Tender’s rib cotton-linen socks are knitted and hand linked in England from natural unbleached brown linen 3-ply fine weaving yarn, and ecru cotton yarn, with nylon for durability, dyed with traditional dyes or left in their ‘unborn’ natural state, in which case they will shrink to fit with the first wash.
The linen and cotton yarns are fed into the knitting machine from parallel cones, leading to a random flecked pattern of the subtly different yarn colours.
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 heavy boots.
Please note that the colour in traditionally dyed socks may transfer for the first few wears- we recommend washing cool, with similar colours, and not wearing with light coloured shoes until the socks have been washed.