Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another take on two needle slippers

Free pattern: Sorry I can't remember where I found it online. It's been in my pattern book for a couple years and just recently did I decide to pull it out and try it. I've used the other easy slipper pattern several times for the family but they all had the same complaint. "I don't like the hole at the end 'cuz my toes stick out!"
Plus the boys thought they appeared girlish.This pattern comes up around the ankle and looks more like a boot when finished.
Here's the pair I made for Jaimey.

About 150 yards of Worsted or Aran yarn
Size 5 for kids, size 6 for adults

Directions are for children, with adult sizing in parenthesis

Cast on 76 (86)
Knit 14 rows of garter stitch

Decrease row 1 - K 35 (40), K2tog, P2, SSK, K 35 (40)
Decrease row 2 - P 34 (39), SSP, K2, P2tog, P 34 (39)

Continue working these two decrease rows, keeping the decreases on either side of the center two stitches, until there are 40 (50) stitches left.

Work 7 rows of garter stitch. For a fold down cuff, work additional rows. Bind off with a size 8 or 9 needle (keeps the cuff fro being too tight) and seam back and sole.

Note: SSP~ this stitch is tricky and I did it wrong on the first slipper but once you get it, its really makes the slipper look great. When you slip, make sure your yarn is in the purl position and put the stitches all the way back on the left needle. You'll go in through the back of the stitch from inside to outside and if you are not careful you'll push the stitches off the needle trying to get the right needle back through. When you purl, it will feel all wrong and the stitch seems to be backward but just go with it. (It really is backward because you are doing it on the backside of the pattern.)

Anyway, it sounds scary but give it a try. If I can do it, so can you. If you need help, just let me know.


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