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 Pattern
Two 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

Floral Seperator

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 ♥

Floral Seperator



Download Textured Tootsies PDF Pattern.

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  1. Posted October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Those are too precious! I bet I know whose tootsies will be snuggled inside those socks – so sweet.

    • Mom
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      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. :-)

  2. Laura
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    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
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      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. ♥

      • Laura
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:25 am | Permalink

        Hey “Mom”, I’d love to see your pattern for the ribbed baby socks, if you are willing to share!

        • Mom
          Posted October 15, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

          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!

  3. Laura
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Great, thanks!

  4. Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    These little socks are adorable–just the perfect little baby gift for my daughter-in-laws sister’s newborn!!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Mom
      Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Steph! Hope you enjoy knitting them. :-)

  5. Barbara Bagley
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 10:32 am | Permalink

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

  6. Posted October 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it. I have knit a pair of the adult Skyp socks and found them very addicting.

    • Mom
      Posted October 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      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! ♥

  7. Chrissy
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Would I be allowed to sell these lovely socks, or are they for personal use only?

    • Carli
      Posted November 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chrissy,
      Thanks so much for your interest! Here is a link to our free pattern’s fine print.

      Let us know if you have any questions!

      • Chrissy
        Posted November 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        Thank you so much for a very quick (and favourable) reply.
        I am more than happy to comply with your smallprint.

        • Carli
          Posted November 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

          Absolutely Chrissy! Thanks so much for keeping us on our toes.

          We’d love to see your online store if you feel like sharing the link! We are total etsy-aholics. ;-)

  8. Lane
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted February 11, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      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! :-)

  9. Lane
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    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 :D

  10. Shirley
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    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

    • Carli
      Posted November 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shirley,
      Mom has been away from the computer for a few weeks. She returns this next weekend so hopefully she’ll be able to answer your question then. ;-)

      • Shirley
        Posted November 14, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        Thank you for letting me know.

    • Mom
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 5:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Shirley, that certainly looks like a typo. Without reknitting the socks to be certain, I’d recommend going with the P1, just as you suspected. Thanks for the heads up!

      • Shirley
        Posted November 14, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

        I ended up using the P1. I’ve finished them and I’m waiting for the sun to take a picture.

  11. Erica stone
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 6:37 am | Permalink

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

    • Mom
      Posted July 8, 2013 at 5:03 am | Permalink

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

  12. Irene beaver
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    How do I transfer stitch without working? One stitch or all stitches to what needle? The working needle?

  13. Joan Newton
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    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

    • Mom
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      It’s the same as grafting a toe closed, Joan. Hope that makes sense!

  14. Rhonda Flory
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted November 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      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.

  15. Rhonda Flory
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Thanks, I’ll try that. With the holiday coming up, I’m hoping to have the time to work on the socks!

  16. Katie
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    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

    • Mom
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Katie! Yes, slip purl-wise. :-)

  17. Joan
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    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
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      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!

  18. Joan
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I will give that a try. I’ve pulled

  19. Joan
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    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.

  20. Chrissy
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    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
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      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
        Posted January 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        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
          Posted January 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

          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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