View Full Version : New to knitting want to knit baby socks/leggings

10-30-2010, 07:06 PM
Hi I went to a yarn store but they were closing and rushed me so I wasnt able to get some advice befre I left.
I bought some yarn, 3 skeins of yarn : Worsted Merino Superwash
from the Plymouth Brand Collection

Yarn Content: 100% Superwash Fine Merino Wool
Yarn Gauge: 5 sts = 1"/US7 needle
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Yarn Length: 218 yds/100g skein

I also have addi turbo circular needle size 12 inches

Does anyone have a pattern for baby leggings or socks I could adapt to this wool and needle?

Sorry if this is a crazy question...

10-30-2010, 07:11 PM
Boy, worsted weight for baby socks and/or leggings might be hard to find, and the 12" circs are too long, you may have to use dpns or a much longer one and the magic loop technique. Try these sites -
www.knittingonthenet.com (http://www.knittingonthenet.com)
www.dailyknitter.com (http://www.dailyknitter.com)
www.knittingpatterncentral.com (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com)

Jan in CA
10-30-2010, 07:14 PM

10-30-2010, 07:28 PM
Thanks so much for the link jan! This pattern looks perfect and easy to follow.
But how do I change colors???

Suzeeq if it makes any differences it LOOKS tiny...
Its the tinest needle I've ever seen~!
It says on the top right of the package 30 cm/ 2.0mm
12" US 0

10-30-2010, 07:48 PM
Yep, I know, but adult feet are about 8-9" around, and a baby's are about half that - foot size chart (http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/footsize.html). And size 0 are fine for sock or baby yarn, but way too small for the worsted weight you bought.

You can make a nice blanket with the yarn you got, using size 7 or 8 needles, and the leggings Jan linked to.

10-30-2010, 07:56 PM
Ayayaya :pout:
What size needle would I need for a baby sock? I have another circular needle but I bought it so logn ago I dont remember the size...
if I measure it with my tape it says 17"
That sounds way too big to me...

10-30-2010, 09:37 PM
Is this the size needle I want? http://www.amazon.com/Addi-Lace-Circular-Knitting-Needles/dp/B003VFC6A8/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1288488530&sr=1-4

size 8?

10-30-2010, 10:54 PM
I hope this isn't too basic but here is a little primer:

The ball band on the yarn will give you a suggested size needle. It means the actual needle circumference. I have trouble with US sizes because they are so arbitrary. Listed below are the metric circumference equivalents:


When making garments, you want them to fit right so you use the pattern to do a test swatch, usually a 4 inch by 4 inch square and make sure that your stitches per inch are lining up with the pattern. (called gauge in the pattern) You may need to size your needles up or down based on that. So if you buy an 8, for example, and it ends up being too large, you may have to size down to a 7 (usually what I have to do).

The length of the circular needle matters also. If you have 12 inch needles and the tube you are knitting is for a tiny baby leg, you will overstretch the yarn when you join it. For a tiny leg and foot (how cute!) you most likely need either double point needles or magic loop. FOr magic loop, you need super long circular needles. You can look up both knitting techniques under the vidoes to see how to perform these.

I hope the info helps!

11-06-2010, 03:11 PM
Thanks for all the advice.

I finally understand needle sizes. I do have a really long circular needle 30 inches. But I cant seem to grasp magic loop. I've been looking at the diagrams on the internet. Does anyone have any clear illustrated instructions??

11-06-2010, 03:53 PM
The bottom of the Knitpicks circular knitting tutorial (http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Knitting_in_the_Round) has some pictures of ML that may help.