Sock Monkey

Fox River Returns

The Original Rockford Red Heel® Monkey Sock is the world's most iconic sock. The sock has a long history dating back all the way to the 1880s as the Original Rockfords. We acquired the landmark brand in 1992 and have expanded the line to offer not only the crafting socks, but also wearable Merino wool, handwear and accessories. Plus, on this site we offer a collection of toys and crafting accessories.



Fox River acquired the landmark the Original Rockford Red Heel® sock brand, when Nelson Knitting Mill closed its doors in 1992. The Original Rockford Red Heel is a significant part of America’s industrial past. John Nelson of Rockford, Illinois developed the first seamless sock-knitting machine in 1869 that started the sock boom and Nelson Knitting Mill in 1880. Nelson added the iconic red heel to his socks in 1932 to stand out in the sea of imitators of his seamless Rockfords. A genuine sock monkey still can only be made from the copyrighted Original Rockford Red Heel, the only sock with a knit-in red heel.

Along with the Original Rockford Red Heel brand came the responsibility and joy of sharing the sock monkey and sock toys with new generations. We have taken this responsibility seriously by expanding the well-known sock line with new colors such as Blue Heather in 2009 and Pink Heather in 2010. We have also helped proliferate the sock monkey phenomenon by creating a new sock monkey and friends pattern book in 2010, participating in crafting events and licensing the use of the iconic toy in a “big bowl game” commercial campaign in 2010 for the all-new KIA Sorento. In 2012, we introduced the first branded all-in-one sock monkey kit featuring everything you need to make your very own sock monkey. Additionally, our large distribution network has expanded the reach of the Rockford Red Heel. Our worldwide network of retailers, make it available in six countries, 48 states and online.


Since 1955, the Original Sock Monkey Pattern has been included with every pair of Original Rockford Red Heel Socks. You can also download the pattern here for free. You will still need socks, stuffing, scissors, thread and a needle to make your own monkey.