated by a dainty cable pattern that looks like batter poured into a pan. My latest knitting pattern using those cables is the Madeleine Socks, and it’s now available. Read on for more information about where to buy the pattern, details and specs, an easy shopping list, and more.

The Madeleine Socks, a pair of mint-green handknit socks, are laid flat on a white marble countertop with both toes pointing to the right. The socks feature seed stitch and dainty cables running down the front and back. They're surrounded by vintage books, a teacup full of black tea, and yellow miniature roses.


Here’s where you’ll find the Madeleine Socks on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Madeleine Socks on Ravelry.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit The Willful Wallflower 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!

Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Mayhem Sport

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 (fancy option) (affiliate link)

A close-up on the toes of the Madeleine Socks showing how the cable panel on the front flows toward the toe.

About the Madeleine Socks

When I released the Madeleine Mitts and the Madeleine Hat back in 2020, I knew there was something special about the stitch pattern. As tends to happen, I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I revisited the pattern and made a DK-weight version of the hat—but that still wasn’t enough.

And so, the Madeleine Socks were born. These cuff-down socks use the classic Madeleine stitch motif down the front and back panels of the socks. The socks are graded to five sizes and feature a heel flap with gusset for a customizable fit. They’re finished off with a wedge toe.

A close up on one of the heels of the Madeleine Socks. It shows the heel flap and gusset construction with columns of stacked slipped stitches.

Madeleine Socks Details and Specs


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)


Fingering weight yarn, 280-440 yds (256-403 m)

Sample shown knit in Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Mayhem Sport, 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 328 yds (300 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)


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


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)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: cabling, decreases, knitting in the round, stockinette stitch grafting

A flatlay photograph of the Madeleine Socks with one sock on its side and one sock with the front panel displayed so the dainty cables are more visible. They're surrounded by antique books, a teacup full of black tea, and some miniature yellow roses.

If You Like the Madeleine Socks, You’ll Also Like…

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.

The Madeleine Mitts, another fingering-weight pattern using this cable motif

The Madeleine Hat DK, a pattern using this cable motif in a thicker yarn

The Amicus Socks, another sock pattern with simple, soothing cables

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