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How to Knit Baby Socks.
Baby socks are faster to knit than adult size socks because baby socks are so small.
Still, knitting socks is an advanced knitting project, so it is best to develop your knitting skills to an intermediate level before attempting to make them.
Try making a pair of baby socks as a satisfying way to learn how to knit socks, or as a way to create a unique gift for your baby or someone else’s baby.
Knitting the Top of the Sock
Cast on 44 or 48 stitches.
The number of stitches you cast on will depend on the size you want your baby socks to be.
The number of stitches and their sizes include:
44 stitches for socks that will fit a baby up to 3 months old
48 stitches for socks that will fit a baby up to 18 months old
Divide the stitches evenly among 3 needles.
After you have finished casting on, divide the stitches so that you have about the same amount on each of your needles.
For example, you could divide the stitches so that you have 15 stitches on 2 of your needles and 14 stitches on one of your needles.
Knit the first 2 stitches.
The cuff of the sock is going to be a rib knit pattern.
This will help to ensure a good fit and it will also give the sock a nice design.
Knit the first 2 stitches to begin the ribbed pattern.
The knit stitches will form the ridges of the ribbed pattern.
Purl the next 2 stitches
To continue the ribbed stitch, purl the next two stitches.
The purled stitches will form the recessed part of the ribbed pattern.
Continue to alternate between knitting 2 stitches and purling 2 stitches.
The rib stitch pattern consists of alternating knit and purl stitches.
Continue to knit 2 and purl 2 all the way around the round.
Repeat the round until your sock cuff is about 7 centimetres (2.8 in) long.
Keep working in the rib stitch until your sock cuff measures 7 centimetres (2.8 in) long.
Working the Heel
Place half of the stitches onto 1 needle and divide the rest evenly between 2 needles.
Your heel will be about as wide as the front part of your sock, so you will need to redistribute your stitches slightly at this point.
For example, if you are working with 44 stitches, then you should have 22 stitches on 1 needle, and 11 on each of the other 2 needles.
The 22 stitches will be for your sock’s heel and the rest will make up the front of your sock.
If you are working with 48 stitches, then you should have 24 stitches on 1 needle, and 12 on each of the other 2 needles.
The 24 stitches will be for your sock’s heel and the rest will make up the front of your sock.
Work the heel stitches back and forth.
For the next several rows, you will only be working the heel stitches.
Switch to a stockinette stitch for this part of the sock.
To do the stockinette stitch, knit the first row and follow this up with a purl row.
Continue to alternate between kitting a row and purling a row.
Knit and purl the heel stitches until the heel measures 3 centimetres (1.2 in).
Your sock’s heel will need to be 3 centimetres (1.2 in) to ensure there is enough room for the baby’s heel to fit into it.
Continue to work the stockinette stitch across your heel stitches until you reach this measurement.
Working the Heel Decreases
Knit until there are 6 stitches left.
When your heel is the desired length, you will need to begin decreasing the width of the heel.
Start by knitting across the row until there are only 6 stitches left on the needle.
Slip 1 stitch to the other needle. Slip the first of these 6 stitches over to the other needle without knitting it.
Knit 1 stitch. Next, knit the next stitch that is left on your needle.
This will be the stitch right next to the stitch you just slipped off the needle.
Loop the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.
Then, take the stitch that you slipped off the needle and loop it over the stitch that you just knit.
This will decrease the total number of stitches on the needle.
Turn and repeat the process with purl stitches.
At this point you should have 4 stitches remaining on your left hand needle.
Do not do anything with these stitches.
Instead, turn your work around and begin purling across the row.
Purl until there are 6 stitches left, and then repeat the process you just completed by slipping off a stitch, purling a stitch, and looping the slipped stitch over the purled stitch.
This completes your first round of decreases.
Keep working decreases until you only have 8 stitches left.
Continue to work rounds of knit and purl decreases in sequence until you only have a total of 8 stitches left.
Make sure that you end on a purl row.
Finishing the Heel
Knit the first row of the heel stitches.
After you finish your last round of purl decreases, knit 1 row of your heel stitches.
Pick up 8 stitches along the side of the heel.
You should now have the working yarn at the edge of your heel stitches.
Use the working yarn to pick up 8 stitches along the side of the heel portion you have just finished.
To pick up a stitch, insert the needle through one of the edge stitches, then yarn over and pull through the stitch.
Repeat this until you have picked up 8 stitches.
Knit across the next 2 needles.
When you reach the bottom of your heel portion, knit across the next two needles of stitches.
These are the stitches that you set aside before working on the heel.
These will make up the top portion of the sock.
Pick up 8 stitches along the other edge of the heel.
When you finish knitting across both needles, you should be at the other edge of your heel.
Pick up 8 more stitches working up towards the top of the heel section on this side.
Knit a few of the heel stitches.
To even out the distribution of your stitches, knit a few stitches onto the needles you just used to pick up stitches.
Knit as many stitches as needed to ensure that you have an even number of stitches on both needles and then pick up an extra needle to continue working.
Knit until only 2 heel stitches are left on the needle and knit 2 together.
Next, you will be decreasing the area around your sock heel.
Knit across the needle until you only have 2 stitches left on it, and then knit 2 stitches together.
To knit 2 stitches together, insert the needle through 2 stitches and then yarn over and pull through both stitches.
Let the old stitches slip off as the new stitch replaces them.
Work across the next 2 needles in the knit stitch.
Knit as usual across the next 2 needles.
Do not work any decreases.
Knit 2 together to start the heel stitches and knit to the end.
When you reach the needle with the heel stitches on it, knit 2 stitches together to begin the row.
Then, keep knitting all the way to the end of the row.
Decrease every other round until you have 40 stitches.
Repeat this sequence of decreases until you have 40 stitches in total divided among all 3 needles.