Monday, November 9, 2009

Slippers knitting pattern





Here is the knitting pattern for these cozy slippers in a medium adult size. I didn't design the slippers, this is a classic pattern that has been around for ages. The slippers are knit on straight needles with two strands of yarn and seamed at the heel and front.


Supplies:

Two skeins of worsted weight yarn

Size US 9 needles

Tapestry needle for seams

Abbreviations:

K2TOG
: Knit two stitches together

SKP: Slip one stitch from the left needle to the right needle, knit the next stitch, and then pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and let it drop.

Gauge: 8 rows of garter stitch with two strands of yarn = 1"

To knit the slippers:

With two strands of yarn, cast on 29 stitches.


Row 1: K9, P1, K9, P1, K9 (this is the wrong side).


Row 2: Knit.


Repeat these two rows until the piece is 6 inches long or 2 inches shorter than your foot, ending on a wrong side row.


Begin the toe ribbing
:

Row 1: P1,*K1, P1, repeat from *.


Row 2: K1, *P1, K1, repeat from *.


Repeat until the ribbing is 2 inches long, ending on a wrong side row.


Shape the toe:

Row 1: Rib 7 stitches, SKP, K1, K2TOG, Rib 5, SKP, K1, K2TOG. Rib to end of row.


Row 2: Rib 7 stitches, P3, Rib 5, P3. Rib to end of row.


Row 3: Rib 6 stitches, K2TOG, K1, SKP, Rib 3, K2TOG, K1, SKP. Rib to end of row. You will have 21 stitches.

Finish the slippers:

Cut the yarn with a 24 inch tail. Thread the tapestry needle and slip it through the stitches once, and then do it again in the same direction. Pull the stitches as tightly together as possible to close the toe of the slipper.

Seam the front portion of the slipper one inch in to the garter stitch section.

Seam the heel until you reach the purl stitched edge of the sole. Sew an overcast stitch all around the edge and pull tightly to close the heel. Secure the yarn with a few stitches and weave in end.

33 comments:

Theresa said...

Oh my, you lost me at knitting... hehe:) I do love them but I would have to have hands on lessons. Thanks for sharing the pattern, I will pass it on to knitters I know. Have a blessed day!

Suz said...

Now if only I knit
I will give the pattern to my mom...she loves me and knows that I would like a red pair..thanks

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Super cute and soooo cozy!
Great job.

Kimberly :)

Dogwood said...

Yea...aahhh~I think I will stays with those easy things like scarves and baby blankets! Really cute!

Have a fun day.

Rachel said...

These are GREAT! I might even try my hand at this pattern... maybe. All that sewing together frightens me haha.

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Very cool...now I'm trying to figure out how to do this in crochet.

Thanks for the inspiration! And by the way, I love Eric Maisel's books, I've found them very helpful.

Susan

Woollywotnots said...

Fab slippers and knit in super quick time. I love the wool you've chosen. Thanks for sharing : )

Kathy said...

Thank you for posting this pattern. My late Grandmother used to make these for us when we were growing up. Now I can make some for my family! One question-can you please explain how to do the rib? Thanks.

Kathy said...

Oops! Never mind. I read your instructions again and found it - DUH- my bad!

Maureen said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern! I learned to knit from one of my dear aunts by making this exact slipper pattern ohhh so many years ago.

Anonymous said...

Me too, Maureen. I need to make some more. Love them.

Nik said...

When you shape the toe and say to 'Rib 7 stitches, SKP, K1, K2TOG, Rib 5, SKP, K1, K2TOG. Rib to end of row', how do I know if I am to begin with a knit or purl on the rib 5 portion of that row? Or where I need to rib to the end of the row, do I begin with a knit or purl? Sorry for the hassle, my great grandmother used to make these for my grandmother and the final pair she has are wearing out. I'd like to make her a new pair very soon. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I made a pair last night while I was watching television. I love them and I will be making another pair tomorrow.
Thankyou for sharing.

Janet

JRo said...

Yay! Thank you! I made these for my little girl and she absolutely loves them. It's so great that I can make something for her when I just started learning to knit about a month ago. Thank you so much for posting this!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Great pattern. Thanks for sharing it! I'm going to give it a go!
Angela

Robynne said...

This pattern has been around at least 50 years! It is fast,cozy, cute, or handsome. We added a pom pom ball for girls when it made the gift show circuits. It is even more sturdy w/ 3 strands. It one of the all time favs... txs for featuring it here.

Stacy said...

You're welcome, Robynne. Thanks for your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Greeeat pattern, once my grandma taught me, i had them done in about 4 hours. <3

Unknown said...

A family friend taught me to knit years ago; these slippers were my first project. My granddaughter (5) wanted slippers last week and when I looked for a pattern on the Internet, couldn't find one I liked. So I did this one from memory, only I cast on 23 stitches and did K7, P1,K7, P1, K7. I made up the decrease at the end, but they came out fine. I'd drawn around Grace's feet so I'd know how long to make them.

Anonymous said...

I knitted a pair of these a few weeks ago and I added a crochet edge around the top, but after a while they became to loose so I threaded some hat elastic around each one and now they stay on perfect.
Thank you so much for the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern! It was super easy to follow and I can't stop making these great little booties!!

Brandy D said...

Thank you soo much for the patttern. I'm a new knitter this was actually my very first time to follow a set pattern and it was so easy and fun! Thanks again :)

Geraldine from CA said...

Thanks so much for this pattern. I have been looking for this. I'm a new knitter, but I want to knit these for x-mas gifts in honor of my mother who could only knit these slippers. Thanks again.

mamamolly said...

My grandmother used to make this same pattern every year. she would make enough for all the family and stack them in drawers then at Christmas she would pull them out and wrap each pair. She would make about 75 to 100 pair. Oh how I miss them. I make them now and I'm trying to make enough for my children and grandchildren and hope to make enough for my siblings and their spouses,
Molly (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this pattern. I have just started to knit and was looking for an easy pattern. I think this looks like something I can try.

peggy said...

Thank u for the pattern!!!may I have the permission to translate that in Greek for my blog???

Anonymous said...

My mother made these for my sisters and me for years. Can't even begin to count how many she made for us to give as gifts to teachers and friends!!!! Everyone just loved them. So excited to have found the instructions so I can make some. THANKS!!!

Kaira Bergstra said...

Thank you for these! Just made a pair. I like how the back is easy (instead of casting on incrementally).

piebirdsue said...

This is what I am looking for, but I need a pattern in a toddler, 4 year old size, for my budding ballerina. Can anyone help please?

Anonymous said...

Can you provide guidance on sizes? I want to knit a man's size 11 (US).

Anonymous said...

I am wearing a pair of these right now. They were knitted by my paternal grandmother over 40 years ago. Thank you for the pattern!

Anonymous said...

When you say "Ending on a wrong side row"...Do you mean you knit that wrong side row, then end?

Anonymous said...

I'm having trouble understanding the back seam. Sorry. Do I simply fold cast on edge wrong sides together and stitch? A photo or vid would be so helpful. Thank you!