My mom taught me how to make these slippers many years ago and I have been teaching Rebekah and some girls how to knit them the last few weeks. They are SO easy and you only need to know 2 stitches - knit and purl. These would be great for Christmas presents too. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to finish a pair in a day.
This pattern is for regular width feet, you would have to reduce the amount you cast on for children's feet or maybe add more for men's feet.
Using 2 balls of 4 ply yarn (they can be the same or different colours) and size 10 (6mm) needles, cast on 29, leaving about a 12 inch yarn tail.
Row 2 - knit 9, purl 1, knit 9, purl 1, knit 9
Row 1 - knit all across
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until slipper is about 3 inches shorter than your foot. End on row 1.
Row 1 - knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, repeat across the row.
Row 2 - purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, repeat across the row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 2 1/2 inches.
Cut yarn about a foot long and thread through a big needle.
Thread yarn back through all the stitches on the needle.
Then take the slipper off the needle.
Now, pull the yarn as tight as you can to close the toe and sew up to the end of the toe section, or just a bit further.
Fold the slipper in half, lining up the ridges and using the yarn from the heel, sew the heel up.
Now just enjoy your warm, toasty feet! Or, crochet flowers to attach to your slippers, which I will share later.
End Note: If you want to change the width of these slippers, you need to change it to a number by increments of 6 starting with 29. It has to be an odd number so that the toe pattern works. You can lower it or raise it (23,29,35). So if you start by casting on 23, your row 2 would be knit 7, purl 1, knit 7, purl 1, knit 7.
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