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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.
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