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HOW TO KNIT SLIPPERS – part 1

 

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Winter is upon us and there’s nothing like a nice pair of cozy, felted slippers, to keep your feet nice and toasty on those winter days when even the floors indoors are cold.

Here is the tutorial, where we show you the how we start the project, how we knit the heel and give some tips and explanations about knitting with 2 threads.

And the pattern for the basic slippers is as follows:

Basic Slippers

S (M, L)
Knit the basic slipper in the size closest to your shoe size and try the slipper on when you work the rounds/length for the foot. Put the unfinished slipper on, put your heel at the very back of the slipper, and check to make sure the piece reaches the tip of your big toe. Now you are ready to begin the toe shaping.

CASTING ON FOR THE FIRST ROUND
Cast on with the long-tail method using 1 strand of yarn and a short circular or 5 dpn that are U.S. size 8-10 / 5-6 mm. If you only need a small amount of one color, bring out the end from the inside of the yarn ball and alternately knit with the strand from the inside and the strand from the outside.
Before you start knitting in the round, make sure the cast-on row isn’t twisted.
Alternate yarns on each stitch.

 

MATERIALS
YARN: Worsted/afghan/aran yarn; 100% wool; 91 yd/83 m / 50 g. Rowan’s tweed yarns will work great for this pattern. If you want the slippers in kids size, use Shcchenmayr’s Wash + Filz it! yarns.
NEEDLES: 16 in / 40 cm circular and set of 5 dpn, U.S. size 8-10 / 5-6 mm
RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 14-16 sts = 4 in / 10 cm

Make a gauge swatch to determine whether to go up or down on needle size. We knitted our slippers with U.S. size 10 / 6 mm needles, with a gauge of 16 sts in 4 in / 10 cm before felting.

With one strand of yarn and short circular or dpn, CO 56 (60, 64) sts (we recommend a 16 in / 40 cm circular). Using two strands of yarn and alternating them on every stitch, knit 3 rnds.

HEEL
Work back and forth in stockinette st. You can work the heel with a circular—place the instep sts on a holder while you work the heel sts.

WORKING BACK AND FORTH WITH 2 STRANDS
NOTE: When knitting or purling into a stitch worked previously with 2 strands, work as one stitch.
Row 1: K14 (15, 16), knitting last st with both strands; turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p27 (29, 31), purling last st with both strands; turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k27 (29, 31), knitting last st with both strands; turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p27 (29, 31), purling last st with both strands; turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, k27 (29, 31), knitting last st with both strands; turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, p27 (29, 31), purling last st with both strands; turn.
Row 7: Sl 1, k27 (29, 31), knitting last st with both strands; turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, p27 (29, 31), purling last st with both strands; turn.
Row 9: Sl 1, k27 (29, 31), knitting last st with both strands; turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, p27 (29, 31), purling last st with both strands; turn.
Row 11: Sl 1, k27 (29, 31), knitting last st with both strands; turn.
Row 12: Sl 1, p27 (29, 31), purling last st with both strands; turn.
Row 13: Sl 1, k27 (29, 31), knitting last st with both strands; turn.

HEEL TURN
Continue slipping the first st of every row.
Row 14: P13 (15, 17), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.
Row 15: K3 (5, 7), k2tog, k1 with both strands; turn.
Row 16: P4 (6, 8), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.
Row 17: K5 (7, 9), k2tog, k1 with both strands; turn.
Row 18: P6 (8, 10), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.
Row 19: K7 (9, 11), k2tog, k1 with both strands; turn.
Row 20: P8 (10, 12), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.
Row 21: K9 (11, 13), k2tog, k1 with both strands; turn.
Row 22: P10 (12, 14), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.
Row 23: K11 (13, 15), k2tog, k1 with both strands; turn.
Row 24: P12 (14, 16), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.
Row 25: K13 (15, 17), k2tog with both strands; turn.
(Note: This row ends with k2tog and not k1 as previously.)
Row 26: P13 (15, 17), p2tog, p1 with both strands; turn.

NOTE: Don’t forget to alternate the two strands on every stitch. When we are picking up and knitting stitches along the edge of the heel flap, we insert the needle under one loop of the edge stitch.

 

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When working the heel back and forth as here, the result is an odd number of sts along the edge. Make sure you pick up the same number of sts on each side of the heel flap.

Rnd 1: Ssk, k6 (7, 8). Place a marker for beginning of rnd at the center of the sole, k7 (8, 9), pick up and knit 7 sts evenly spaced along the edge sts of heel flap, k28 (30, 32) sts from holder, pick up and knit 7 sts evenly spaced along other side of heel flap and end with k7 (8, 9) sts on sole = 56 (60, 64) sts total.
Rnds 2-34 (2-37, 2-40): Knit around.

TOE SHAPING
Rnd 35 (38, 41): *K1, k2tog, k8 (9, 10), k2tog, k1*; rep from * to * around.
Rnd 36 (39, 42): K48 (52, 56).
Rnd 37 (40, 43): *K1, k2tog, k6 (7, 8), k2tog, k1*; rep from * to * around.
Rnd 38 (41, 44): K40 (44, 48).
Rnd 39 (42, 45): *K1, k2tog, k4 (5, 6), k2tog, k1*; rep from * to * around.
Rnd 40 (43, 46): K32, (36, 40).
Rnd 41 (44, 47): *K1, k2tog, k2 (3, 4), k2tog, k1*; rep from * to * around.
Rnd 42 (45, 48): K24 (28, 32).
Rnd 43 (last rnd size S): K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1*; rep from * to * around.
Rnd 46 (49) (last rnd size M): *K1, k2tog, k1 (2), k2tog, k1*; rep from * to * around.
Rnd 50: K24.
Rnd 51 (last rnd size L): Work (k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1) around.

Cut yarn and draw both strands through the rem 16 sts. Pull tight to gather sts around hole at tip of toe. Weave in all ends neatly on WS.

Gently steam press slippers before felting.

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Tune in next time, for tips and ideas on decorating the slippers. And there will also be a short tutorial on how we felt the slippers.

 

Enjoy!

If you want more slippers patterns or ideas, make sure to have a look at out book, 30 Slippers, available in many languages here. Just click on your flag and it will take you to an online book store in your country.

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ARNE & CARLOS

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