I have been using Clover Chibi Metal Darning Needles for the past five years or more. These Japan-made tools have been valuable in my knitting projects especially in making baby socks!
In the photo above, I am showing the straight darning needles. The curved darning needles (comes in a yellow case) are just as good and are great to use as well.
1. They are inexpensive.
2. The needles last for a long period of time.
3. The darning needles are sturdy and pleasant to use.
4. Clover designed a clear tube so that you can easily see what tools you have.
5. The container is easy to open.
6. The needles are blunt enough that they don’t hurt your hand when binding off socks, hats, fingerless gloves, or any knitting project where you’re sewing seams together as well.
7. The cap is easy to twist off.
8. The design of the darning needle container is knitter-friendly with soft edges and sides so that it doesn’t snag your yarn.
9. The needle set comes in three sizes and widths for various yarn weights and sizes.
Today I decided to see if I had enough energy to film some video clips of a beginner series on knitting baby socks. In conjunction with the book I’m working on, I thought a good first-time project for those who are eager to start right away was the Easy Tube Baby Sock.
This tutorial teaches you how to:
1. Cast on stitches using the long-tail method
2. Divide cast on stitches onto four double-pointed needles (it’s really easy!)
3. How to align your stitches properly to keep them from twisting when “knitting in the round”
4. Make the cuff
5. Knit stockinette stitch using the circular method
6. Decrease stitches
7. Use an easy bind-off method to close the toe of the baby sock
Now I just have to edit the video clips, upload them, and update them here. This is the first time I’m attempting to film myself knitting and it’s a challenge. I am excited to do it at every good opportunity especially before our baby arrives this summer, Lord willing. 🙂
Our family plans on making videos as well of knitting baby socks that include the short row heel (without wraps and turns) using a yarn over method that Priscilla Gibson-Roberts teaches. I also want to show other options of making baby socks for those who are nervous about using double-pointed needles and would like to use single-pointed needles.
That project might come after the tube sock and short-row heel sock. Who knows? I may finish writing the baby sock book first. 🙂
When I first started knitting, it took me a really long time to grasp the importance of different yarn weights. What I was more focused on was the color and the feel of the yarn. :-0
I wanted to know if any type of yarn could be knit up into a baby sock. After knitting a few baby and toddler socks for our children I learned so many things that didn’t make sense before.
Though the picture above doesn’t show it extremely well, the sock yarn on the right is much much thinner, easier to work with, lighter, stretchier, and appropriately called sock yarn. Sock yarn gives you approximately 7.5 inches using 3.5mm needles or less.
You can knit baby and toddler socks using worsted weight yarn but it will be thicker, knit up a little faster, and will require fewer stitches than sock yarn.
I have been having health challenges lately and getting much better though still resting a lot and recovering. I have to sit most of the time as I regain my strength. The Lord is our strength and He is so merciful. Also, we’re excited at the news of another baby on the way. My little baby bump shows above in the photo. 🙂
Yesterday I had some energy to continue working a little on a knitting book we hope to release as soon as possible. In conjunction with the book, we also would like to release videos as well for instant download. Our family continues to pray about all these projects.
In the photo above, I am working on the ribbing (K1P1) for the gray baby sock. I love using double-pointed needles! 🙂
I also love working on knitting sweet baby socks! It also makes this book writing project even more meaningful being pregnant with our sixth blessing. We desire to bless others with this skill so that you too could knit baby or toddler socks for your children with high quality yarns at an affordable price. Our family loves saving money and great bargains, especially for high quality products and items. 🙂
I’m sorry if the photo above is not very clear. I mainly wanted to show a YO pair I was working on. Do you see how there’s a stitch on the left needle and it is joined to the stitch on the right needle? I am working on SSP.
Since I am on the purl side, I slip the stitches knit-wise. This corrects the two stitches that are slipped.
After I took this photo, then I returned the stitches back to the left needle.
In the photo above, I’ve corrected the two stitches that were slipped to the right needle. The two stitches were returned to the left.
Then it was time to place the right needle behind the two stitches and Purl them off. It looks like a funny step. If you keep your stitches close to the tips of the needles (being careful not to drop any too) it makes it easy to Purl the stitches off.
Do you see the drawings and sketches on the paper in the background? Our family is so excited about our book projects, especially this one! This knitting book is geared towards beginners in a step-by-step method. I don’t want to just leave you with a pattern. I want to be able to teach you without having to be beside you. We want to teach you a valuable skill and are passionate about educating!
You just need a few items to get started. It may sound like a lot but really it’s not much.
First, you need a pair of knitting needles and a ball of yarn. You will also need a pair of scissors and a darning needle.
If you don’t have a darning needle to begin with, it’s okay. You can eventually get one since you’ll need it for the end of your baby sock project.
What type of needles do you need in order to make a little sock?
While it doesn’t seem like a standard way to make socks, single-pointed knitted needles can be used. I prefer using bamboo or wooden double-pointed needles because I like the flexibility of getting accustomed to those. Then you also have the option of using circular knitting needles, which are needles that are joined together by a flexible cord.
I have found that anywhere between a 4.0 mm to 2.75 mm double-pointed knitting needles make anywhere from a decent thick baby sock to finer “shoe sock” ones.
I believe your motivation and enthusiastic drive to want to learn how to knit a pair of baby socks is key to your success. It’s one of the keys to do almost anything in life.
Having that drive has helped me to be self-motivated and able to accomplish much. It has helped me to knit a few cozy pairs of socks for my precious children (baby and toddlers) and for baby shower gifts.
Happy to Share
Knitting baby socks still doesn’t come easy to me but I am happy to share with others how this beginner knitter was able to do that. I think it’s a wonderful skill to learn. I believe it’s an especially helpful survival skill to learn if you are in you are or will be in your child bearing years and live in a cold region.
Different Methods for Different Beginners
I want to try to develop different ways that make it easy for just about anybody to learn how to knit baby socks. There will be beginners who have no knitting knowledge. That’s good! There will be some people who are experienced in knitting but not in baby sock construction. That’s wonderful too!
Note: If you missed the first part of this post, click here.
I knit this baby sock from the top down using the short row method for the heel and toe as taught by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.
I love using wooden double-pointed needles especially for baby socks. The needles I used were 2.5 mm bamboo ones.
The yarn is a variegated wool and nylon blend sock yarn from Berroco Sox™.
Starting the Top Down Baby Sock
I casted on 24 stitches loosely since these were going to help my sock ribbing to be as elastic as possible.
I casted all of my stitches onto one needle and then dispersed my stitches onto 4 needles and knit with a 5th one.
I used a rib pattern of knit 3 purl 1 for the cuff of the sock. The cuff was about 4 rows thick.
This is the first baby sock that I’ve made that had no holes in the gusset! When I completed that first beautiful short row heel it was such an accomplishment. I used Priscilla Gibson-Robert’s instructions from her Dream Socks Pattern and used her book Simple Socks: Plain and Fancy as an extra guide.
This was made using the simple stockinette stitch.
I knit in this manner until the foot was around 2 inches long from the back of the heel.
I worked on this short row toe just the same way I knit the heel with Priscilla’s no-hole and no-wrap-and-turn-method.
For grafting (closing off) the toe I used Priscilla’s invisible bind-off method illustrated in the same book as well. It reminds me a lot of the Kitchener stitch and could possibly be the same thing but at this point I am not able to recall. I used a metal darning needle from a Chibi needle set I own.
In this photo I’ve completed knitting the toe of the baby sock and am going to shift my stitches from 4 needles down to 2 needles in order to graft them.
I am binding off the short row tow using the invisible bind off method.
This is Priscilla Gibson Robert’s book Simple Socks: Plain and Fancy. I believe I bought it used from Amazon.com.
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