Sunday, December 14, 2008

Favoroite boot slippers

These knit slippers use short rows for a much better fit than most slippers.

There are many variations possible. Knit them up in one color or use up your stash and knit in stripes.

They fit most woman. For babies use one strand of baby weight yarn and size 3 US needles. CO 44 sts and complete using the pattern below, but knit in garter stitch for only 1 inch.

14 sts=4"

One strand of bulky weight yarn or two strands of worsted weight held together
Size 9 US (5.5 mm) needles


CO 48 sts.
P every row in garter stitch for 2 inches (approx 12 rows). End with WS facing you (your choice as to which side will be the WS).
Introduce second color (if desired) and P across row.
K next row, then P next row.
With RS facing, begin first set of decreasing row as follows:

Dec Row Part 1: K18, k2tog 3 times, place marker to designate middle of slipper, k2tog 3 times, K1, turn (turn work around so you are now on the WS or purl side of the slipper).
Dec Row Part 2: P8, turn (turn work around again to RS or knit side of work).
Dec Row Part 3: K8 (you will see a gap), pick up the base of the right needle's last K st and add it to the left needle, now knit the st to the left of this new st with the newly placed st together (this decreases the st you just added, but also fills in the hole that would have been created by the gap). K across remaining sts.

This is the same as Make One (M1) except you are using the wrap at the base of the last K st on the right needle and not picking up a st between the left and right needle. Sounds complicated, but just give it a try. It's not necessary and if you want to skip this step you can. You will have a slight hole on the left side of the slipper for each dec row however.
Next Row: Purl

Repeat the 3 part Dec Row and purl row 3 times more, knitting across to 6 sts before marker, changing colors as desired.

On last Dec Row, inc 1 st at the beginning and end as follows to allow for a larger cuff:

Last Dec Row: K1, inc 1 (k in front and back of next st) to avoid a gap, do the Dec Row as above by knitting to within 6 sts of marker and k2tog 3 times, slip marker, k2tog 3 times, k1, turn.

When you have finished all 3 parts of the last Dec Row, then p1, inc 1 (P in front and back of next st), p across remaining sts (26 sts).

Begin Ribbing:
K1, p1 loosely across for 12 Rows. Bind off loosely.

Sew up cuff, heel, and foot.

If you want you can spray the bottom of the slippers with any nonskid spray that is washable for better traction.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.

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