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My mom just finished knitting these adorable baby socks for the wee one! They are super cute and stay on her feet really well. It took a while to find a good knitting pattern for baby socks but the search was worth it. My mom decided to make them in lumberjack/sock monkey colours, just like mom+dad’s favorite work socks.
Knitting baby socks can be very rewarding. Since the baby isn’t walking on the socks, they don’t really wear out. Knitting baby socks also don’t take as long as adult socks. They also fit right over sleepers and can be worn instead of baby shoes. They’re just as warm and just as cute. Now our whole family has matching work socks with the red stripe!
The pattern used for these wool socks was the “Stretch Baby Socks” pattern by Patons (free on Ravelry). My mom did change the pattern a bit by only ribbing the top portion (the white band with the red stripe) instead of ribbing all the way down to the heel.
The pattern uses double-pointed needles. Both my mom and I like working with the knitter’s pride wooden needles. They’re quiet to work with and don’t get cold like metal or plastic knitting needles. These socks were made on Size 3 Knitter’s Pride Laminated Wood Double-Pointed Needles.
The wool used for knitting these baby socks was Berroco Vintage DK yarn. This yarn is a blend of acrylic, wool, and nylon. There are some really nice colors available in this line. The grey we chose was called “cracked pepper” (color 2107).
You could really use any combination of colors, but we liked the work sock color combo for the baby monkey sock/lumberjack work sock look. If you intend to put the socks directly onto the baby’s feet, you may wish to use acrylic yarn if the baby is sensitive to real wool.
Here are the finished knitted baby work socks! Aren’t they cute!? Once they don’t fit anymore, I’ll tie on loops of thread to make adorable monkey sock Christmas tree ornaments. That way, we’ll all get to enjoy them every year :)
If knitting socks aren’t your thing, it is possible to order hand-knit baby work socks from Etsy. Some of them are called “baby work socks” while others are called “infant lumberjack socks” or “kid’s monkey socks”. I found this super cute pair that’s very similar (with a very cute white heel). I also like these infant lumberjack socks, which come in various sizes and colors and look long enough to fold over.
The grey cotton sleeper pictured with the socks is from babyGap. It’s one of the sleepers with snaps that also comes with fold-over mitt hands.
We decided that the knitted baby socks were too cute to get rid of! With just a bit of extra yarn, we re-purposed the baby socks into tiny stocking tree ornaments to mark the baby’s first Christmas. This is now one of my favorite DIY Christmas ornaments on our tree!
Thanks so much for checking out these hand-knit baby socks! I hope you like them as much as we do :)
We turned out knitted baby socks into cute ornaments for the Christmas tree!
We love the blend of acrylic, wool, and nylon that we used. If the baby has sensitivities to wool, you may consider using only acrylic yarn.
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