Tender’s rib cotton-linen socks are knitted and hand linked in England from natural unbleached brown linen 3-ply fine weaving yarn, and ecru cotton yarn, with nylon for durability, dyed with traditional dyes. Linen provides excellent vibration absorption, and so is used, laminated with resin, in engine housing panels, and in the hulls of racing cars.
The linen and cotton yarns are fed into the knitting machine from parallel cones, leading to a random flecked pattern of the subtly different yarn colours.
Traditional hosiery (like these socks) is knitted as a long continuous tube of many socks, which are then cut apart into individual socks. These are then linked, which means that the open sock has the two sides knitted together, leaving a flat, seamless, join at the toe. Linking requires the operator to loop every corresponding stitch of the top and bottom of the sock, by hand, onto a knitting machine.
Tender’s socks are made with a loop-back, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or heavy boots.
These Tender socks have been dyed with Prussian blue. Prussian blue pigment was discovered in around 1704 in Berlin, by the chemist Johann Jacob Diesbach. Prior to this, blues obtained from woad and indigo were susceptible to fading in bright light, and were unstable as pigments, so could not be used reliably for painting or printing. Prussian blue is derived from an iron salt, and gives an intense, slightly red-caste blue. In 1842, Sir John Herschel invented the cyanotype process, whereby Prussian blue pigment is fixed photographically by exposure to sun light through a negative. This technique was originally used by engineers as a way of accurately reproducing finely detailed technical drawings (‘blue-prints’) but was also adopted as a quicker printing process for photographs, as it did not require a darkroom. Many early postcards and family portraits were printed as cyanotypes.
Please note that the colour in natural dyed socks may transfer for the first few wears. We recommend washing cool, with similar colours, and not wearing with light coloured shoes until the socks have been washed.
- Knitted from 3-ply natural linen weaving yarn and ecru cotton yarn, with nylon for durability,
- Heavy weight construction with full terry looped sole, suitable to wear with shoes or boots
- Dyed with Prussian blue
- Circular knitted on mechanical machines
- Hand linked toe
- Fully shaped heel
- Made in England
- One size