Textured Tootsies

I can’t think of a more satisfying project than making teeny little baby socks from sock yarn leftovers. Extraordinarily useful and oh, so cute! The smallest size is a scant 3″ long and will fit baby from the very start. A perfect little touch of luxury for the new arrival.

I created this pattern based upon one of my favorite sock patterns :Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku.

Free Baby Socks Knitting PatternTwo different sized socks are possible by changing yarn weight and needle size. The pattern instructions proceed from the cuff down with double pointed needles. The ribbing on these socks is quite stretchy so it’ll fit a range of sizes and won’t kick off easily.

Newborn size: Fingering Yarn; 2.5 mm dpn’s
3-6 months: Sport Yarn; 2.75 mm dpn’s

SKYP – slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, yarn over, pass slipped stitch over both loops on needle

cast on 36, arrange stitches so 12 stitches are on each of 3 double pointed needles and join in the round

Rows 1 – 6: (P2, K2) around for 6 rows
Row 7: (K4, P2) around
Row 8: (k1, SKYP, k1, P2) around
Row 9: (K4, P2) around
Repeat rows 8 and 9 six times. On last row, follow pattern to last stitch, then transfer stitch to next needle without working

Make Heel Flap by knitting the following stitches onto one needle:
RS: P1, (k1, SKYP, k1, P2) twice, k1, SKYP, k1 P1; turn.
WS: K1, p4, (K2, P4) twice, K1
Repeat the above 2 rows 7 more times.

Free Pattern for Textured Baby SocksTurn Heel:
K10, ssk, k1, turn
Slip 1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn
Slip 1, k4, ssk, K1, turn
Slip 1, P5, p2tog, p1, turn
Slip 1, k6, ssk, k1, turn
Slip 1, P7, p2tog, k1, turn
Slip 1, K8, ssk, turn
Slip 1, P8, p2tog, turn

Knit across heel and pick up and knit 9 stitches along gusset, work across instep stitches in pattern and pick up and knit 9 stitches along other side of gusset
knit 5 heel stitches
Arrange stitches so 18 instep stitches are on 1 needle, beginning and ending with 1 purl stitch, and the other foot stitches are evenly separated onto 2 needles. (Needle 1 begins with the second 5 heel stitches, then 9 picked up stitches along gusset, Needle 2 contains instep stitches that begin and end with 1 purl stitch, and Needle 3 contains 9 picked up stitches along gusset and first 5 heel stitches.)

Decrease Gusset:
Rnd 1: Needle 1: k to last 3 stitches. k2tog, p1, Needle 2: work across instep stitches in pattern, Needle 3: P1, ssk, k to end of round.
Rnd 2: Needle 1: K to last stitch, P1, Needle 2: work across instep in pattern Needle 3: P1, k to end of row.
Repeat these 2 rows until 9 stitches are left on needles 1 and 3, then k in pattern around until foot is about 2 1/2″ to 2 3/4″, depending on desired length. (2 1/2″ for Newborn size, 2 3/4″ for 3 to 6 mo size)

Decrease for toe:
Row 1: knit around
Row 2: Needle 1: K to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1 Needle 2: K1, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1 Needle 3: k1, ssk, k to end of round
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 4 stitches on Needles 1 and 3 and 8 stitches on Needle 2.
Arrange stitches so 8 foot stitches are on one needle and 8 instep stitches are on another.

Free Knit Sock Patterns for NewbornsKitchener toe.

Pull on some sweet little tootsies and admire the extreme cuteness ♥

Download Textured Tootsies PDF Pattern.

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    • Mom says

      You’d be so right Amy! Most of my crafting tends to center around my Grandkids. When I was a Mom, I didn’t have time to make really special items for my infants. It’s one of the privileges of Grandmahood. :-)

  1. Laura says

    Anyone know if these stay on well? I remember my babies always kicked off their socks, but it would depend on the top ribbing I think.

    • Mom says

      Hi Laura! I haven’t tested these on a baby yet, since the little one I designed them for isn’t due until December, but I knit similar socks with ribbing all along the sock, like these, and they stayed on my first Grandson famously, so I’m pretty confident they’ll stay on at least as well. If you happen to make a pair, I’d love feedback on that. ♥

        • Mom says

          Oh, it wasn’t my pattern, Laura. It was Baby Socks by Bianca Boonstra. Like the Textured Tootsies, they’re ribbed all down the cuff and all down the top of the foot, so they hugged the foot well and didn’t kick off. I’m always willing to share! :-) It’s what makes our crafty world so fun!

  2. Barbara Bagley says

    Good job, Julie!! Love those little socks. I am amazed how you transfer
    stitches around to make up your own pattern.

    • Mom says

      Awww, thanks for saying so, Kristie! I love the adult Skyp socks too. They just fit so great with the cuff to toe ribbing. You’ll find that the math on the ribbing of these is a bit different, but the distinctive Skyp stitch pattern that forms the design within the ribbing is the same and makes for a nice unisex design. Hope you enjoy knitting these as well! ♥

  3. Lane says

    Thanks for sharing this adorable pattern! I started knitting these but have gotten stuck –
    I finished making the heel flap by repeating the RS and WS rows 7 times, but am not sure about where / how to turn the heel now? (there are 18 sts on my heel flap needle, 6 on the next needle and 12 on the last, but the pattern says to now K10, ssk, k1, turn, etc)
    These are my first knit socks so I’m still figuring out how the different parts are knit up together-sorry if this is an silly question!

    • Mom says

      Hi Lane,
      Not a silly question at all. After you’ve made the heel flap, you should have all those heel flap stitches on one needle. You’re going to turn the heel on your heel flap stitches by working “short rows”. That means you’ll knit partway across the row and will turn when it tells you, even though you haven’t reached the end of the row. Doing this creates a bend in the sock, making a heel. Following the pattern will get you there, but if you want to understand what you’re doing, you could go to knitting help.com or google “turning a heel” to get a visual of what happens. How exciting that you’re making your first socks! My first were a baby pair too! :-)

  4. Lane says

    Ohhh ok, I get it now! I’m definitely excited to be making these, they’re so cute and functional, and come together so fast -thanks alot for your help 😀

  5. Shirley says

    I just started to write down the pattern as I don’t have a printer. On the heel turn it says “Slip 1, P7, p2tog, k1, turn”. This ends with a K1 but the other purl rows end with a P1. Which should it be? Thank you

  6. Erica stone says

    I don’t see the gauge used for this project. I would like to try converting it for a loom.

    • Mom says

      I’d say 7-8 stitches per inch on the fingering socks and 5 stitches per inch on the dk/sport weight ones, Erica.

  7. Joan Newton says

    What’s a Kitchener Toe please? The pattern stops with “8 foot stitches are on one needle and 8 instep stitches are on another” and I don’t know what to do next. I’m in the UK so we obviously use a different term over here, but I’d like to make sure as I haven’t knitted baby clothes in 30 years. Thanks

  8. Rhonda Flory says

    I’m having a problem with turning the heel. Everything went fine up to that point. (I’ve made socks before so I’m not a newbie to them…)

    I have 18 stitches on one needle – tried turning the heel based on the directions, but after the first two lines realized I would be running out of stitches for the lines after that.

    This is how I read/knit the first two lines:

    Line 1 – I knit 10, then slipped 2 stitches knit 1, knit 1 then turned.

    Line 2 – Slipped 1, pearled 3, pearled 2 together, pearled 1, turned

    Line 3 – is where I ran into trouble. I realized things weren’t going to work out.

    SSK – Am I reading that correctly? Slip, slip, knit?

    Hope you’ll be able to help me out. I’d really like to finish these!

    • Mom says

      Hi Rhonda,
      The SSK stitch involves slipping two stitches knitwise one at a time, then knitting those two stitches together. Try starting your heel over, doing the SSK stitch in that way. That should solve the stitch count problem you’re having.

  9. Katie says

    Cutest socks and thank you for pattern. Could you just tell me, whenever you slip a stitch you are doing this purlwise? Since pattern doesn’t specify this, I figure that’s what I’m suppose to do. Thanks

  10. Joan says

    I adore the look of these socks and have started knitting them. I am having trouble with keeping the continuity of the pattern for the instep stitches after I’ve turned the heel. Where it says to work across the instep stitches in pattern – I use the RS row for making the heel flap but it’s not working out. I’d appreciate your help. Thanks so much.

    • Mom says

      Hi Joan, When it says to work across the instep stitches in pattern, it simply means to knit the next row of the pattern that you left off on when you stopped working in the round and began the heel flap. If you ended on row 9, that means that you’ll begin the pattern on row 8. If that isn’t working out, perhaps you ended on row 8, so try starting with row 9 for those instep stitches. Hope that helps!

  11. Joan says

    I will give that a try. I’ve pulled back a few times, so I think I will start over from the cuff. I will let you know how it works out.
    Thanks again.

  12. Chrissy says

    Hi ladies, I hope to make some of your cute socks to raise money for the Air Ambulance. They will be listed soon on ebay and Knitting Paradise.

    • Joan says

      Hi again
      I have started the heel flap but on the last row 9 before the heel flap it says to not work the last stitch but move it to the next needle which is the heel flap needle. This leaves 7 sts on one needle and 11 on the instep needle and 18 on the heel flap. Should I not move that stitch?

      • Joan says

        Please ignore my last post. I just figured it out. I will put the 7 plus 11 stitches onto one needle for the instep. Why did it take me so long for that to sink in??
        Continuing on with this beautiful sock for my grandchild who should arrive soon.

        • Mom says

          So glad it’s making sense now, Joan. Believe me, I totally understand how sometimes instructions take awhile to sink in. I just pulled out 10 rows of 270 stitches on a scarf for that very reason. :-) Congratulations on the new Grandbaby!


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