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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

New-fashioned, Old-fashioned Slipper

One Piece Slipper


Materials:  Worsted weight yarn
            Size 7 or 8 (US) needles

Terms:      inc - increase
            dec - decrease
            K2togB - Knit two stitches together through the back loops.

Cast on 2 sts.
1.  Increase in both stitches (4 sts)
2.  Knit
3.  K1, increase in both following stitches, K1 (6 sts).
4.  Knit.
5.  K1, inc, K2, inc, K1 (8 sts)
6.  Knit.

Continue like this, increasing 1 stitch at each end (just after the first and just before the last stitch) of every other row until you have 20 (22, 24) stitches.  Your last two rows would be:

K1, inc., K14 (16, 18), inc, K1

Now begin decreasing.

K1, K2tog, K14 (16, 18), K2togB, K1

Continue like this, decreasing 1 stitch at each end (just after the first and just before the last stitch) of every other row until you are back to your original 2 sts.

Now begin increasing again and this time, continue increasing until you have 40 (44, 48) stitches.
Your last row for this section would be:

K1, inc, K34 (36, 38), inc, K1.

Begin decreasing again, only until you have 20 (22, 24) stitches on the needle and then increase back up to 40 (44, 48) stitches.  Now you’re going to begin shaping the heel.

1.  K1, K2tog, K15 (17, 19), K2tog, K2togB, K15 (17, 19), K2togB, K1
2.  Knit
3.  K1, K2tog, K13 (15, 17), K2tog, K2togB, K13 (15, 17), K2togB, K1
4.  Knit

Continue this way until you have 4 stitches left - this goes quickly because every decrease row eliminates 4 stitches.  Then:

Sl2 tog knitwise, K2tog, pass slipped stitches over.

You have one stitch left.  Cut your yarn leaving a 4 or 5 inch tail.  Draw the end of the tail through the last stitch and pull tightly.


Now comes the fun part :)  Referring to the above schematic, sew A to B, C to D, E to F and G to H.  Then sew I to J and K to L.  And there you have it!  I recommend sewing thing together in the order given because it’s easy to get a bit confused - but, of course, you can sew it in whatever order appeals to you :)  Using different colors for the various sections makes it a bit easier to see which side gets joined to which.  You can ignore the two edges at the far right of the diagram.  That would have been the heel seam, but you’ve already taken care of that during the last set of decreases.

Sometime I’m also going to try picking up the stitches around the opening and knitting a thick, fold-over cuff to keep the ankles snuggly.  I’ll update this pattern if I’m successful with that :)


Cuffed Slipper

I picked up the stitches around the opening to work a fold-over cuff. I wound up with 40 stitches and worked 2×2 ribbing for about 3”. Then I switched over to stockinette and worked another 3.5 – 4”. The ribbing lies under the fold-over and is there mainly to keep the cuff snugged up to the ankle. What shows is the reverse stockinette of the fold-over. You could show the front side of the stockinette by purling every round instead of knitting, as I did.

Babbled by Robbyn on 01/14 at 11:32 AM
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  1. Seems from today’s post that you have further refined this? Perhaps with a larger square for the bottom of the slipper?

    I did a doll version of these once. Only once. Doll has to hop around on one foot. Anyhow, I had an eighth square at the heel…and it fits the doll.

    Hoping to try this adult sized this week.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  06/21  at  10:12 AM
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  2. Hi Cosmo :)  No, I didn’t change the size of the square, I just added a cuff.  Seems to work.  I hope your adult-sized pair come out well.  I find these fun to do and they work up pretty quickly!

    Posted by Robbyn  on  06/21  at  10:18 AM
    Location : In La-La Land

  3. Oooooh, this looks fun.  I am a member of All Crafts for Charity (AC4C), and this looks like it would be a good one to try.  I get bored doing the same pattern all the time and am guilty of changing them.  This one is definately on my to try list.  In fact, my next project…ok make that in addition to the wip now. Thanks for sharing. ;)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/07  at  06:25 PM
    Location : Bagdad AZ USA

  4. You’re welcome!

    Posted by Robbyn  on  09/07  at  07:48 PM
    Location : On top of Old Smokey...

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