Big socks

Remember these? They were first sighted here.

Pattern: Fancy silk socks
Source: Knitting Vintage Socks
Modifications: none
Needle size: US 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Poppy (2 skeins)

Baby booties

Pattern: Stay-on baby booties
Source: I started here but also consulted this pattern
Modifications: I cast on 12 st instead of 10 (but slipped the edge stitches). Instead of knitting i-cord for the ties, I took a long length of yarn and twisted it with a handspindle into a 4-strand cabled yarn. I did ribbed cuffs (foldover style [left] or knit until I ran out of yarn [right]).
Needle size: Left, US 0 (2.0 mm); right: US 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Leftover sock yarn (not sure what brand anymore)

I couldn’t find information about what needle size produced what size bootie, so I thought I’d knit them up and find out for myself.

From left to right: 1) US 0 (2.0 mm) and standard sock yarn; 2) US 1 (2.5 mm) and standard sock yarn; 3) US 2 (2.75 mm) and sport weight yarn.

The first bootie seemed unbelievably small. (I thought they were too small for anything other than a preemie. Granted, I’ve never seen a newborn baby before.) Anyway, I found this guide to measuring kid-sized feet; if it is accurate, the bootie knit on US 0 needles will fit a newborn to 6-wk baby (unblocked length, 3″). The second bootie supposedly will fit a 6-wk to 3-mo baby (unblocked length, 3.5″). The third bootie might fit a 6- to 9-mo baby (unblocked length, slightly over 4″). The third bootie looked sort of ungainly – I didn’t even bother to knit the mate or make an ankle tie for that one. I figure by the time a child’s foot is half the length of mine (my feet are a little over 9″ long), normal socks with shaped heels and toes are more appropriate.

30 thoughts on “Socks

  1. Congrats on your good news!! Baby socks are good, too – they stay on better than booties, and you can turn them into holiday tree ornaments after the baby outgrows them! 🙂

  2. That stay-on bootie pattern used to be my go-to baby shower gift. I’ve stopped that after finding out from moms (clearly I would not otherwise know this) that socks stay on better.

    Those are awfully cute, though.

  3. When I saw the title of this blog entry, I wondered if it referred to baby socks. I was right. 🙂

    Congratulations on the wonderful news! That kid will be lucky to have you two for parents. Take care of yourselves. My prayers are with you all.

  4. Congratulations! And especially after the effort you guys put in – well done! That ever yearned-for baby will be well loved. And I’m expecting in early May – I’m excited to find one of the bloggers I read on more or less the same schedule as I am!

  5. I am so happy for you and Matt. End of May will be perfect…warm weather for strolls with baby. You are going to be an awesome Mom.

    Love the booties too.

  6. All very cute, but now that I have a small person of my own, I have to second Claudia and recommend socks. Z wears socks every day (unfortunately not ones I’ve made for her..) and the standard sizes seem to be too big or too small all the time. Booties only go on over the socks when we’re going outside.

    I always swore I would never knit for a small person…now I find it a lot more fun than I thought I would!

  7. I love the bright colors! As far as baby sizes go, you really don’t know what you’re going to get. I have a friend with a now 1-year-old baby who is as heavy as my 3-year old. It’s unbelievable. We call him Manatee.

    I made my son some stay-on booties, and they did stay on! The stupid thing was I made them out of Baby Cashmerino, and they started to pill like crazy.

    As for socks, some stayed on (usually the expensive ones that came in a special little plastic container — oh, the waste). Others flew off his little chub feet as if they were greased.

    The only thing I know for sure is don’t make any sweaters with tight necks! Buttons on the neckline = good. Cute rollneck sweaters that you have to tug over baby’s big ol’ head = bad.


  8. I enjoyed the experimental bootie knits. I will keep the sock thing in mind, as several colleagues need baby presents currently. Congratulations! That U/S is pretty convincing.

  9. Congratulations! And thanks for the bootie breakdown. I’ve been knitting booties like crazy and wildly guessing about sizes, It’s nice to know that they will all likely fit at some time and now I can concentrate on ones that will likely fit durring the winter when she will need them the most.

  10. I’m so very happy for both you and Matt. He sounds like a gem. The booties are adorable. I find you to be such an interesting, thoughtful person, and I wish you both all the best.

    Cute booties, too! 😉

  11. Congratulations! Best wishes to you, Matt, and baby! I’m sure that both booties and socks will come in handy; my boyfriend’s sister lives in Germany and she puts both on her babies (socks, then booties, of course). I really like the colors–nice and cheerful, just perfect for a new spring baby!

  12. Wonderful news and the booties are adorable! My son and his wife are expecting via in vitro, also in May. So much to look forward to!

  13. I’m so happy for you and Matt! Those are super cute booties. Thanks for the sizing information. I made a pair when I was pregnant that supposedly were 0-3 months, but Owen seemed to outgrow them well before month 3. I guess there is no telling how fast feet will grow, but you seem prepared with multi-sizes 🙂

  14. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your fantastic news. I wish you and Matt (and baby) all the very best! I often peek at your blog to see what you have been up to, and this beats it all!
    Sharon from Australia

  15. Congrats! as something i have learned: baby feet and hands and legs are smaller than you think….their heads are bigger. babies are completely non-proportional to adults. it completely freaks me out. 🙂

  16. You’re going to find that babies on the floor are sock houdinis. I never knit any booties because I figured by the time I finished them they’d be too small (I was superstitious about starting ahead of time because of all the complications of international adoption). So I put socks on her when she was busy standing in her saucer or rolling around on the floor, and with no discernable effort or attention from her, the socks ALWAYS ended up falling off. It was a mysterious process.

  17. Oh, and congratulations! Great news! Enjoy knitting lots of small things, but use yarn that you feel you can afford to have lost on the school bus…

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