Does Yarn Weight Really Matter?

Picture comparison of knitting socks using different yarn weights
Camera phone photo comparison of knitting with two different yarn weights with sock yarn on the right

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.


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More Detailed Knitting Information for Making This Baby Sock

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.

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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

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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).

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I came across Priscilla Gibson Robert’s free pattern from  Interweave Knits at this website address:

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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