Sunday, December 15, 2013

Basic knitted slippers

Easy Knitted Slippers

This is my version of a very old pattern that has probably been around since people first learned how to tangle yarn with sticks.  


Worsted weight yarn.  Two skeins or one that you divide up into two balls.  You can brave the tangles and use both ends from one skein, but I’ve always found that I end up spending more time untangling it than I would have if I had just divided it in the first place.

Small amount of worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color

size 9 straight needles
size 8 straight and double pointed (or circular) needles
size 7 straight needles

Yarn needle

This is for a women’s medium sized slipper.  For larger sizes increase the cast on in multiples of two (for wider sizes) and the garter stitch by rows of two for longer sizes.  I find that I don’t need to increase the width very often.

Slipper is worked with two strands held together.  Using size 9 needles, cast on 28 stitches.  Knit 24 rows, creating 12 ridges of garter stitch.  

15 rows of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.

5 with size 9 needles
5 with size 8 (straight)
5 with size 7

For the next row, knit two together, purl two together across

Then knit two together across

Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.  

Gather toe and secure then sew up the top along the ribbed area, finishing when you reach the garter stitch area.

Sew up the back seam.

With single strand of contrasting yarn and double point needles (or circular) pick up an even number of stitches along the top.  
knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 3 rows and then bind off with a stretch binding.

Leave plain or decorate as you wish. Their easy, basic and warm slippers.  I have a ton of them around the house for the family and I like to make them as gifts as well.  

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