Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The History of Socks!

I must say that until I received a newsletter this morning, I never even considered socks :) But yet, I have a drawer full of them in varying lengths, colors, materials. I thought this was a little interesting read for today. Hope you enjoy!

The first knit socks were found in Egyptian tombs. As early as the 13th century, hand-knitted socks began replacing the woven, cut and sewn stockings found throughout Europe and the Middle East. In the beginning, socks were considered a luxury, worn only by the aristocracy. But, by the 16th century, this had changed and hand-knitted socks made from wool were available for all.

As people fled Europe to settle the American colonies, many transported hosiery-knitting machines out of England, which opened the door to a new industry in the New World. Socks were considered a valuable item and were often used for bartering.

In modern times, the American Red Cross often sent out requests for clothing to distribute to the U.S. Armed Forces during times of war. Many people hand-knitted and donated socks just for that purpose.

Eventually, knit socks were converted into crochet versions. With the many beautiful and interesting patterns and yarns available today, socks are now an integral part of our wardrobes and are often considered a fashion statement in their own right.

Socks can be knitted or crocheted, fun and funky, or plain and modest. Color palettes can range from soft, subdued shades to lush hues found in nature, or wild and wacky brights. In making socks, the styles, yarns and color choices are virtually endless, and you are limited only by your imagination!

If you want to try your hand at knitting a basic sock, please go to The Farmer's Attic at for complete instructions.


The Moonlit Stitch said...

Love this post! Tradition in our family to give socks at Christmas. Do you have any info on the notorious "sock grelims" that steal just one sock, but not both?

The Farmer's Attic said...

Sorry, but the "sock gremlins" are one of mankinds greatest mysteries :)

The Old Cupboard Door said...

LOL, I was wondering the same thing! Great read Lucy.


Marilyn in NM said...

I loved this post. I am a "knitter of socks". I've read lots of historical info on socks but this was so very interesting and was glad to read it....thanks.
Marilyn in NM