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Knit Baby Socks
Knit Baby Socks
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These Knit Baby Socks will keep your little one's toes warm and cozy. The nice ribbed tops will keep them on baby's feet so you don't need to worry about them kicking them off throughout the day. With such a cute and classic design, you can't go wrong making several pairs for your favorite little one. Since every baby needs multiple pairs of socks, you can also give these as a shower gift and any expectant mother will be thrilled. Once you've mastered the steps needed to complete baby socks, you can take your skills to the next level and work on a pair of cozy socks for yourself!

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge20 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 26 rounds = 4" [10 cm] in Stockinette st (knit every round). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeFinished Leg and Foot Circumference: 4" [10 cm], Finished Leg and Foot Length: 4¼" [11 cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Baby Hugs™ Medium: 1 ball 4410 Dolphin OR 4952 Safari
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 4.5 mm [US 7] set of 4 double pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

1. Each sock is worked in the round, on double-pointed needles, from the cuff downwards.
2. The heel is worked back and forth in rows, then work resumes in the round for gusset, foot, and toe.
3. If you are comfortable with working in the round on double-pointed needles you will find this an easy project.

Special Stitch
ssk (slip, slip, knit) = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time, as if to knit to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of stitches, knit these stitches together through back loop – 1 st decreased.

Sock (make 2)

Cast on 20 sts. Distribute the sts evenly over 3 double-pointed needles (place 7 sts on each of two needles and 6 sts on the third needle). Place a marker for beginning of round and prepare to work in rounds.

  1. Cuff and Leg
    Rounds 1–22 (right side): *K2, p2; repeat from * around.
    Rounds 23–26: Knit

  2. Heel Flap
    Turn your work. The heel is worked back and forth in rows and the first row you work is a wrong side row.
    Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1, p9, turn; leave remaining sts unworked—10 sts in this row. If needed, rearrange your sts on the needles so that these 10 heels sts are all on the same needle and the remaining sts are on the other two needles.
    Row 2: Slip 1, k9, turn.
    Rows 3–12: Repeat last 2 rows 5 more times.

  3. Turn Heel
    Row 13: Slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn—8 sts in this row.
    Row 14: Slip 1, k3, ssk, k1, turn—6 sts in this row.
    Row 15: Slip 1, p4, p2tog, turn—6 sts in this row.
    Row 16 (right side): Slip 1, k4, ssk, do not turn—6 sts in this row.

  4. Gusset
    Work now proceeds in rounds.
    Round 1 (right side): With right side facing, on Needle 1 (the needle that holds the 6 remaining heel sts): Pick up and k5 sts along edge of heel, pick up and k1 st in corner; on Needle 2: K10 sts for instep; on Needle 3: Pick up and k1 st in corner, pick up and k5 sts along side edge of heel, then k3 from Needle 1—28 sts total, with 9 sts each on Needles 1 and 3, and 10 sts on Needle 2.
    Round 2: On Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on Needle 2: K10; on Needle 3: K1, ssk, knit to end—26 sts total, with 8 sts each on Needles 1 and 3, and 10 sts on Needle 2.
    Round 3: Knit all sts.
    Rounds 4–9: Repeat last 2 rounds 3 more times—20 sts total, with 5 sts each on Needles 1 and 3, and 10 sts on Needle 2.

  5. Foot
    Knit every round until foot measures about 3¼" [8.5 cm] from back of heel or 1" [2.5 cm] less than desired foot length.

  6. Shape Toe
    Round 1: On Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on Needle 2: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on Needle 3: K1, ssk, knit to end—16 sts total, with 4 sts each on Needles 1 and 3, and 8 sts on Needle 2.
    Round 2: Knit all sts.
    Round 3 and 4: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2—12 sts total, with 3 sts each on Needles 1 and 3, and 6 sts on Needle 2.
    Round 5: On Needle 1: K2tog, k1; on Needle 2: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1; on Needle 3: K1, ssk, k2 from Needle 1—8 sts total, with 4 sts on each of 2 needles. Cut yarn, leaving a 6" [15 cm] tail.

  7. Graft Toe
    Thread yarn needle with 6" [15 cm] tail. Hold the 2 needles in the left hand with wrong sides together. Keeping the yarn needle and yarn under the points of the knitting needles, graft the stitches together as follows:
    *1. Insert yarn needle through first st of front needle as if to knit and slip the st off.
    2. Insert needle through 2nd st of front needle as if to purl, but leave the st on the needle.
    3. Insert yarn through first st on back needle as if to purl and slip the st off.
    4. Insert yarn through 2nd stitch on back needle as if to knit, but leave st on needle. Repeat from * until all the sts are joined. Take care to draw yarn up so that gauge of grafting equals gauge of knitting. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

k
knit
k2tog
knit next 2 sts together
p
purl
p2tog
purl next 2 sts together
st(s)
stitch(es)
*
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
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Is there anything sweeter than baby feet? When they are tiny like this they are just so yummy and smell so good. This pattern instruction is for a intermediate knitter. The finished socks are a little on the bulky side so these would be best worn without shoes unless you have a pair of shoes that lean toward the too large side for baby to grow in to.

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