Learn to Knit Simple Toddler Socks

A pair of colorful toddler socks

Sarah E. White

If you're new to sock knitting and know a toddler, this pair of socks is a great easy project for you to try. These rib-cuff socks are virtually all Stockinette Stitch, so they're really quick and easy to knit, and because they're small the potentially scary bits (which are actually not scary at all) are over quickly.

These socks are used to illustrate some in-depth tutorials you'll find as you go through the pattern, so if you need more detailed advice you'll find it just a click away.


  • about 130, 145 yards fingering weight sock yarn
  • set of size 1 US (2.25 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn ruler


34 stitches and 44 rounds per 4 inches (8.5 stitches and 11 rounds per inch) in Stockinette in the round.


Small size is about 5 inches around the foot and 5 inches long, to fit a child age 1-3. The larger size is 5.5 inches around and 6 inches long, for a 4- to 5-year-old. Instructions are given for the smaller size first with the larger size in parentheses (the larger size is shown in the photo).

The Cuff

  1. Cast on 40 (44) stitches. Divide onto 3 needles and join in round.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1 inch.
  3. Work in Stockinette until piece measures 2.5 (3) inches.

The Heel Flap

Work heel on 20 (22) stitches back and forth in rows, with all the stitches on the same needle.

If desired, move the remaining unworked leg stitches onto one needle; you'll want them that way after the heel, anyway.

Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Slip 1, purl across.

Repeat these two rows about 19 (21) more times, or until heel flap is roughly square, ending with a wrong-side row.

Turning the Heel

This pattern uses a round heel. Follow these row-by-row instructions to complete the heel shape.

  1. Slip 1, knit 10 (12), slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
  2. Slip 1, purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
  3. Slip 1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
  4. Slip 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.
  5. Slip 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.
  6. Slip 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn. This is the last wrong-side row for size small.
  7. Slip 1, k10, ssk, k1, turn. This is the last right-side row for size small.
  8. Size large only: slip 1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn. Knit back across.

Gusset and Leg

Use an empty needle to pick up and knit the slipped stitches along the side of the heel flap where your working yarn is. Use another needle to knit across the leg stitches that have been sitting unworked while you knit the heel. Work all of these stitches onto one needle if you haven't already done so.

With another empty needle, pick up and knit the slipped stitches along this side of the heel flap, then work across half the remaining stitches from the heel. Slip the other half onto the needle with the first heel flap stitches you picked up. The center of the bottom of the foot is now the beginning of the round.

Round 1: Knit to within 3 stitches of the end of the first needle, ssk, k1. Work across leg stitches in Stockinette. For needle 3, k1, k2tog, k remaining stitches.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat these two rounds until 40 (44) stitches remain. Work straight in Stockinette until piece measures 4 (5) inches from the back of the heel.

Toe Shaping

Round 1: Needle 1: k to 3 stitches from the end, ssk, k1. Needle 2: k1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches from end, ssk, k1. Needle 3: k1, k2tog, k to end.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat these 2 rounds until 10 (12) stitches remain, then work just round 2 once more, large size only. 10 (8) stitches remain. Graft the toe closed, or cinch up the toe like you might the top of a hat.

Make a second sock in the same manner.