16th century plain socks

The art of knitting spread from the Middle East to Spain and Western Europe during the Middle Ages. By the 1500s, knitted stockings were a coveted accessory. These plain stockings were designed for Plimoth Plantation, a museum well known for its accurate presentation of the Pilgrims of 1624. They are based on the study of several period examples and are knitted in a heavier yarn than was common at the time. They use what was known as a "common heel," where the heel flap is knitted flat and then folded in half and bound off to make the heel cup.

Approx Date: 
1600
Designer: 
Anne Lane
Sock Type: 
Historical
Yarn: 
Worsted
Needles: 
US 3
Stitches/Inch: 
6
Pattern Source: 

The Plimoth Plantation

Alternate/Notes: 

This is the pattern being used by volunteer knitters making stockings for interpreters working at Plimoth Plantation. To request a kit (pattern and yarn) contact the Plimoth Plantation.