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Holiday Socks for Baby

Knit a pair of colorful holiday socks for the baby this season. This intermediate knitting pattern from Red Heart Yarn uses a special yarn so you don't have to switch colors. Check out the matching Baby Holiday Vest Knitting Pattern.

Baby Holiday Vest and Socks


  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Heart and Sole®”: 2 skeins 3973 Christmas.
  • Knitting Needles: 3.25mm [US 3] and 3.5mm [US 4] double pointed needles.
  • Stitch holders, stitch markers, yarn needle.

Sock Sizes
: S (M, L)
Finished Foot Length: 3½ (4, 4½)”


  1. With smaller double-pointed needles, cast on 32 (36, 40) sts loosely. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Place marker at beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist. Work in k2, p2 rib for 2½ (3, 3½)”, changing to larger needles on last row.

Heel flap:

  1. On next needle, slip sts so that there are 16 (18, 20) sts on first needle and rest of stitches divided between 2nd and 3rd needles for instep. Working only on the needle with 16 (18, 20) sts, work heel flap as follows:
  2. Row 1 (RS): (Slip 1, k1) to end.
  3. Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, purl to end.
  4. Repeat last 2 rows for a total of 16 (18, 20) rows, ending with Row 2.

Turn heel:

  1. Row 1 (RS): Slip 1, k8 (10, 10), ssk, k1, turn.
  2. Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, p3 (5, 3), p2tog, p1, turn.
  3. Row 3: Slip 1, k4 (6, 4), ssk, k1, turn.
  4. Row 4: Slip 1, p5 (7, 5), p2tog, p1, turn.
  5. Continue in this manner until all the sts on the ends of the needle have been worked [10 (12, 12)] sts. End with a WS row. Pick up sts for gusset: Knit 5 (6, 6) sts of heel. Using free needle, knit across remaining 5 (6, 6) sts of heel and with same needle, pick up 9 (9, 11) sts along edge of heel flap (needle 1). Slip 16 (18, 20) instep sts onto 1 needle and knit across (needle 2). With free needle, pick up 9 (9, 11) along edge of heel flap and knit next 5 (6, 6) sts of heel (needle 3). Starting at center of heel, there are 14 (15, 17) sts on needle 1, 16 (18, 20) sts on needle 2, and 14 (15, 17) sts on needle 3.


  1. Round 1: Knit.
  2. Next round: Knit to last 3 sts of needle 1, k2tog, k1; k16 (18, 20) sts of needle 2, k1, ssk, knit to end of needle 3.
  3. Repeat the last 2 rounds until there are 8 (9, 10) sts on needles 1 and 3, and 16 (18, 20) sts on needle 2 [32 (36, 40) sts]. Work even until foot measures 3 (3½, 4)” or ½” less than desired total length.


  1. Next round: (K2, k2tog) around [24 (27, 30) sts]. Knit 1 round.
  2. Next round: (K1, k2tog) around [16 (18, 20) sts]. Knit 1 round.
  3. Next round: K2tog around [8 (9, 10) sts]. Cut yarn and thread tail through remaining sts and pull. Fasten off. Weave in ends.



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This is the cutest baby and I LOVE this knitting pattern! I'm not very good at knitting yet but I'll store this pattern away for future use!

smart71087 1570564 Jan 26, 2012 can someone please tell me what (ssk) stands for? thank you.


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