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New Pattern Release: The Willful Wallflower

The Willful Wallflower is the first knitting pattern in the 2024 Golden Honey Sock Club, 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.

A flatlay photograph of two gray, handknit socks stretched on wire sock blockers. They have lacy bands around the legs and the toes are both pointing to the right. They're surrounded by peach 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 Willful Wallflower on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Willful Wallflower 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!

Palmer Yarn Co. Soft Sock

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 feet wearing gray, handknit socks are stretched out on an antique sofa and crossed at the ankles.

About The Willful Wallflower

The 2024 Golden Honey Sock Club is devoted to historical romance archetypes. I’m a sucker for a good ballroom drama, a society scandal, or a duel at dawn. There are certain characters you encounter again and again in these environments, and seeing them show up always makes me happy.

The first archetype in this year’s club is the Willful Wallflower. A wallflower is someone who is rarely asked to dance at a ball and usually spends the evening tucked among the potted ferns. A person can become a wallflower for many reasons. They might be shy, lacking connections, or socially inept. My favorite wallflowers, though, are those who rarely get asked to dance because they’re just too darn opinionated and outspoken.

These socks are knit from the cuff down and graded to five sizes. They feature a richly textured leg and a simple stockinette foot. A heel flap and gusset provide an adjustable fit, while the socks are finished with a whimsical star toe.

A close-up on the toes of a pair of handknit gray socks. This image shows that the toes are knit with a whimsical star toe construction.

The Willful Wallflower Specs and Details

Here are all the nitty gritty details about The Willful Wallflower including their dimensions, materials, gauge, needles, and more.

SIZES 1, 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)

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

Sample shown knit in Palmer Yarn Co. Soft Sock, 80% merino, 20% nylon, 400 yds (366 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)

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

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

SKILL LEVEL Intermediate

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

A pair of feet wearing gray, handknit socks are photographed from the side on an antique sofa. The socks have lace bands around the ankles.

If You Like The Willful Wallflower, 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 uses 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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