Each member will need several pairs of socks made of wool. The most
appropriate colors are gray and olive drab green. Other shades of green
and colors such as dark/navy blue and brown are appropriate. During
the war millions of pairs of socks were knitted by hand and on sock
knitting machines by the citizenry of the United States for its soldiers
and distributed through the American Red Cross.
The single best source for socks is to have someone knit them for you. The following
links are to instructions on knitting socks. While the first set of instructions
are for socks from the Civil War era they are very appropriate for WW1 use. The
second set of instructions is from the WW1 period. The third link is to a sock
pattern from the Red Cross, and while it is dated from the World War 2 era, it
was a re-issuance of a World War 1 pattern. What may not be used are modern hiking
socks or athletic socks with stripes.
For those that do not know a knitter many of our members know knitters
and can put new members into contact with someone more than happy to
knit socks. Here also is a list of suppliers for both hand and machine
knitted woolen socks.
Two Flags Sutlery probably has the best deal on
woolen hand knitted socks at $16 a pair. These are very well made.
Two Flags Sutlery
2340 Spring Drive
Escalon, CA 95320
website – http://www.twoflagssutlery.com/
Evergreen Acres Farm offers on its website
woolen socks knitted on an old sock-knitting machine. The company offers
natural colored woolen socks and dyed socks for $12-$13, listed as
Civil War era socks. Stick with the usual colors of gray, brown, blue
Evergreen Acres Farm
N2784 Camp Riversite Road
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin 53085
920-564-3101 or 920-893-0683
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
website – http://evergreenacresfarm.com
S&S Sutler of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
offers hand knitted socks for $35. Request socks in dark blues, browns,
grays and greens in solid colors.
S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
Tim & Debbie Sheads
331 Buford Ave.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
e-mail – email@example.com
website – http://www.ss-sutler.com/
Verena’s Knitting Corner offers a number of
possibilities for hand knitted socks.
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
website – http://webpages.charter.net/svenjafour/index.html