Graceful Slippers (Knitting Pattern)

Edit on Sept. 24, 2011: I just noticed that I mistakenly used "Rnd" instead of "Rw" when creating this pattern. My apologies for confusion this may have caused. These are meant to be knit on straight needles, turning after every row. Happy knitting!

I just recently finished making these for my friend Robin, as a "pamper the new mommy*" present. I have had a couple of requests for the pattern, so here it is.

I have made these slippers several times--they are warm and cozy, and unlike many slipper patterns, I find them very flattering to the feet. Also, the whole project can be completed in 2-4 hours. Despite the fact that for this pair, all I had kicking around was a somewhat masculine green, I "dolled it up" by using a strip of sunflower fabric that I trimmed with pinking shears for my ribbon.

Yarn

Shetland Chunky (75% Acrylic/25% Wool, 135 m/148 yds), or any yarn with a similar gauge. (I recommend something with some wool in it for durability.) These slippers were in the Sage Green colourway. I used less than half of a 100g (3 1/2 oz.) ball for these, so they are great stash-busters!

Other supplies

6 mm (size 10) straight needles, yarn needle, approx. 18"-20" ribbon or decorated cotton fabric (trimmed with pinking shears), 2 stitch markers (small pieces of yarn tied in a loop will do)

Gauge

16 sts & 24 rows=4"/10 cm. over stockinette stitch using 6 mm (size 10) needles. While the gauge on this pattern is somewhat forgiving, do take time to check it.

Notes

There are two sizes in this pattern, Medium (ladies' size 6-8) and Large (ladies' size 9-10). After making this pattern once, you will find it very easy to alter to any size you need by adjusting the number of cast-on stitches. Heels should have about 2" of stitches remaining at the shortest section, and toes about 1 1/2".

Stitch Glossary:

WTK

Move yarn to front (right side) of the work, slip one stitch from left needle to right needle (purl-wise), move yarn to back of work, slip stitch from right needle back to left needle, turn work.

WTP

Move yarn to front (right side) of work, slip one stitch from left needle to right needle (purl-wise), move yarn to back of work, slip stitch from right needle to left needle, turn work.

Both slippers are created using the same pattern.

Helpful Hint:

While it is not absolutely necessary to use markers to keep track of where you are, you will have to do a lot less "un-knitting" if you do. Place markers on the "inside" of the stitch you just wrapped on the decreases, and on the "outside" of the stitch you just wrapped on the increases.

Cast-On at Cuff:

Cast on 30 (32) sts.

Rw 1 (RS): Knit.

Rw 2: K1, purl to last stitch, K1, turn.

Rw 3: K until 2 sts remaining, WTK.

Rw 4: P until 2 sts remaining, WTP.

*Rw 5: K to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTK.

Rw 6: P to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTP.*

Repeat rows 5 & 6 until you are purling only 8 stitches across between wrap-and-turns.

Turn Heel:

Next Rw (RS): Knit across 8 sts, WTK. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)

Next Rw (WS): Purl across 8 sts, WTP. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)

Foot increases:

Rw 1: Knit across all previously worked knit stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTK.

Rw 2: Purl across all previously worked purl stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTP.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have reached the last 2 stitches on your wrong-side row. *Turn your work, knit to end. Turn work, P1, knit to last stitch, P1.* Repeat between * *'s one time.

Toe decreases:

Rw 1: K until 2 sts remaining, WTK.

Rw 2: P until 2 sts remaining, WTP.

*Rw 3: K to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTK.

Rw 4: P to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTP.*

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you are purling only 6 stitches across between wrap-and-turns.

Turn Toe:

Next Rw (RS): Knit across 6 sts, WTK. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)

Next Rw (WS): Purl across 6 sts, WTP. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)

Toe increases:

Rw 1: Knit across all previously worked knit stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTK.

Rw 2: Purl across all previously worked purl stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTP.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have reached the last 2 stitches on your wrong-side row.

Turn your work, knit to end. Turn work, P1, knit to last stitch, P1.

Eyelet Row: *K1, yo, k2tog*, repeat to end of row. (For Large size, K1, *K1, yo, k2tog*, repeat to last st, K1).

Next WS Row: K1, purl to last stitch, K1.

Next RS Row: Cast off. Weave in ends. Weave ribbon through eyelets, starting from outside of slipper (should also end coming out on the RS of slipper). Pull tight and tie in a knot or bow. Ribbons may need to have the ends finished with FrayStop or a rolled hem.

Please e-mail me if you find any errors in this pattern.

Copyright 2010 Talena Winters. Public use is allowed, but please give credit.

*I'm not sure Robin can be called a "new mommy", since she just had her fifth baby. But she is mommy to a new baby, and I figure that's call for some pampering!

Edit: New photos of another set I made out of Peruvian Highland Wool: