How I Learned to Knit a Baby Sock with Short Row Toes and Heels Using Priscilla Gibson-Robert’s Method on Double-Pointed Needles

Note: I first posted this in August 2010 on my personal website. I had been wanting to start a separate sock knitting website dedicated to the art of knitting baby socks.

Two Year Sock-Making Journey

I have been trying to master the art of knitting baby socks for the last couple of years.

I first started using a wrap and turn method and working from the top down.  I tried different variations of guessing my way around using the toe up sock method too.

The free pattern below is what I made for a sock that looks like it would make a sweet addition to your newborn baby clothing (possibly premature babies as well).

Helpful Materials and People

I came across Priscilla Gibson Robert’s free pattern from  Interweave Knits at this website address:  dlainjackson.pbworks.com/f/pgrdreamsocks.pdf

I am so thankful for all the help I’ve had on this journey.  I have been dissecting and observing many different sock knitting methods online, knitting books I’ve bought, and one-on-one help from a talented knitter and local knitting store owner named Amy from King’s Sewing and Knitting Center in Pensacola, Florida.  Thank you for your love of teaching the art of knitting and your patience Amy!

Another Basic Sock Pattern Concept

If you are searching for a free sock knitting pattern that is pretty basic and good to use to practice learning how to knit a baby (possibly preemie too) sock with no holes in the gusset, please feel free to use the following easy sock pattern I created.

The Basic Pattern for Knitting This Newborn (Possibly Premature) Baby Sock

Total Stitches:  24 stitches

Top/  Cuff:  4 rows of Knit 3 Purl 1

Gauge:  I am not putting one up right now on purpose.  I used a variegated wool and nylon blend sock yarn from Berroco Sox™.

Leg:  Stockinette stitch

Heel:  Short row heel using Priscilla Gibson-Robert’s method from Simple Socks:  Plain and Fancy

Foot:  Stockinette stitch

Toe:  Short row heel using Priscilla Gibson-Robert’s method from Simple Socks: Plain And Fancy


Go here for additional photos and information at More Detailed Knitting Information for Making This Baby Sock

Franicia lettering with colored pencils

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