The Unusual Balbriggan Heel

1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

Yesterday’s Soldiers’ Socks, mentioned a Ballbriggan heel so casually I figured that 100 years ago it was a commonly known type of heel. Research is in order.

Balbriggan – Named for the town of Ballbriggan, Ireland, in 1843. Was first applies to full-fashioned hosiery made from unbleached cotton. About 1860 the name was applied to knit underwear of the same material. Originally it was used only on high-class goods, but it now covers everything in light-weight flat underwear mad of yarn, stained to the shade of Egyptian cotton. ~ Southern Merchant, Volume 20, 1907

Balbriggan Harbour Socks by Archives and Old Lace

Balbriggan Harbour Socks by Archives and Old Lace

Balbriggan Harbour Socks by Archives and Old Lace. This is a free pattern and the blog post is a fun read! All the research I’ve found about this heel, everyone has glowing words about how much fun the heel is to knit. For those of you who have Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks book or the Sock Architecture book, the pattern is in the books.

Detailed instructions for knitting the heel are found at Liberty’s Yarn blog.

This heel is definitely on my list of “must try”.  Go do a search and see all of the lovely examples.

QNow go have a fun crafty day!

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