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.
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.