Museum Knits Osborne Socks – downloadable pdf


This ‘Osborne’ knitted socks pattern is a downloadable 12-page A4 PDF that you can print yourself at home. Designed by Museum Knits for Zenzie Tinker Conservation, inspired by a pair of baby socks in the ZTC study collection, it offers full instructions and charts for 4 different sizes. Please note that you can only download this pattern once, the link is available for 60 days before it expires.



These lacy and yet cosy socks are inspired by a pair knitted for a baby in 1847, now part of the Zenzie Tinker Conservation study collection and accompanied by a letter written in 1899 from one friend to another. They have a reinforced slipped stitch heel flap to give a more robust heel and are knitted in a Shetland lace stitch, Print O’ The Wave. The original pair were knitted using super fine needles and cotton, with a rather more perfunctory heel and toe than those used here.

Knitted in the round from the cuff down using five dpns or a 23cm (9in) circular needle,  directions are given for four different sizes – the pattern offers charts as well as written instructions.

The socks in the Zenzie Tinker Conservation collection are accompanied by a handwritten letter from Jane Osborne in Belfast, dated September 11th 1899 and sent to a friend or relative, Annie, in Dublin upon the birth of her daughter. In the letter, Jane mentions that the socks were originally knitted for her and sent to her own mother – they were only worn once at her baptism in 1847, already making them a good 52 years old when they were sent to Annie.

You can also buy an A5 printed leaflet version of this pattern here.

Museum Knits (aka Geraldine Warner) creates patterns inspired by or related to knitwear in museum collections and heritage organisations. A percentage of all sales goes to the museums and organisations who inspire the patterns.

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