This pattern in three sizes is from the first known printed book of knitting instructions, published for the use of school teachers in 1817. It is an early recipe for short socks, which came into fashion just a few years earlier when men began wearing long trousers as everyday wear, and it is also one of the first recorded uses of ribbing at the top of a sock. Sock knitting was taught in schools to both boys and girls, and was considered to be an excellent way to keep little hands busy.
1817 School sock
Designer:Worthing Girls' School
Yarn:Sport or Fingering