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Knit Baby Socks Tutorial: A Precious Pattern for Your Bundle of Joy

I love baby socks. They are the ideal last-minute gifts for knitters in a need of a baby gift for a number of reasons. Knitting baby socks is quick, and is a great way to use up sock yarn remnants, which most knitters have laying around. Also, they are sure to come in handy, since babies need to keep those itty bitty feet warm. And they are oh-so terribly cute.

They are also a great way to practice sock construction for those just learning how to knit socks, so they're an easy project to start with.

I have for you here my basic baby sock pattern. It's the one I used to make these tiny gems for my brand new niece born this February.

For these socks, I used just about 50 yards of fingering weight yarn. The great part about using leftovers is that you can measure the gauge of the socks you have already knit.

Little Baby Sock - How to Knit Baby Socks on Craftsy

You will need sock needles for this project. Since my yarn was originally used for adult socks, I used the same needles: US 1.5 40" circular needles. I like to magic loop my socks, and think that especially for something this small, it's easier to work than DPNs, but use whichever method you prefer for knitting in the round. You'll also need a stitch marker and a darning needle.

The finished sock will stretch to about 4" in circumference and is made for a 3" foot. I would say these are sized for newborn to 3 months.


Gauge: 8 stitches = 1"

Cast on 32 sts, pm and join to knit in the round.

Work 2x2 ribbing around leg for 24 rounds.

Work a short row heel over the next 16 sts.

Working over all sts, continue to work in stockinette stitch until the foot measures about 2 1/4".

*K1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row - 28 sts
K one round.

*K1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row - 24 sts
K one round.

*K1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row - 20 sts
K one round.

*K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row - 16 sts

You will now work the toe decrease as established until only 8 stitches remain.

Leave a long tail and break yarn. Graft toe stitches together using Kitchener stitch.


A few notes:

  • I prefer to work a short row heel on all socks that I make, both adult and baby. See this simple version of the short row heel that can be worked either from the toe up or cuff down. Of course, you can work whatever heel you prefer. If you'd rather not make a heel, then don't! Babies won't complain that the heel on their socks doesn't fit. I'd make sure to knit the leg of the sock a bit longer though.
  • I found that the baby toe will measure a little less than 3/4". If you want to make a longer foot, knit the foot of the sock until it is 3/4" less than you desire.
  • While you can modify your socks however you'd like, I suggest making sure to add at least some ribbing to the socks. Baby legs can be skinny, and they will stay on a bit better with this.

If you're new to grafting live stitches, try enrolling in the FREE Craftsy class, Ins & Outs of Grafting with Anne Hanson. And when you're ready to move past this basic sock, here's an adorable lace version: Lace Chain Baby Socks.

You may also enjoy the post we featured yesterday on Quick Knitting Projects for Busy Knitters.

When I gifted these to my sister-in-law, I included an outfit with coordinating colors and a matching hat. What other items would be fun to include with knitted baby socks?



Love the simple solid color socks.


Love them!! They look like a nice and quick project since they are so small. I’ll have to do these in pink for my new niece!! As always thanks for the great pattern!!!

Connie Newbold

This seems like a great way to use those partial leftover skeins. Just a couple of technical questions about the pattern. Your instructions say after working the heel to continue working in stockinette stitch, yet in the photo it appears that you continued working the k2p2 pattern on the top half of the foot. Also, the toe in the photo appears to be two double decreases every other row, rather than two single decreases every other row. I really like the proportions of the sock in the photo, just hope to re-create it as close as possible.


You’re right Connie, I did maintain the ribbing on the instep but the decreases in the toe are as written. ๐Ÿ™‚

Connie Newbold

Oh yeah, I can see that now. Thanks for the clarification.


I love the booties but can anyone share what pattern the white throw they are laying on is? I love that Thanks!


The white throw is actually a ceramic platter I bought at Target this winter!

Pamela Lewis

Yay, I am so excited for this pattern, I’m getting a new grandson in December, I hope to make a few pairs, before he arrives


Curious how many stitches you went down to for the short row heel (how many unworked in center before increasing back up). Mine looked too pointy so I just did a regular heel flap, but I’d like to try again with the short-row.
Thanks for the tute! Such a cute way to use up my sock scraps.

Gayle Corona

I am new to making socks, but I’m really looking forward to making more intricate patterns.


Thank you Andrea for this lovely pattern. but i hv problem on short rows too. how many rows and how many stitches shld i do for that? appreciate experienced knitters’ advice too.
if to increase the size for bigger baby, can just increase the rows at the foot?

thank you.


Would love to make these for my 5 month old. Any ideas how to increase the size for larger infants? Long socks are so difficult to find.

Laurie L

Andrea… SO CUTE! Please… on the heel.. short rows.. is it just 1 set (there and back)? I am working on the first sock.. and gave it just one set.. and it is not looking like much of a heel at all…. I know babies have pretty undeveloped heels.. so it is probably fine.. but does your sample have only 1 set?
Thanks so much for posting this, and the idea to make a matching outfit… ohhhh.. Grandbaby Boy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Inge Wilson

I am new to knitting for babies but I know I will enjoy it.


In the beginning of pattern it says to cast on 32 pm and join. What does pm mean?


PM means Place Marker (stitch marker)


I am experienced knitting socks, but I find the pattern insufficient when it comes to the short heel. Could you provide additional instructions. Also, how may I enlarge the size for 6 to 9 months, besides using larger kneedles. I would assume additional cast on sts. Thank you


Hello! Thanks for the pattern! However, the pattern doesn’t say how many short rows to insert!

robyn b

The short row heel instructions are totally insufficient. Following the link does not take you to instructions for completing the sock only for understanding how short rows are formed. Please revise to include the instructions.


I am wondering why you havnt written out the full pattern? Why does it just say do short rows over the next 16 sts?? Please could you put the full pattern up.


I love ways to use leftover sock yarn. I really like your instructions because I prefer toe uo and I am able to adapt this to a toe up pattern! Thanks a bunch!


para mi es siempre muy dificil porque hablo solo espanol y italiano. Gracias


Please,please,please! I’m not the only one who is struggling with the heal. Could you please provide at least how many rows you used for the short rows? It’s such a cute pattern, I don’t want to give up on it and i really like the short row technique.


the first time I knit the heel, I decreased down to 4 active stitches and it was too pointy. I unknit back to 6 active stiches, and it looks pretty decent. Hopefully this helps, for those of you who are struggling.


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