Knitting at KNoon Designs - Family of Slippers
© Chris de Longpré, Knitting At KNoon Designs, 2004, All Rights Reserved
Yarn - Worsted weight wool for felting; choose a light worsted for double stranding. Yardage is approximate, but adult, size 9 slippers, single stranded, require about 200 yds for slippers and 80 yds for cuffs, plus 25 yds of novelty yarn for optional embellishment.
Needles - US size 11 (8mm), 16" circular (optional for adult slippers) and 4 double-point needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Other - Tapestry needle.Gauge: 13 sts and 18 rows = 4" (10cm) in stockinet stitch
Adult - US Shoe Size = 5-13; Foot Length = 9"-12"
Youth - US Shoe Size = 9-4; Foot Length = 6-1/4"-9"
Toddler - US Shoe Size = 1-8; Foot Length = 3-1/2"-6"
1) Certain colors (white and yellow, in particular) may not felt. It is essential to swatch and test the felting properties of the wool!
2) A suitable knit-along yarn is one with a fine core that will not substantially change the gauge of the knitting and will not felt (such as a man-made fiber).
3) Felting: Set washer load size to small and fill with very hot water. Add a small amount of mild soap. Place slippers in a mesh bag and toss in the washer with several pairs of jeans. Agitate, checking size every five minutes. Do not run through the spin cycle. When fabric is desired density and correct foot length has been reached, remove slippers and rinse thoroughly in cool water. Roll in a towel to remove as much excess water as possible. Shape with your hands and allow to dry completely. Slippers can be firmly stuffed with plastic bags to assist with shaping.
With cuff yarn and circular needle, cast on 44 sts. Knit 12 rounds for short cuff or 20 to 24 rounds for tall cuff, incorporating knit-along yarn in first 6 (short cuff) to 8 (tall cuff) rounds if desired. Switch to main color and knit one round. Knit the first 11 sts of the next round, turn work. With double-point needle, slip the first st and purl 21 sts. Leave 22 sts on circular needle for instep and work heel flap back and forth, using two double-point needles for 19 more rows, slipping the first st of each row. Turn the heel(on-site demo): Next row, slip 1, purl 12, p2tog, p1, turn. Slip 1, knit 5, ssk, k1, turn. Slip 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn. Continue in this manner, increasing the number of sts worked by 1 each row, until 14 sts remain, ending with a right side row. With right side of heel facing, slip the heel stitches (working from right to left) onto the instep needle. Pick up and knit 11 gusset sts (on-site demo) along the left side of the heel flap. Place marker. Knit across the instep sts. Place marker. Pick up and knit 11 gusset sts along the right side of the heel flap. Knit 7 heel stitches. Place marker. Knit one round even. Gusset decreases: Knit to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, knit to second marker, slip marker, ssk, knit to end. Work gusset decreases every round for 4 rounds and every other round for 6 rounds more (44 sts remain). Work even until foot measures the same as desired finished foot length from back of heel. Shape toe: Knit to 3 sts before first marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before second marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, knit to end. Work one round even. Repeat these two rounds until 20 sts remain, switching to double-point needles when reduction in sts makes it necessary. Knit 5 sts from needle 1 onto needle 3 (10 sts on each of two needles). Join with the kitchener st (on-site demo). Make second slipper the same as the first. Weave in ends and felt.
Work as for adult slippers with the following changes: Cast on 36 sts, and divide evenly on 3 needles. Work cuff as for adult slippers. Knit 18 sts as heel flap, reserving 18 sts for instep. Work heel flap for 16 rows. Turn heel: slip 1, p10, p2tog, p1, turn. Slip 1, k5, ssk, k1 turn. Slip 1, p6, p2tog, p1. Turn. Continue in this manner, working one more st each row until 12 sts remain. Pick up and knit 10 gusset sts each side. Work gusset decreases as for adult slippers (36 sts remain). Work even until piece measures ½" more than the desired finished foot length. 16 sts remain after shaping toe (8 on each of 2 needles).
Work as for youth slippers with the following changes: Cast on 32 sts. Work cuff as for adult slippers. Knit 16 sts as heel flap, reserving 16 sts for instep. Work heel flap for 12 rows. Turn heel: slip 1, p8, p2tog, p1, turn. Slip 1, k3, ssk, k1, turn. Slip 1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn, continuing to work in this manner, working one more st each row until 10 sts remain. Pick up and knit 8 gusset sts each side. Work gusset decreases every round for 2rounds and every other round for 6 rounds more (32 sts remain). Work even until piece measures ½" more than the desired finished foot length. 12 sts remain after shaping toe (6 on each of 2 needles).
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