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Basic Chunky Slippers

Basic Chunky Slippers

This is my favorite recipe for simple knitted slipper socks. 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.

Sizes

Sizes

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

S (M) L / 36 (40) 44 sts. Length of foot can be adjusted.

Foot circumference (unstretched)

7.5 (8.4) 9.3″ [19 (21) 23 cm] around

Gauge, notions, needles

Gauge

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

Recommended needles

US 1.5 32″ [4mm 80cm] or longer circular needles.

Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

If you need help with needle selection please read this guide.

Other

Measuring tape, scissors, piece of scrap yarn, tapestry needle

Yarn

Yarn used in the sample

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

You can replace it with any bulky/chunky weight wool and nylon blend yarn. 

Yardage

Novita Isoveli

  • 1 skein (130m (142 yds) / 100 g) is enough for most sizes. If you are making large men’s socks you can buy one extra skein.

Or a similar amount of chunky sock yarn (130m (142 yds) / 100 g).

Other suitable yarns

Pattern

Abbreviations

Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.

About the pattern

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.

This pattern is suitable for self-striping yarn because the heel construction does not break the striping pattern.

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.

A total of 16 sts for the toe.

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. This measurement is used for calculating the heel placement.

In the example, the toe measures 1.5″ (3.5 cm).

3. Work the foot

Knit in the round until your work measures

Desired lenght of socks foot - the length of your toe after increases

I recommend making the slipper 0.5″ (1 cm) shorter than the foot you are knitting it for.

If you are gifting the slippers you can use this size chart for estimating the foot length based on shoe size.

For instance if my foot length is 24.5cm I need to knit until my work measures 24.5cm – 3.5cm – 1cm = 20cm.

4. Place stitches for the cuff

on a 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.

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

This is how the heel looks like after you have closed it.

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).

This is how your work should look like after removing the scrap yarn.

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

9. 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 sts from the right needle back to the left needle), repeat from * to BOR.

Binding off the cuff stitches.

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