Booklet ‘The Grey Sock’

Made 1914-1918

This booklet was printed by the Soldiers’ Sock Fund to provide instruction for knitting socks for soldiers during World War One. Proceeds from the sales of the booklet also went to the fund.

The Soldiers’ Sock Fund was one of a number of comfort funds and organisations launched in the first two years of the First World War in Australia. Among the others were the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross, the Lord Mayor’s Patriotic and War Fund of New South Wales and the Australian Comfort Fund...


Stapled 12 page booklet entitled 'The Grey Sock'. The cover reads: 'THE / Grey Sock / Proceeds of the Sale / to be devoted to the / Soldiers' Sock Fund'. Contains instructions for knitting grey wool socks. The instructions have been annotated in ink.


60 mm
102 mm


The booklet was produced by the Soldiers' Sock Fund and all proceeds from its sale went to the fund.

It is likely that the booklet was published in 1914 or 1915 as most funds were integrated into the Australian Comfort Funds or the Red Cross from 1916.


Gift of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, 2001

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Booklet 'The Grey Sock' 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 March 2017, <>
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