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New Pattern Release: the Marriage of Convenience Socks

The Marriage of Convenience Socks, which are the fourth 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 lightly speckled, pale pink socks is laid flat on a white marble countertop. The socks have columns of eyelets and purl stitches. They're surrounded by roses and antique paper ephemera.

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 the Marriage of Convenience Socks on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Marriage of Convenience Socks on Ravelry.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit the Marriage of Convenience 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!

Urban Girl Yarns Virginia

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 pair of lightly speckled, pale pink socks on two feet resting against each other in front of an Aubusson-style pillow.

About the Marriage of Convenience Socks

A marriage of convenience story almost needs no explanation. Two people who don’t love each other decide to get married anyway because it provides other benefits they need. Along the way, though, something happens, and they end up falling in love even though they didn’t plan it and perhaps don’t even want it. The best-laid schemes of mice and men, eh?

When I bought the yarn for these socks, I knew I needed to name this pattern Marriage of Convenience. That’s because the colorway name is “Duke of Hawtness,” and when I asked the dyer (Shelia Anderson of Urban Girl Yarns), she confirmed it was named for Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings—AKA the Bridgerton Guy. I had a good chuckle and knew it was fate.

These socks are knit from the top down with a ribbed cuff, heel flap and gusset, and wedge toe. They are graded to five sizes for a wider range of fit. The ribbing that runs the length of the sock helps keep them snug and supportive.

A pair of lightly speckled, pale pink socks is laid flat on a white marble countertop. This photo, taken from a low angle, shows the toes of the socks while the rest is blurred in the background.

Marriage of Convenience Socks Specs and Details

Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Marriage of Convenience Socks including their dimensions, materials, gauge, needles, and more.

SIZES1, 2, 3, 4, 5   Finished sock dimensions: 6.25” (16 cm), 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm), 11.25” (28.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)  
MATERIALSFingering weight yarn, 280-440 yds (256-403 m)   Sample shown knit in Urban Girl Yarns Virginia, 480 yds (439 m) per 4.4 oz (125 g)  
GAUGE4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette  
NEEDLESOne 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)  
TOOLSOne stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats Tapestry needle for weaving in ends  
SKILL LEVELIntermediate   Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, stockinette grafting  
A pair of lightly speckled, pale pink socks on two feet lightly crossed at the ankle. The left foot, resting on top, is angled so the heel flap on the sock is visible.

If You Like the Marriage of Convenience 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 Baluster Socks, which also use columns of dainty eyelets for fun texture

The Dusk in the Desert Shawl, which uses eyelets arranged in rows for dramatic effect

The Arroyo Verde Mitts, where seed stitch balances out two columns of eyelets

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