Tender’s rib wool socks are knitted and hand linked in England from natural unbleached woollen yarn, with nylon for durability.
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 tubular knitted on antique mechanical machines, and hand linked, in England. Unwashed, unbleached, natural yarns are spun with a small amount of nylon, for long wear, and the socks are available dyed with historical pigments or ‘Unborn’ straight from the knitting machine. Unborn socks have a loose edge of water-soluble yarn, which will disappear with the first wash.They will arrive large, but shrink down to size in water.
These Tender socks have been dyed with indian black, derived from a naturally occuring iron oxide from India. Indian black is thought to be the original source of lamp black and India ink. It was later replaced with crushed charcoal as a more readily available alternative.
Tender’s socks are made with a loopback, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or heavy boots.
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.