Tender’s rib alpaca socks are knitted and hand linked in England from raw unbleached alpaca yarn, with nylon for durability. They are left in their ‘unborn’ natural state, as they come off the knitting machine, and will shrink to fit with the first wash.
Traditional hosiery (like these socks) is knitted as a long continuous tube of many socks, which are then cut apart into individual socks. These are then linked, which means that the open sock has the two sides knitted together, leaving a flat, seamless, join at the toe. Linking requires the operator to loop every corresponding stitch of the top and bottom of the sock, by hand, onto a knitting machine.
Tender’s socks are made with a loop-back, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or even heavy boots. Similar socks are available in cotton, deadstock Irish-spun linen, mohair, or wool-cotton yarns.