Friday, 2 December 2011

Rosie's Slippers Pattern

At the end of last year I posted pictures of some slippers I made but I never got around to posting the pattern although it has been available as a free pattern from me. Anyway for those of you who may be interested here is the pattern.

Size Foot Length
Child 16.5cm

Small 18cm
Medium 20.5cm
Large 23cm

1x100gm skein Colinette Skye and 1x 100gm skein Colinette Graffiti (large size may need a 2nd skein)
Or approx 100gms each of a combination of 2 Chunky Yarns or an Aran and a Super Chunky (at least 90 meters per 100gms per yarn)
8mm needles

11sts and 11 ridges to 10 cm in garter stitch using 8mm needles
(1 ridge = 2 knit 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 make a 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.

k2tog - knit 2 together; s1 k1 psso - slip 1 knit 1 pass slip stitch over; s1 - slip 1 purlwise; k1tbl - knit 1 through back of loop; yfwd - yarn forward to the front of the knitting; yb – yarn back

Using one strand of each yarn and 8mm needles cast on 15[19, 21, 23]sts
Increase for heel: k1tbl, k6[8, 9, 10], -
Child & Small k1, p1, k1, p1 into next stitch
Medium k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 into next stitch
Large k1, yo, p1, k1,yo, k1 into next stitch
- K6[8, 9, 10], yfwd, s1 - 18[22, 25, 28]sts.

Row 1: (WS) k1tbl, k4[6, 7, 8], yfwd, s1, yb, k6[6, 7, 8], yfwd, s1, yb, k4[6, 7, 8], yfwd, s1.
Row 2: (RS) k1tbl, k to last stitch, yfwd, s1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 16[18, 20, 23] ridges are complete 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], yfwd, s1. – 16[20, 23 26]sts.

Row 2: k1tbl, k1[3, 4, 5], k2tog, yfwd, s1, yb, s1 k1 psso, k2[2, 3, 4], k2tog, yfwd, s1, yb, s1 k1 psso, k1[3, 4, 5], yfwd, s1. – 12[16, 19, 22]sts.

Row 3: Child k1tbl, k2tog, k1, s1 k1 psso, k2tog, k1, s1 k1 psso, k1, pull yarn end through these last 8sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly.
Small, Medium & Large: k1tbl, k[3, 3, 4], k2tog, k1, k[4, 5, 6], k1, s1 k1 psso, k[2, 3, 4], yfwd, s1. – [14, 17, 20]sts.
Row 4: k1tbl, k[1, 2, 3], k2tog, yfdw, s1, yb, s1 k1 psso, k[0, 1, 2], k2tog, yfwd, s1, yb, s1 k1 psso, k[1, 2, 3], yfwd, s1. – [10, 13, 16]sts.
Small pull yarn end through these last 10sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly.
Row 5: Medium k1tbl, k1, k2tog, k1, k3, k1, s1 k1 psso, k2, pull yarn end through these last 11sts, pull up toe and fasten off tightly.
Large k1tbl, k2, k2tog, k1, s1 k1 psso, k2tog, k1, s1 k1 psso, k3, pull yarn end through these last 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 for approx. half the length of the slipper.
Using main yarn (or 3 strands of fur yarn e.g. Silky Chic) 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 very loosely.

Alternative trim – using main yarn (or 3 strands fur yarn) and large size crochet hook (size 7mm or 8mm) work a double crochet for every selvedge chain. Work 1 more row of double crochet or a row of crab stitch if you prefer.
To sew up heel
With RS together, over sew the cast on edge from heel increase to the top of the slipper.


  1. there are my favorite slippers!!! thank you for sharing the pattern

  2. HI, I am very new to this. Can you please tell me what WS and RS stand for? Thanks,

  3. Hi, WS stands for the wrong side of the fabric and RS stands for the Right side of the fabric i.e. the side that is on show.

  4. Hello, thank you for this cute slipper pattern. I am trying to make a size medium and am having problems with row two of shape toe. I come up with 23 stitches and not 19. With decreasing this can't be right. Can help me figure out what I am doing wrong?

    1. I can only assume that you have not worked the decreases either side of the slipped stitch line. There is a 'knit 2 together' decrease just before the slipped stitch line. You then work the slipped stitch followed by a 'slip 1 knit 1 pass slipped stitch over' decrease which makes 2 stitches decreased. These 2 decreases are repeated either side of the other slip stitch line making a total of 4 stitches decreased in this row hence the 19sts. hope that helps.

    2. So sorry for the questions. I am looking at this pattern and I see what the problem is. I didn't realize that for the psso, the s1 k1 was part of that. I did them separately then did the psso. So much to learn. Thanks for you help. I am (obviously) a new knitter.

  5. question regarding the heel increase: can you print out the pattern for a small size for each row.. I am confused about following the pattern? do you increase 1 stitch per row until you have 22 stitches and then start with row 1?

    1. Please see the answer with the comment below.

  6. Just Mary
    Was confused about the beginning directions for the heel increase-is this increase over a number of rows? Could you type out how the stitches would be for the first row of increase for example of a small size. Thanks

    1. The increase for the heel is all worked in 1 row. For the small size cast on 15 stitches. You immediately start with the heel increase row as follows -
      knit 1 through back loop, knit 6, the next instruction which I am going to put into a square bracket is ALL worked into the NEXT STITCH - [k1, p1, k1, p1}. This should leave 7 more stitches to work on this row. Knit 6, yarn forward between the needles and slip the last stitch purlwise..

      The bracket is a multiple increase and is worked as follows - knit 1 but do not drop the stitch off the left needle. Bring the yarn forward and move the right needle so you can work a purl 1 but again do not drop the stitch off the left needle. Move the yarn back between the needles and work another knit 1 leaving the stitch on the left needle. Finally move the yarn forward again between the needles so you can work a purl 1 anf this time drop the stitch from the left needle. You have made 4 stitches from 1 stitch in this process.

      I hope that answers your question. For larger sizes you have to increase more stitches in this centre stitch as given in the instructions for larger sizes.

  7. Hi! I'm not a very experienced knitter, so I was wondering how difficult these are to make, and if these are made with separate sections sewn together?

    1. This is a fairly easy pattern. It is knitted in garter stitch with a couple of slipped stitches every other row to create the edges of the bottom of the foot. The slipper is knitted flat in one piece and then folded so the seam runs along the top of the foot. there is a large increase at the start of the pattern (the heel) and some decreases as you work down to the toe.
      I hope that helps.