Pieces of Eight Baby Socks

These baby socks have a ribbed heel that keeps them on baby’s feet. The instructions are based on multiples of 8 so they are easy to remember. This is a revised version of a pattern I posted several years ago.


Yarn: 1 skein [50g; 175 yds] Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino [100% merino wool]
Needles: Set of double-pointed needles (dpns), US #2/2.75mm, or any size that will give you the correct gauge
Gauge: Approx. 7 sts = 1″ in stockinette stitch.
Size: Worked at the suggested gauge, the foot of the finished sock measures approx. 3.5 inches.

Cuff: Loosely CO 32 sts. Divide sts onto 3 dpns. Join into the round without twisting the sts.
Rnds 1-32: K1, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end of rnd, ending with k1.
Note: If you do not want a turn-down cuff, work ribbing for 16 rnds instead of 32 rnds.

Heel Flap:
Place next 16 sts on waste yarn or 2 dpns. These are the instep sts; they begin and end with a knit stitch. Turn sock so wrong side is facing.
Row 1: Sl1, [k2, p2] 3 times, k2, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl1, [p2, k2] 3 times, p2, k1, turn.
Work Rows 1-2, eight times (16 heel flap rows).

Turn Heel:
Row 1: Sl1, p8, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl1, k3, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 3: Sl1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl1, k5, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 5: Sl1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 6: Sl1, k7, ssk, k1, do not turn. (10 heel sts)

Divide sts as follows:
Ndl #1: 5 heel sts
Ndl #2: 16 instep sts
Ndl #3: 5 heel sts

Beg. with Ndl #1, pick up and knit 8 sts along the side of the heel flap plus 1 st to close the gusset; work instep sts in est. rib pattern; with a spare dpn, pick up and knit 1 st to close the gusset and 8 sts along the second side of the heel flap; knit the 5 heel sts from Ndl #3.

Rnd 1:
Ndl #1: Knit until 3 sts remain, k2tog, k1.
Ndl #2: Work sts in est. rib pattern.
Ndl #3: K1, ssk, k the remaining sts.
Rnd 2:
Ndl #1: Knit all sts.
Ndl #2: Work sts in est. rib pattern.
Ndl #3: Knit all sts.

Repeat Rnds 1 & 2 until 32 sts remain.
Repeat Rnd 2 only, 8 times.

Rnds 1-3: Knit all sts.
Rnd 4: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd (8 sts decreased).
Rnds 5-7: Knit all sts.
Rnd 8: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 9 & 10: Knit all sts.
Rnd 11: *K2tog; repeat from * end of rnd.

8 sts remain. Break yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread the yarn tail onto a tapestry ndl and run the ndl through the 8 remaining sts. Pull tight to close the toe. Weave in yarn ends.

©2009 Susan Pierce Lawrence
This pattern is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce the pattern or any part of it for free distribution, sale, or any other purpose without my prior consent. Items made from these instructions may not be sold under any circumstances.

18 Responses to “Pieces of Eight Baby Socks”

  1. Manise on 15 Nov 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the pattern! I needed some socks to go with the Baby Sophisticate sweater I just finished for my cousin’s baby that’s due soon.

  2. Jessica on 15 Nov 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Definitely going to have to try a pair of these. So cute!

  3. MamaMidwife on 16 Nov 2009 at 12:15 am

    Cute! Thanks for the pattern. Just the thing for my rainbow dyed yarn.

  4. Carole on 16 Nov 2009 at 5:50 am

    So I can’t make these and then sell them at your local fiber festival? Right under your nose? Sheesh.

  5. margene on 16 Nov 2009 at 6:09 am

    This is the perfect baby sock.

  6. Heather Joins The Round on 16 Nov 2009 at 7:14 am

    Baby socks are the cutest things ever!

  7. Sandi on 16 Nov 2009 at 7:45 am

    I love this pattern, and can’t wait to cast it on. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  8. Alicia on 16 Nov 2009 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for sharing the pattern. Love the yarn!

  9. Vicki on 16 Nov 2009 at 1:12 pm

    thanks for the pattern.. I have a niece/nephew coming in May 2010 and need to make some baby stuff!

  10. Janet on 16 Nov 2009 at 2:11 pm

    So cute! Thank you for the pattern. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  11. Kate on 16 Nov 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for the pattern! I’ve got a new second cousin (uh…or whatever kid-of-a-cousin is called) on his way in January.

  12. Teyani on 16 Nov 2009 at 6:35 pm

    thanks so much for sharing this adorable pattern! I have a couple friends who are expecting soon ;-)

  13. Julie L on 16 Nov 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you so much Susan.

  14. martha in mobile on 21 Nov 2009 at 10:28 am

    Just perfect for socks I must make immediately. Thank you so much!

  15. Lori in Michigan on 21 Nov 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Susan…thanks for the update. Oddly enough I just queued your Ravelry ’07 version today…lots o’ buns in the oven around here!

  16. Charlene Ryan on 18 Jan 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you this pattern is perfect for my upcoming grandson. Will be shown on my ravelry page.

  17. michele on 18 Jan 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I just finished a pair of these and have another to go. I LOVE your patterns. Thank you for sharing this one!!

  18. Katie on 17 May 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I just finished these for my little one whos due in September. They came out soo cute! I plan on making a bunch more!! These will be something I can save in her keepsake box. Thanks so much for sharing.