Soon a little person will see the light of day and you want to give a gift to your mother? Maybe you want to knit your own baby, but can’t find the right size for such small feet? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this manual you will find a size chart for baby socks up to an age of 1.5 years.
In many instructions you will find the tip to knit a little bigger. Especially with newborns you don’t know exactly how big they will be. But so it is the fate of many little babies to swim in their clothes at first. In the wise foresight that they will grow into it, most of it was bought bigger rather than smaller. A matching pair of baby socks is therefore an extraordinary gift for the offspring. Don’t be afraid to start with the smallest size. If it doesn’t fit at all, the baby socks can be separated again and again and processed into larger socks.
Material and preparation
4-thread sock wool: depending on size 15 g to 50 g (100 g/ 420 m)
Needle gauge size 2,5
You can knit lots of baby socks from a ball of sock wool. Since it is so wonderfully fast, it is quite feasible to make a whole range of baby socks in different sizes. Alternatively, the expectant mother could get a pair of the same wool herself.
Previous knowledge for baby socks:
Circular knitting with needle play
Here you will find the procedure described for the smallest size of baby socks. Thanks to a simple boomerang heel, these instructions are easy to follow, even for inexperienced knitters.
For the cuff, punch 28 stitches with 2 needles. Close the stitches to form a round. If you work with short knitting needles, four of them in a round will not cause you any trouble. With normal long needles, you can only work on three needles up to the heel. A division of the stitches from 10-10-8 is recommended.
You work in the same pattern over the entire cuff of your baby socks: one right stitch, one left stitch. You can find the right cuff height in the size table. We have chosen a folded cuff and knitted it 4 cm lon
Only knit the shaft of the baby socks with right stitches. When the specified height is reached, continue with the heel.
As heel we knit the so-called boomerang heel. It is very easy to knit. If you have knitted with 3 needles so far, first distribute all stitches evenly over four needles. The needles are numbered one after the other. This means that the needle at the beginning of the round is needle number 1 and the last needle in round number 4. You work the heel over these two needles. At the smallest size for baby socks you have a total of 14 stitches on the two needles.
Knit right stitches to the end of the 1st needle. Turn the work over. Place the thread in front of the stitches and lift off the last knitted stitch on the left. Pull the thread tight so that there is no hole. Now knit back all the remaining stitches on the left over the 1st and 4th needles.
Turn the work around again and lift off the first stitch on the left again. If you tighten the thread, you have 2 threads on the needle at the place of the first stitch. Now knit all the stitches on the right, except for the last stitch, which you only took off on the left before. This is no longer knitted. Instead, turn the work around again. Lift off the first stitch on the left and tighten the thread before knitting the following stitches on the left.
The stitches to be knitted are thus reduced by one stitch in each back and forth row. In the size table you can see the division “5-4-5” for the smallest size at the heel. This means that there must be 5 double stitches on each needle and 4 normal stitches in the middle. When you have reached this point, knit 2 rounds over all 28 stitches. The double stitches taken off on the left are knitted off on the right like normal stitches. You only have to take care to pass the thread through both threads.
Finish the 2nd round as usual at the end of needle number 4. Continue knitting 3 stitches and turn the work around. Lift off the last knitted stitch with the thread on the left before the work. Knit 5 stitches on the left and turn back the work. The first stitch on the left is also lifted here. Now knit back to the raised stitch. This is also knitted on the right. Then knit another stitch on the right, which is now lifted off in the back row on the left. In this way you work your way row by row one stitch further out.
The heel is ready when the first stitch on the fourth needle on the left has been lifted off. Turn the sock one last time to the usual working side for rounding and continue knitting in rounds over all stitches. In the first round the last stitch of the 1st needle and the first stitch of the 4th needle appear as double stitches. They are knitted as usual on the right.
The footrest is knitted like the shaft in rounds with right stitches. If you have only worked with 3 needles in one round before the heel, you can now do so again. If the footrest has just reached the specified length under “footrest with heel”, continue with the toe.
For a nice round finish of our baby socks we knit a band lace. Distribute the stitches evenly over 4 needles. The arrangement must be identical to the distribution during the heel. In the dicing rounds 4 stitches are diminished in each case. To do this, lift off the penultimate stitch on each of the 1st and 3rd needles, knit the last stitch on the right and lift the penultimate stitch over the last. At the beginning of the 2nd and 4th needle, knit a single stitch on the right and then knit the following two stitches together on the right.
In the beginning, there is only a second round. Afterwards you lose weight in each round according to the scheme given. You can read how often you lose weight in every 2nd and then in every round in the bottom two lines of the size table. At the end there should be 2 stitches left per needle.
Cut the thread and pull it through all 8 remaining stitches with the wool needle. Now you can remove the needles and tighten the thread. Stitch on the inside of the sock and sew the end of the thread. Your baby sock is now ready.