Who would have thought that beloved sock monkeys have been around for over 100 years? The first sock monkeys were crafted from Red Heel® socks made by the Nelson Knitting Mill in Rockford, Illinois. The red heels inspired the monkey’s distinctive mouth.
The stuffed primates became so popular that instructions for making them have been included with each pair of Red Heel® socks sold since 1920.
I cruised around the internet and found some designers who’ve monkeyed around to come up with some pretty imaginative stuff…
The monkey that started it all…
Minneapolis designer Rebecca Yaker of Hazel and Melvin’s Room conceived of this crazy silly monkey dress. I wonder if it’s itchy?
A sock monkey cuff would be a nice addition to any wardrobe…
Or Rebecca can knit up a custom sock monkey dress like this one for you for a mere $1,500. (I don’t think I’ll be ordering one anytime soon!)
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The original Red Heel® sock