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I Brake for Sock Monkeys

From Wikipedia: The iconic sock monkeys made from Red-Heel socks emerged at the earliest in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company of  Rockford, Illinois added the trademarked red heel to its product… Nelson Knitting added the red heel “de-tec-tip” to assure its customers they were buying “original Rockfords.” This red heel gave the monkeys their distinctive mouth.

In 1955, Nelson Knitting was awarded the design patent on sock monkeys and began including the pattern with every pair of socks. The sock monkey doll was then used in promotional campaigns celebrating the widespread application of their product by inventive homemakers in the field of monkey manufacturing.

Etsians have come up with some very clever and unique sock monkey items, beginning with this vintage red heel sock monkey that was made by hoffeeandanuffin.   However, #213 is not your mama’s sock monkey.  She is a total  diva doll with eyelashes to die for.

Vintage Red Heel Sock Monkey

Vintage Red Heel Sock Monkey

mmmarmalade designed and knit up this fabulous sock monkey skirty, just perfect for your little princess.

Sock Monkey Soaker

Sock Monkey Skirty

This sock monkey hat with ear flaps, braids and a red pom pom was hand crocheted by grandmascats.  [looks vaguely like someone I dated back in the 70s]

Custom Crochet Sock Monkey Hat with Braids and Pom Pom
Custom Crochet Sock Monkey Hat with Braids and Pom Pom

Should you like your sock monkeys dangly, here is a friendly pair about 1” high and wide on hypoallergenic hooks from picnicbybarbfeldman.

Sock Monkey Earrings

Sock Monkey Earrings

Fred the Monkey Purse

Fred the Monkey Purse

Meet Fred.  He is a crocheted sock monkey purse, just right for a phone, keys and maybe some cash – perfect for a quick trip to the store.  Fred is a member in good standing of the MonkeyTravelClub.

George the sock monkey cup cozy made it all the way to the front page of etsy recently.  According to sphinxy who feeds and clothes him in Honduras, “George is a lovely sock monkey that will make your daily coffee or, if you are like me, all of them, more happy!”

George the Coffee Cup Cozy

George the Coffee Cup Cozy

Are you be looking for a gift that will have everyone talking?   babycakesanddecor will be happy to whip up this sock monkey diaper cake.

Deluxe Cake
Sock Monkey Deluxe Cake

linkrayphoto pays homage to Henri Rousseau with The Sock Monkey Dream  –  a gallery-quality, framed and matted print.

The Sock Monkey Dream

The Sock Monkey Dream

And finally, terbearco is offering directions to make your own sock monkey as a pay it forward (PIF).  They only ask that you pay the listing fee and list a PIF item in your shop or do something nice for someone else. 


Sock Monkey Instructionsv - PIF

This blog post is dedicated to my friend and colleague, Sharon.  You know her as seedlingsjewelry on etsy and seedlingstweets on twitter.  Sharon covets sock monkeys and, according to a recent twitter, goes to sleep each evening with them flying around in her head [paging sock monkey air traffic control].


  1. Hahahahahahahaa…NICE! Lois, you are amazing and wonderful and I shall cherish this post forever.

    Comment by Sharon — 06/22/2009 @ 5:00 am

  2. Oh, I love sock monkeys! (That hat is too awesome!)

    Comment by cdonaghy — 06/22/2009 @ 8:03 am

  3. Eeeek! I LOVE Sock Monkeys!! This is an awesome article, Lois! Keep up the good work!!

    Comment by worthysoycandles — 06/22/2009 @ 8:56 am

  4. haha, I love sock monkeys too. Nice picks!

    Comment by iSew — 06/22/2009 @ 10:38 am

  5. Love this post!!! 😀 I was in love with hoffeeandanuffin´s #213… but she got sold… She´s adorable!

    Comment by Alejandra — 06/22/2009 @ 6:45 pm

  6. I want that sock monkey hat SO BAD!

    Comment by Celeste — 06/23/2009 @ 2:46 pm

  7. Celeste, You are going to have to fight seedlingsjewelry for it!

    Comment by foxygknits — 06/23/2009 @ 3:09 pm

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