Eleanora of Toledo socks

The luxurious red silk stockings of Eleanora of Toledo, wife of Cosimo di Medici, were buried with her when she died in 1562. They are the earliest surviving knitted items decorated with knit-purl patterns and yarn-overs. Finely knitted at 12 or more stitches to the inch, this pattern produces a close replica of the originals, with their lacy turned-over cuff. You can also knit a modernized version in fingering yarn with ribbing and a modern heel.

Approx Date: 
1562
Designer: 
Anne DesMoines, Elizabeth Pearson
Sock Type: 
Historical
Yarn: 
12/2 silk or fingering yarn
Needles: 
US 000 or 1
Stitches/Inch: 
12 (or 9)
Pattern Source: 

Georg's Research