Knit Baby’s First Sock

In the January/February 2018 issue of PieceWork, Heather Vaughan Lee introduced readers to the Barron-Gibb baby booties and toddler socks, which became a treasured family tradition. Knitting a baby’s first sock is a special occasion, and the pattern must be equal to the event.

Vintage knitting patterns are a great place to start if you want to begin your own tradition. The free knitting pattern “Knit Baby’s First Sock” was adapted from a pattern in Volume 9 of Weldon’s Practical Needlework by Ann Budd. This Victorian-era pair of baby socks would make a great gift for a new addition to your family.

Baby’s First Sock

Ann Budd’s knitted Baby’s First Sock. Photo by Joe Coca.

The original knitting instructions for these basket-weave textured baby socks called for “white Shetland wool’’ and size 15 steel knitting needles (U.S. size 00). For her modern adaptation, Ann used a fingering-weight, machine-washable wool yarn and U.S. size 1 (2.25 mm) knitting needles, but they retain all of the vintage charm of the original pair. The cuff features a delicate scalloped edge, and the toe is bound off with the three-needle bind-off method. These simple, yet adorable, socks will knit up in no time!

To cast on a pair, download your free copy of the “Knit Baby’s First Sock” pattern today!

Plus find more vintage knitting patterns for babies in Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Make these two mystery projects that have no illustration: “Weldon’s Mystery Project: Square for Baby’s Quilt” and “What Does This Weldon’s Baby’s Knitted Boot Look Like?” What do they look like? We haven’t a clue! If you do cast on, please share it with us via email at We’d love to see what it looks like!

Ann Budd, formerly a book editor for Interweave Press, is the author of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns (Interweave Press, 2002 and 2004, respectively).

Posted February 20, 2014. Updated February 12, 2018.

Discover more Victorian-era knitting patterns in Weldon’s!


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