These slippers are perfect for a beginner! If you know how to cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, M1, and draw through (or gather) stitches you will be able to make these slippers. Don’t know how? I have videos. They’re REALLY old but they show you what to do. Here’s the playlist to get you started:
And just to let you know, if you’re looking for a how-to for a specific stitch, if you click the 3 bars with the arrow in the upper right hand corner of the video below, the complete video tutorial list pops up.
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Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn (aka 4 or Aran weight or 10 ply) I like acrylic. It washes and wears well. It’s also easy to find and rather inexpensive.
Tapestry needle (to sew seams and work in the ends)
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With size 4 mm (US size 6) needles or whatever size needles you need to create the number of stitches and rows. Be sure to check your gauge or the sizing could be off. But even in saying that, this is a very forgiving pattern. If you’re off a bit, it’ll be okay.
4″ = 16 stitches
4″ = 40 rows
Sizes are written as follows:
Women 6-7 (8-9, 10-11,12-13)
Men’s 5-6 (7-8, 9-10, 11-12)
It’s only the numbers of rows that are going to change with the sizing.
To Begin – Making the Heel Flap
Cast on 3 stitches
(I’m counting this as row 1 only because I mis-numbered the rows when I originally posted this knitting pattern. It was easier to change it at the beginning than renumbering the entire pattern.)
Rows 2 – 3: Knit across
Row 4: K1 M1 K2. (4 sts)
Rows 5 – 6: Knit across
Row 7: K1 M1 K2 M1 K1 (6 sts)
Rows 8 – 9: Knit across
Row 10: K1 M1 K4 M1 K1 (8 sts)
Rows 11 – 12: Knit across
Row 13: K1 M1 K6 M1 K1 (10 sts)
Rows 14 – 15: Knit across
Row 16: K1 M1 K8 M1 K1 (12 sts)
Rows 17 – 18: Knit across
Row 19: K1 M1 K10 M1 K1 (14 sts)
Rows 20 – 21: Knit across
Row 22: K1 M1 K12 M1 K1 (16 sts)
Row 23 – 24: Knit across
Row 25: Cast on 14 sts. (Yes, you already have 16 stitches on your needle. Don’t break your yarn. Simply cast on. The next stitches are knit into the stitches you cast on and the original 16 that were there). * P1 K1 * Repeat from * to * 6 more times. P1 K14 P1. (30 sts)
Row 26: Cast on 14 sts. (Yes again.) ⟡ K1 P1 ⟡ Repeat from ⟡ to ⟡ 6 more times. K16 ⦷ P1 K1 ⦷ Repeat for ⦷ to ⦷ 6 more times. (44 sts)
⧭Row 27: ⧱ P1 K1 ⧱ Repeat from ⧱ to ⧱ 6 more times. P1 K14 P1. ⨳ K1 P1 ⨳ Repeat from ⨳ to ⨳ 6 more times (44 sts)
Row 28: ⋚ K1 P1 ⋚ Repeat from ⋚ to ⋚ 6 more times. K16 ⨈ P1 K1 ⨈ Repeat from ⨈ to ⨈ 6 more times.⧭
Repeat ⧭ to ⧭ 28 (31, 34, 37) times.
Another way to think of it, you will have knit 56 (62, 68, 74) rows TOTAL.
***END WITH ROW 27***. This maintains the pattern.
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Ending the Toe
Next row: K1 K2tog 12 times. K1 K2tog to the end of the row.
Next row: P8 K7 P8
Next row: K2tog across. Knit the last stitch.
Next row: P5 K3 P4.
Pull the yarn through or draw stitches together. Cut the yarn leaving 12″ or so.
Sew up the seam from where you gathered the toe stitches to roughly 2/3 up the foot.
Flip up the heel flap and sew up the seams on the back of the heel.
Work in your ends.
If you’re unsure how to do any of the following, click the link to watch the video demo.
Cast on – cast on
K – knit
P – purl
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together
M1 – Make one (Makes one stitch increase)
draw through (or gather) stitches
Hints and Tips
It’s important to sew the toe seam close to 2/3 of the way from the toe to the ankle. Any less and it will feel a bit sloppy on the wearer’s foot. Any further and it will be too tight for the wearer to get over their heel. You can lay it out and measure it or simply eyeball it. It’s not rocket science.
If you want to pick up stitches to add the heel flap after instead of how I did it in one piece, cast on 44 sts to start and then start at row 27.
This is a good pattern to use variegated yarn. The pattern is very simple so the yarn texture and print can really show off. You can use the self striping yarn, but getting the stripes to match will be difficult.
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