I am posting my personal Baby Sock Pattern that I have used for my grandchildren's socks over the last 12 years. It is a newborn size pattern. It is a FREE pattern to everyone. Please respect the copyright. This pattern is not be be sold for profit.
Baby Sock Jar
We also used this pattern for iPurl's charity knitting for socks for the newborn babies in the NICU at Texas Childrens Hospital. Above is a photo of the Baby Sock Jar. Each little ball of yarn made a pair of socks like the one on the front of the jar. Knitters could take a few balls if they would bring back knitted socks. It was one of our most loved charity knits! This charity knit came about thanks to Holly Sanchez who works at Texas Children's Hospital in one of the NICUs.
You can use a similar jar to store your leftover sock yarns and use them to knit baby socks!
NOTE - if you change the weight of yarn or needle size, the size of your sock may be different.
iPURL Baby Sock Pattern
Yarn - any sock weight yarn
12 grams for socks with a 1 inch cuff
16 grams for socks with a 2 inch cuff
Needles - US size 1 - 6 inch double points
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
CO 40 stitches, having 10 stitches on each of 4 needles. Being careful not to twist, join for knitting in the round.
Knit 1 inch of K2P2 ribbing for leg of sock. (knit 2 inches of ribbing if you wish to cuff/fold down the leg of the sock)
Knit 4 rounds of stockinette.
HEEL FLAP -
The heel flap is worked back and forth over 1/2 of the total sock stitches - 20 stitches.
Using needle 4, knit the 10 stitches from needle 1. You now have 20 stitches on needle 4. Turn, as you will be knitting back and forth for the heel flap.
Row 1 - slip first stitch purlwise, purl across
Row 2 - slip first stitch knitwise, knit across
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for a total of 16 rounds.
You should end with a knitted row.
TURN HEEL -
Row 1 - slip first stitch as if to purl, P12, P2tog, turn
Row 2 - slip first stitch as if to knit, K6, SSK, turn
Row 3 - Slip first stitch, as if to purl, P6, P2tog, turn
Continue Rows 2 and 3 until all stitches have been work and there are 8 stitches remaining. You should end with a knitted row. (this puts your needle in the right position to pick up gusset stitches)
Pick up stitches along each side of the heel flap - picking up 1 stitch in each slipped stitch. There should be 8 picked up stitches. (one side will probably have 1 or 2 stitches more than the other side)
Knit 1 round - knitting into the back loop of the gusset stitches you just picked up. This twists those gusset stitches making for a tighter, neater gusset area. (knit the other stitches as usual)
At the end of the round, knit 4 of the turned heel stitches onto needle 4 and transfer the remaining 4 stitches onto needle 1. Your stitches are now arranged on the needles as they were when you began.
DECREASE GUSSETS -
Round 1 - knit to the last 2 stitches on needle 1, K2tog.
Knit across needles 2 and 3.
At the beginning of needle 3, SSK, knit to end of round.
Round 2 - Knit around with no decreases.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you are back to the original count of 40 stitches - 10 stitches on each needle.
FOOT - the foot of the sock is knit every round. Knit foot 3.5 inches long. Measure from the back of the turned heel forward to the toe. A newborn baby’s foot is approximately 3.5 inches long. You can make the foot longer if needed.
Begin decreasing for toe -
K2, K2tog, around.
K1, K2tog, around
Knit 1 round
K2tog around. - 10 stitches remaining.
Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. Using a yarn/tapestry needle, pull thru remaining stitches and draw up toe. Weave in ends. I recommend washing socks before gifting them to baby.
This baby sock pattern is copyright 2005 iPurl/Debbie Haymark
(I would love to put the PDF here for everyone to download, but the blog won't do that trick at this time)