Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SOCKS, But Were Afraid to Ask

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Short socks, long socks and stockings tied on, tied up or elasticized. Socks are woven (pun intended) in our history and along the way begat some interesting facts…

We suppose socks have been around in some form or other since clothing was created. Animal skins tied on with sinew, matted animal fur (eww!) held on with leather thongs, woven fur which I’m sure lead to woven plant materials and eventually to fabric and knit. But on to our interesting tidbits…

Albert Einstein never wore socks – holes caused by big toes annoyed him.

Men wore stockings before women did. They were called hose and were a staple in every man’s wardrobe.

During WWI the Red Cross provided yarn and patterns to knitters all over the U.S. to make socks, gloves, and hats for the men. 

Woven socks (known as leggings) were a status symbol in 12th century Europe and it wasn’t until later in that century that feet were added.

Queen Elizabeth popularized stockings for women in 1566 having received a pair of black silk stockings hand made by her seamstress as a gift.

In the 1970s toe socks were born. BUT did you know the first toe socks were TWO toed socks in Egypt in 300 A.D.?









Legend has it that the first sock monkey was made between 1932 and 1939. The Rockford Red Heel sock was created in 1932 and was sold by Sears Roebuck and Co (by catalog) beginning in 1939 and included a pattern for the now famous sock monkey toy and in 1955 received a U.S. patent for their pattern.



So there you have it. Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about socks but were afraid to ask. Now go forth in your most brightly colored pair and knock their socks off. 😉



Dot ~ AtticAndBarnTreasures.com

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  1. Great post Dot! Now that I am retired I want to go back to knitting some warm socks for us to wear in our sorel winter boots. My friend Irma’s mother taught me how to knit socks based on 48 stitches. I still have it written down somewhere. Irma came from a very large Acadien New Brunswick Canada family so her mom was knitting socks and cooking and baking all of the time.

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