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Tiny Dancer Socks

Tiny Dancer Socks

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The Tiny Dancer Socks hand knit socks by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

They’re adorable! They’re tiny! They have itty bitty stripes and a picot edge! If you have a little one who is somehow a dancer before they’re a walker, then these socks are a must-knit. Did we mention that they are just too cute?!

For these socks we used the Knit Picks yarn Hawthorne Kettle Dye in Daphne as the main color, and Compass as the contrasting color 1. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Toe Cast On

For this pattern you will need to use either a set of 5 DPNs or a circular needle with a 32 inch / 80 cm cable. The 80 cm cable is necessary to work the Magic Loop method for knitting in the round.
Some knitters may prefer to use a set of 4 DPNs or a very short circular needle for their socks. This pattern will still work with these options, but please keep in mind that some references to needles and dividing stitches may need to be adjusted or disregarded.
DPN users will begin with three needles (you will cast on to two of these).

Cast On
Using either the Judy’s Magic Cast On or Turkish Cast on technique, cast on 16 stitches (8 on each needle) using US size 1 (2.5 mm) circular needles.

You can use the tail from your cast on to keep track of your rounds. If the tail is on the right, you are about to begin a new round. You can also put a locking stitch marker in this spot to use as a guide.
DPN users can add their additional needles as it feels comfortable while working the toe increases.

First Round
Knit one round.

Increase Round
k1, m1, knit to last stitch on needle, m1 k1. Rep for second needle. You have now increased 4 stitches, 2 on each needle.

Rep increase round once more.

Next Round
Knit one round.

Next Rounds
Continue knitting toe in stockinette stitch, working the increase round every second round, until you have 36 stitches total (18 on each circular needle, or 9 on each DPN).


You will now be knitting the foot section of your sock. This section will be knit as a straight tube until the heel is turned.
Half of your stitches will become the sole of the sock, and the other half will be the instep. Keeping the stitches divided over your needles will help you to keep track of this, but you can also place a locking stitch marker at the beginning and middle of the round if you would like.

Narrow Stripes

Stripe 1
Knit 26 rounds in MC

When knitting the thicker stripes, it is best to cut your yarn when changing colors. Keeping the yarn attached will leave long floats inside your garment that can easily get caught on things during wear.
When cutting your yarn, leave a long tail so you have plenty to sew in. Sewing your ends as you go will save you a lot of trouble later on.

Stripe 2
Knit 7 rounds in CC1

When knitting thin stripes in the round, you may have a 'jog' in the pattern at the BOR. To prevent this, try slipping the first stitch in the round when changing colours.

Knit the sock foot in plain stockinette, changing colors according to the narrow stripes instructions, until it measures 3 inches from the cast on edge, or is 1 inches from the end of your foot.

A good thing about knitting socks like this, is you can (carefully) try them on the check the length! Make sure your stitches are all safely on cable of your circular needle, or put the point protectors on your DPNs to prevent stitches falling off. When the sock is level with your ankle bone it is time to move onto the next section.

Short Row

Round 1
Knit across all of the instep stitches.

You will now be putting these stitches aside while you work the heel on the sole of your sock. If you are using a circular needle, the instep stitches will sit on the cable while you knit flat back and forth on the needles. For DPNs, make sure you secure the instep stitches with point protectors or a stitch holder so they don’t fall off the needles.

Short Row 1 (RS)
Knit to the last stitch of the sole. Sl1wyif, turn your work.

Short Row 2 (WS)
Bring your yarn to the front, and while pulling tightly sl1wyif so that the yarn is wrapped around the first stitch.

You have now worked your first w&t. Your wrapped stitches will wait at the end of the row while you are working the middle stitches. This is what builds up the shape of the heel.

Purl across the row to the last stitch. Sl1wyib.

Short Row 3 (RS)
Pull your yarn firmly to the back and sl1wyib; this is a WS w&t. Knit to the last stitch before the wrap, w&t.

Short Row 4 (WS)
Purl to the last stitch before the wrap, w&t.

Repeat these steps back and forth until there are 8 stitches left between the wraps. End after a WS row.

Row 1 (RS)
Knit to the first wrap (the first that you come to, not the first one you made). When you look closely, you should see the wrapped stitch around the legs of the stitch sitting on the needle. From the back, scoop up the back of the wrap and pull it back onto the needle. K2tog-tbl, keeping the stitch tight. You have now picked up your first wrap.

Row 2 (WS)
Sl1, p to the first wrap, and once again scoop up the wrap from the back and put it back onto the needle. P2tog-tbl.

Repeat these two rows until all of the wraps have been picked up, continuing to sl the first stitch on each row. After picking up the last wrap, knit to the end of the row to begin knitting in the round again.

Some knitters struggle with unsightly holes at the top of their heels, where they have begun to knit in the round again. To fix this, try adding a twisted stitch at the join:

Knit to the last stitch before you turn to the other side of your work. Sl1 onto a cable needle and hold to the front. Turn your work and k1. Sl the stitch off your cable needle back onto the left needle, continue knitting as set.


Round 1
Knit across instep and heel stitches according to the previously established stripes pattern.

Next Rounds
Continue in established pattern until the sock leg measures 2.5 inches from the top of the heel.

Picot Edge

Next Rounds
Knit in plain stockinette for 5 rounds.

Eyelet Round
YO, k2tog to the end of the round.

Next Rounds
Knit in plain stockinette for 4 rounds.

Bind off very loosely. When cutting your yarn, leave an extra long tail to sew down the Picot Edge.

If your cast off is too tight, try going up a needle size for the cast off. You can also use "Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off" to create a more stretchy cuff edge.

Picot Edge Finishing
Fold down the edge of your sock along the eyelet row towards the inside of the sock, so that the wrong sides of the cuff are facing each other.

With the tail of your yarn carefully whip stitch the cast on edge onto the first stockinette row of the cuff. Make sure you are not pulling your stitches too tightly, as this will make your sock edge less stretchy and harder to pull onto your foot. The tail of your yarn can be woven into the folded edge.

Repeat pattern for second sock. Sew in ends, wash and block. Using a sock blocker will give you an extra neat finish, and is definitely worth it if you are gifting your socks. If you don’t have access to actual sock blockers, make your own by bending a wire coat hanger into the same shape.


weight |
4 ply

Main Color:

59 meters / 65 yards


36 stitches and 52 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 1 US / 2.5 mm needles


Circular 1 US / 2.5 mm

Circular 0 US / 2 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

Cable needle (optional)


This pattern is knit to fit babies 6-18 months. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own socks.

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Base illustration showing measurements

Sock Circumference:

4 in / 10.5 cm

Sock Height: 

2.5 in / 6.5 cm

Sock Length: 

4 in / 10.0 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

DPNs: Double Pointed Needles

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

K2TOG-TBL: Knit two together through the back loop

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

MC: Main Color

P: Purl

P2TOG: Purl two together

P2TOG-TBL: Purl two together through the back loop

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SL: Slip

SL1: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL1WYIB: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL1WYIF: Slip one with yarn in front

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

W&T: Wrap and Turn

WS: Wrong side

YO: Wrap yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch (it will leave an intentional hole)

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Toe-Up Socks
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Cuff Picot Edge

Heel Short Row

Height Tall

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Narrow Stripes
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4.5 in / 11 cm
The Tiny Dancer Socks by Bellish socks illustration