Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Slipper Pattern--Knit and Felted

This is a pattern for knitting slippers that are very easy.  They are knit large and then washed in hot water in the washing machine so that they felt.
It is a variation on a slipper pattern that I made before. It is similar to the French Press Felted Slippers, but made entirely differently, so I hope that it is not too close!
 So without any more ado, this is what you do:
A Periwinkle Pattern by Michelle Harris, 2010

Size:  women’s foot size medium, about 9-1/2" long.  If it is too big, you can wash it again to shrink it more.
Size will vary according to how much your yarn felts up when washed, and even whether you wash it once, or twice.

Yarn:    Swedish Matt-Garn,  2 skeins, 100 g (110 m per skein) or any number of colors that total 160 grams, Similar yarns include Cascade 220 or other DK weights in 100% wool do not get super-wash wool, it will not felt.
    If your yarn is a bit thinner, you will get a finer gauge, and the slippers will be a bit smaller.
    You’ll also need 2 large buttons (for decoration)

Needles: 6mm or 6.5mm straight knitting needles
Gauge:  11-½ st =4 inches with Matt-Garn, 12 st = 4 inches using finer yarn, makes a smaller slipper

The project is worked using 2 strands of yarn held together. You can choose 2 threads of the same color, 2 different colors, or you can keep one color constant while shifting colors on the second thread.
  How to add new threads:   To prevent lumps when adding new colors, and so that you don‘t have lots of ends to weave in later, you can splice the old and new threads. This is easiest if the end of the thread has been pulled off rather than cut .   When you have about 2 inches (5 cm) of yarn left on one of the pieces, take your new thread, and twist the wispy pieces together, twining them to make a single thread and then try to twist them together with your ongoing thread.  This is simpler than it sounds, just try it!

---Slipper is worked back and forth on 2 straight needles.
--- “knit 2 into the same stitch” is an increase. Knit into the front of the stitch, but don’t pull it off, knit into the back of the stitch and then pull it off,
---knit both slippers the same, but when sewing together, just make sure the straps face different directions.

Cast on 20 stitches
 Knit one row.
Row 2: Knit to the last 5 stitches, knit into the front and back of these 5 stitches so that you now have 25 stitches.  This will round the end, it is the TOE end.
Knit 4 rows in garter stitch
Increase Row:  From the heel end, Knit 2, *Purl 2, K2 in next stitch,* until 6 stitches remain.  Place marker, Knit the last 6 stitches.
      The 2 stitches at the heel end of the row, and the 6 at the toe end will be knit in garter stitch (knit on every row) while the stitches between are a knit2, purl2 rib.
     Continue in pattern until the piece measures 18 cm.

With the toe end facing, knit 6 stitches, *K2, P2 together*, repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain,  k2
Knit all stitches for 4 rows
 From the toe end, decrease 5 stitches by K2 together on the first 10 stitches, then finish knitting the row Loosely bind off all stitches.  Cut yarn, leaving a 12” tail to sew seam with.
Fold each slipper in half and sew together the ends.

these are the pieces you will have before sewing together
this is what it looks like when you sew the end seams.  the toe end is shown at the right side.
Make 2 straps:  these are both knit the same way.
Cast on 9 stitches
Knit 7 rows in stockinette stitch (Knit on front, purl on back)
Row 8, P2 together, purl until the last 2 stitches, purl 2 together.
continue in stockinette stitch.
Row 15: K2 together, K3, K2 together
Row 16, purl
Row 17 K2 together, K1, K2 together
Bind Off.

Place slippers side by side and make sure that the straps point in opposite directions. Place the strap over the  slipper and determine where you want it to fasten down.  Stitch through both layers to hold it in place on the wide side.  Leave the small end which points to the outside of the foot loose, but weave in the tail end of the thread. 

Felt the slipper
Before felting, the slippers will look something like this:

To felt them, just put them through a hot/cold cycle in the washing machine with some detergent and other stuff to make up a full load.  I use a front loader, so I can't stop it to check what's happening.  Front loaders usually don't felt as completely as top loaders because they have less agitation, so I usually have to put them through 2 wash loads.
When you remove them after the spin cycle, they should feel a lot tighter.  You can do some shaping by pushing or pulling, or just putting them on your foot to get them to mold to the right shape.  (Take them off) and let them dry.
Find 2 nice buttons that look nice with the color of wool you have used.  Sew the buttons to the straps, going through all layers to hold the strap in place.  You might want to put the slipper on your foot to determine the placement.
You can see that one of mine might need to be resewn, since it went a bit wonky,
It is easy to make the slipper bigger or smaller by adding/removing stitches, or using a different size of needles or yarn.  The good thing is that they are quite quick to make, you could easily knit a slipper in an evening or less.
Keep those toes warm!


  1. nice pattern - it's in the queue for after christmas! and i had a lovely time in periwinkle yesterday (speaking of more things for the queue...). friendly, calm, restful, invigorating, centering, inspiring - all the things that we need during the holiday turmoil! merry christmas to you and yours - and merry christmas to the peri-people! some of my very favorite people in the world!

  2. Merry Christmas to you too Molly! hoe you have a great time with your favorite people and you find some quality time with your knitting needles! (and fabric too) m

  3. They look so cozy and warm. I wonder how long they'd survive the cats (they really love wool and felted items too).
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. :)

  4. absolutely love these - so simple - but SUCH a lovely result! Can't wait to start!

  5. I'm going to take the plunge and try to make my first pair of slippers - only my 5th time knitting ever! If I want them in a size 10 1/2-11, how many stitches would I have to add?

  6. Yes, I wonder as well about adjusting the pattern for size 11 shoes.


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