Tender’s reversed terry cotton socks are knitted and hand linked in England from raw unbleached cotton, with nylon for durability, then dyed with natural dyes. The socks are knitted entirely in a loop-back, or terry, stitch, and linked inside-out, so that the loops are on the outside, giving them a unique texture.
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. The thick all-over terry loops make them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or even heavy boots.
Knotted woad dyed socks are tied in knots before dyeing. As the dye only turns blue as it oxidises, this gives a patchy effect like a cloudy sky.
Please note that the colour in natural 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.