5 hand knitted baby socks knitting patterns I am including in this collection because they have longer cuffs that babies cannot kick off.
Loose socks or baby booties tend to come off when babies kick their legs around. I looked around to find knitting patterns of hand knitted baby socks that are kick-proof.
1. Happy Toes Baby Socks
Happy Toes socks are designed to stay put. It is knitted from the ribbed cuff to the toe.
The pattern includes information about the gauge and accessories you will need. It is divided clearly into several sections focusing on each part of the construction: Cuff, Leg, Heel, Heel Flap, Gusset, Foot, and Toe.
The hole in the toe is closed or grafted together using the Kitchener graft stitch. This technique is not very well written here. If you are new to this technique, I highly recommend learning it from TECHknitter at http://techknitting.blogspot.sg/2007/05/easier-way-to-kitchener-stitch-also.html.
The yarn used in this pattern is Red Heart Baby Econo. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued by Red Heart. For suggested substitutes, look for worsted weight, 3 or more ply, 100% acrylic yarn. I think the following is a possibility.
This hand knitted baby socks pattern is available at http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/happy-toes-baby-socks
2. Just Your Basic Newborn Baby Socks
Designed by Patti Pierce Stone. The pattern is free but it is for charity or personal use only. Neither the pattern nor the socks made from it, are to be sold. Sizes from preemies to toddlers. The instructions include both toe-up and top-down.
Toe-up instructions include sections on the short row heel, heel turning, leg, and finishing for the cuff. Cuff down instructions include sections on dividing instep and heel, heel flap, gusset, gusset decrease, foot shaping, and closing.
You will use some short rows and also the Kitchener grafting.
This pdf pattern is available at http://www.p2designs.com/pdfs/BasicBabySox.pdf
3. Little Baby Knee Socks
Designed by Ramona of SweaterGirls Knit. It features a long cuff that reaches and covers the knees.
The knee “caps” are accentuated by garter stitch which is also thicker and great for babies learning to crawl. The back of the leg is made up of stretchy ribbing.
This sock is knitted from the knee down and the toes are closed using Kitchener grafting.
The free pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-baby-knee-socks
4. Tuula Maaria’s Baby Socks that Stay On
As mentioned, many baby socks tend to come off. A longer leg may help but can sometimes ride down and bunch up at the ankle.
This pattern has a structure that allows them to stay on tightly. It consists of alternating bands of 2×2 ribbing, purling, stockinette stitches. This sock is knitted in the round.
The knitting video below shows the step-by-step instructions with sizes for newborn to 3 months.
5. Scrunchy Booties
These scrunchy booties look more like socks with leg warmers. They are knitted from the toe up using a short row heel. If you don’t know how to knit short rows, this is the ideal project to learn. The project is small enough not to take too much time to see the effect of the short rows.
I wish this was the project I learned how to create a scrunchy look just by using alternate rows of knitting and purling. It is really quite cool.
Get the pattern at: Scrunchy Booties