If you’ve ever wandered through an upscale department store and picked up a pair of luxury socks with your hands then there’s something you’ve probably noticed — they adhere to the classic method of hand linking. That is why some luxury brands put a “hand linked toe” sticker on their socks or emphasize it in the beginning of the item description. This shows that, among sock connoisseurs, the application of the hand linking method is what distinguishes high quality socks from the rest.
However, 90% of consumers have no idea what “hand linked toe” means and also don’t know why it’s important. Since socks are knitted by circular knitting machines, the toe seams must be closed in whatever way possible during the manufacturing process. The ridge at toe area of the sock is the result of the closing.