Basic chunky slippers

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This is my favorite recipe for simple knitted home slippers. I have written the pattern for chunky wool but it can easily be adapted to different yarn weights.

This pair of chunky slipper socks is knitted toe-up in one piece. The pattern is written for the magic loop method but can easily be adjusted for double-pointed needles as well.

Gauge, notions, needles

Gauge:  19 sts per 4″ (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.

Recommended needles: Main needles: US 1.5 32″ [4mm 80cm] or longer circular needles. Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: measuring tape, scissors, piece of scrap yarn, tapestry needle

Sizes

S (M) L / 36 (40) 44 sts

Finished measurements:

Foot circumference : 7.5 (8.4) 9.3’’ [19 (21) 23 cm] around

The length of the foot can be easily adjusted.

Select size with approximately 0.8’’ [2cm] of negative ease. Measure your foot circumference around the ball of the foot.

Yarn

Sample uses chunky wool and nylon blend sock yarn Novita Isoveli (130m (142 yds) / 100 g). The yarn is available at Lovecrafts and at Deramores.

You can replace it with any bulky/chunky weight wool and nylon blend yarn. Other good options are for instance:

Sample slippers:

Size M. Women’s shoe size US 8 / EU 38

Colorway 131 Bog Bilberry, (65g = 65m = 93 yds)

Abbreviations

BOR = beginning of round

CO = cast on

k = knit

k2tog = Knit 2 stitches together.

m1l = Make left leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from front to back. Then knit into the back of the stitch.

m1r = Make right leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the last stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from the back to the front. Then knit into the front of this stitch

p = purl

ssk = slip 1 st kwise, slip another st kwise, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together ( = decrease 1 st ).

st / sts = stitch / stitches

1. Cast on

CO 16 sts (8 sts / needle). Sample uses the Turkish cast-on method.

Divide the stitches evenly on two needles. Knit one round.

2. Shape the toe

Increase round:

Needle 1: k1, m1r, k to 1 st from end, m1l, k1.

Needle 2: Work the same way as Needle 1.

A total of 4 sts increased.

Increase every other round until you have a total of 36 (40) 44 sts (or until you reach the desired circumference).

Measure the length of your toe and write it down.

The length of your toe is used to calculate the heel placement.

3. Work the foot

Knit in the round until your work measures

Your foot length - the length of your toe after increases

For instance, if the length of my foot is 9’’ (23 cm) and my work measures 1.4’’ (3.5cm) I’ll knit until my work measures 9’’-1.4’’=7.6’’ (23cm-3.5cm=19.5cm).

4. Place stitches for the cuff on scrap yarn

Needle 1: Take a piece of scrap yarn in a different color and leaving the working yarn aside, use it to k the sts on Needle 2. Then, transfer all those sts back to the left needle (without twisting) and k over the scrap yarn using the working yarn.

Needle 2: k all sts.

These slippers have afterthought cuff.

5. Heel

Needle 1: k1, ssk, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1

Needle 2: Work the same way as Needle 1.

Decrease every other round until you have a total of 16 sts (8 sts / needle) remaining.

Ready to close the heel.

6. Close the heel

Graft the heel using the Kitchener stitch.

7. Unravel the stitches placed on the scrap yarn

Unravel the scrap yarn and place the stitches evenly on two needles. You should have now a total of 36 (40) 44 sts (or a similar amount as you had for the body of your slipper).

After unraveling the scrap yarn.

7. Make the back of the heel

In order to improve the fit of the slippers, we are going to make the back of the heel a little bit higher by knitting a few extra rows.

With the back of the heel and RS facing you attach the yarn to the work.

Row 1 (RS): K to the end of needle, pick up and knit 1 st between the needles. Turn your work.

Row 2 (WS): P to the end of needle, pick up and knit 1 st between the needles. Turn your work.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 once more. A total of 40 (44) 48 sts.

Turn your work and k one round.

With the back of the heel and RS facing you attach the yarn to the work.

8. Bind-off

Bind-off using the i-cord bind-off method as follows:

CO 3 sts (sample uses knitted cast-on method).

*(k2, k2tog tbl, slip the worked sts back to the left needle), repeat from * to BOR.

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