Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Knitted Slippers Pattern

I posted in December about some slippers I made which are great for wearing around the house particularly in the cold weather we've had this winter. At the time I said I would post the pattern when it was properly typed up. I know it is a bit late for this winter but here is the pattern anyway - you could always add them to your knitted Christmas gifts list of items for next Christmas!!

To fit foot length - child 16.5cm; small 18cm; medium 20.5cm; large 23cm

Materials - 1 x 100gm skein Colinette Skye and 1 x 100gm skein Colinette Graffiti (large size may need a second skein) or a combination of 2 Aran yarns or an Aran and a Chunky. 8mm needles

Tension gauge - 11sts and 11 ridges to 10cm in garter stitch using 8mm needles. (I ridge = 2 rows).

Knitting Notes - The slippers are knitted in a garter slip stitch pattern; the slip stitch is used to define the edges of the slipper sole.

Chain Selvedge - a chain selvedge is used throughout as follows; Beginning of every row: k1 through back of loop (k1tbl). End of every row: knit to last stitch, yarn forward, slip stitch purlwise.

Knit pick up - put the tip of the right needle through the knitting just below the outside loop of the chain selvedge stitch and make a loop around the needle as if to knit. Pull the loop through to makea new stitch.

Cast off very loosely - if you have a problem casting off loosely use a needle 2 sizes larger to knit the cast off row.

Abbreviations; k2tog - knit 2 together; skpo - slip 1 knit 1 pass slip stitch over; s1 - slip 1 purlwise; k1tbl - knit 1 through back loop; yf - yarn forward between the needles; yb - yarn back between the needles.

Slipper Using one strand of each yarn and 8mm needles cast on 15[19 21 23]sts. Increase for heel - k1tbl, k6[8 9 10], in the next stitch for child and small (k1, p1, k1, p1) and for medium and large (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1), k6[8 9 10] yf, s1 - 18[22 25 28]sts

Row 1: (WS) k1tbl, k4[6 7 8] yf, s1, yb, k6[6 7 8], yf, s1, yb, k4[6 7 8] yf, s1. Row 2: (RS) k1tbl, k to last stitch yf, s1. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 16[18 20 23] ridges are completed finishing after a WS row.

Shape Toe - Row 1: k1tbl, k2[4 5 6], k2tog, k1, k6[6 7 8] k1, k2tog, k2[4 5 6] yf, s1 - 16[20 23 26]sts. Row 2: k1tbl, k1[3 4 5] k2tog, yf, s1, yb, skpo, k2[2 3 4] k2tog, yf, s1, yb, skpo, k1[3 4 5] yf, s1 - 12[16 19 22]sts. Row 3 for child size: k1tbl, k2tog, k1, skpo, k2tog, k1, skpo, k1 pull yarn edn through these 8sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly. Row 3: k1tbl, k[3 3 4], k2tog, k1 k[4 5 6] k1, skpo, k[2 3 4] yf, s1 - [14 17 20]sts. Row 4:k1tbl, k[1 2 3] k2tog, yf, s1, yb skpo, k[0 1 2] k2tog, yf, s1, yb, skpo, k[1 2 3] yf, s1 - [10 13 16]sts. Small pull yarn end through 10sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly. Row 5 medium: k1tbl, k2tog, k1, k3, k1, skpo, k2, pull yarn end through 11sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly. Row 5 large: k1tbl, k2, k2tog, k1, skpo, k2tog, k1, skpo, k3, pull yarn edn through 12sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly.

To join the centre seam - with RS together and starting at the toe, sew the centre seam by over sewing the selvedge edge half chains together (the other half of the selvedge chain should be left as a raised detail on the RS). Sew the centre seam approx. half the length of the slipper.

Trim - using both yarns (or 3 strands of a furn yarn) and 8mm needles, knit pick up 1 stitch for every selvedge chain, knitting through the outside half of the chain only, and pick up 1 stitch at the centre seam. Knit 2 rows. Cast off loosely.

To sew up the heel - with RS together oversew the cast on edge from the heel increase to the top of the slipper.