Knitting Socks: Past and Present


Baby’s Bootikin. All photos by Joe Coca.

I love socks. Actually, I’m addicted to socks. I have dozens of pairs–from glorious handknitted wool ones from Uruguay to white cotton ones with organdy ruffles from Target. I feel deprived in the summer because it’s just too hot to wear socks. Now that fall is definitely here and winter is in the offing, I’m back to sorting through my sock stash each morning (and spending way too much time deciding which pair to don)!

Now I just need enough time to knit the 19 socks featured in our newest PieceWork eBook–Vintage Socks to Knit: 19 Patterns for the Whole Family. That each one is based on a pattern that originally appeared in Victorian England’s Weldon’s Practical Needlework is icing on the cake. Even better, the patterns are from a longtime supporter of PieceWork and member of our editorial advisory panel Nancy Bush.

In her introduction, Nancy offers insight into her process:

“When I first began thinking about the task of taking sock patterns from the Weldon’s Practical Needlework series and putting them into a modern context, I was excited by the chance to scrutinize knitting from nineteenth-century Britain and curious to see what I would uncover in the process. After I got used to the small print and almost chatty ways the patterns were written, what I found was a collection of very interesting designs that paid much attention to detail. I discovered patterns that were logical in their design, and pieces that were fun to knit.”


French sock.

If you like to knit socks, you are going to love this eBook. You’ll find the sweet Baby’s Bootikin (that is just the best name!), the French Sock (Nancy adapted this child’s design for women), the Lozenge Pattern Sock for men, and so much more.

Join Nancy in her adventure back in time to Victorian England in Vintage Socks to Knit: 19 Patterns for the Whole Family!