Soft + Silky Baby Socks
Our Soft + Silky Baby Socks may be teeny tiny, but their cuteness is ginormous… Almost as big as our love for those little footsies they will cover. And in our new, 100% mulberry silk Furl, they’re as special, too!
Knit from itty-bitty toe up, these clever little socks use double knitting, a simple slip stitch technique that has you work the toe in two layers at once then redistribute the stitches to separate the layers, and voilà, you’re ready for the heel!
After knitting the heel flat, you use a three-needle bind off to close it up, then you pick up stitches to work the cuff in the round. So small, it all happens in a flash, and you’re on to the next sock in no time!
Using our new Furl for these sweeties makes the knitting even more fun. Furl is 100% mulberry silk, a kind of silk that is renowned for its beauty, strength, and superior quality, all evident in Furl’s remarkable sheen… Just look at that dazzling little ball of Cadmium Chartreuse!
You can find all ten of Furl’s glowing colors above, from cool, dark Juniper Blue to bright, poppy Rhubarb Pink.
Each and every color shines in Furl’s exuberant bouclé loops. These fluffy fibers woven along central threads create a curly textured surface, soft as a newborn baby’s skin and sweet as a little baby’s coo!
Choose from two Soft + Silky Baby Sock sizes to cover those tiny tootsies from day one to six months old. You’ll need just one charming ball of Furl to knit five pairs of socks!
Pick one color, or a whole palette so you can knit a soft and silky bundle for the little bundle of joy you love!
Originally designed by Purl Soho founder, Joelle Hoverson, and included in her book, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, under the name Angora Baby Booties. This updated version comes from Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work!
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- 1 ball of Purl Soho’s Furl, 100% mulberry silk. Each ball is approximately 274 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 55 yards required per pair. We knit a pair in every color of Furl!
- A set of US 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles
- A stitch marker
NOTE: This is enough yarn to make up to 5 pairs of Baby Socks!
32 stitches and 52 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
0–3 Months (3–6 Months)
- Finished Foot Circumference: 4¼ inches
- Finished Foot Length: 3½ (4) inches
- Finished Height from Heel to Top of Ribbed Cuff: 2¼ inches
You will use double knitting to work the Toe in two layers at once. Next, you will redistribute the stitches to separate the Toe into two individual layers, then turn the piece inside out to work the Heel flat. You’ll close the back of the Heel using a 3-Needle Bind Off, then pick up stitches along the selvages and join for working the Cuff in the round to the end.
Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.
Cast on 32 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Row 1: *Knit 1, slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif).
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 2 (2½) inches from cast on edge, ending with an odd number of rows.
Next Row: *Knit 1, slip 1 wyib, repeat from * to end of row.
Redistribute stitches to separate Toe into two individual layers. Here’s how…
Holding two double-pointed needles parallel to each other in your right hand and needle with Toe stitches in your left hand, *slip first stitch from left needle onto back right needle, slip next stitch on left needle onto front right needle, repeat from * until you have slipped all stitches onto the two double-pointed needles in your right hand. Separate needles slightly to make sure Toe is open and stitches have been divided into their individual layers, with reverse stockinette sides facing outwards.
Turn piece inside out so right (stockinette) side is now facing you. [16 stitches on each needle]
Hold piece with needles parallel so working yarn is coming from right-most stitch on back needle, ready to work front needle stitches.
Using an empty needle (now called Needle A), knit 8 stitches from front needle; with another empty needle (now called Needle B), knit remaining 8 stitches from front needle and 4 stitches from back needle; with another empty needle (now called Needle C), knit 8 stitches from back needle; slip remaining 4 stitches from back needle onto Needle A. [12 stitches each on Needles A and B; 8 stitches on Needle C]
NOTE: You will now work back and forth in rows on Needles A and B only.
Row 1 (right side): Knit across Needles A and B, turn work.
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl across Needles B and A, turn work.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 seven more times, then repeat Row 1 one more time.
Next Row (wrong side): Purl across Needle B.
Fold Needle A and Needle B right sides together (wrong sides facing you) and work a 3-Needle Bind Off across the stitches. [1 stitch remains at back of Heel]
NOTE: You will now join in the round for one round only.
Turn Heel inside out so right side is facing you. The needle holding the remaining Heel stitch is called Needle B.
Set-Up Round: For Needle B, pick up and knit 12 stitches along Heel selvage; for Needle C, knit; with a new needle (now called Needle A), pick up and knit 13 stitches along other side of Heel selvage. [34 stitches total: 13 stitches each on Needles A and B, 8 stitches on Needle C]
NOTE: You will now continue back and forth in rows on Needles A and B only.
Row 1 (partial row): Knit across Needle B, turn work.
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl across Needles B and A, turn work.
Row 3 (right side): Knit across Needles A and B, turn work.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5 (partial row): Knit across Needle A.
NOTE: You will work the Cuff in the round.
Set-Up Round: For Needle B, knit to last stitch, knit 2 together (k2tog) with first stitch on Needle C; for Needle C, knit to last stitch, k2tog with first stitch on Needle A; for Needle A, knit to end of needle, place marker for end of round. [32 stitches remain]
Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 for ½ inch, until piece measures 2¼ inches from bottom of sole, or until desired length.
Bind off in pattern loosely.
Weave in all ends, and make another sock.
Gently wet block.
15 comments on “Soft + Silky Baby Socks”
These are so adorable!!! I was wondering if you have a uk /European agent as the postage on a single ball is more than the price of the yarn .
I would love to be able to make these cute booties for someone who is about to have a baby, but have a hard time figuring out how to knit them with written instructions. I’ve never attempted socks before and haven’t knit anything in a long time. Is there any way that you can make a video on how to make these?
These are precious!! Right now I don’t have babies. I think they would make wonderful sleep socks for adults to keep our big tootsies warm
Is there a way to knit this using two circular needles instead of three dpns? Perhaps I could place a marker where the next dpn would be ? I struggle with dpns for some reason and don’t want to purchase them just for this pattern. I finally have a granddaughter coming after three boys and am anxious to knit these up!
These are adorable. Is it possible to use the two at a time method with magic loop for these socks. That is my preferred method to ensure the socks match and there is no second sick syndrome.
Suggestions for finishing off last stitch in binding off. I usually pull the yarn through and tighten but with this boucle the yarn started to shred. Love the bootie but the yarn is a challenge
ciao, ho visto queste bellissime scarpine e mi piacerebbe lavorarle ma non ho molta esperienza.
ti volevo chiedere: nella prima parte ferro 1 e successivi, le maglie vanno sempre lavorate a diritto?
grazie se potrai rispondermi
Could I use posy or coorie yarn for these socks?