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:

W&TK (Wrap & Turn - Knit side)

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

W&TP (Wrap & Turn - Purl side)

Move yarn to back (right side) of work, slip one stitch from left needle to right needle (purl-wise), move yarn to front (wrong side) 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 second-last st, W&TK.

Rw 4: P until second-last st, W&TP.

Rw 5: K to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, W&TK. (You will be knitting an odd number every time, one st less than last purl row.)

Rw 6: P to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, W&TP. (You will be purling an even number every time, one st less than last knit row.)

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

Turn Heel:

Next Rw (RS): K8, W&TK. (You will be wrapping the same stitch you already wrapped during the decreases.)

Next Rw (WS): P8, W&TP. (You will be wrapping the same stitch you already wrapped during the decreases.)

Foot increases:

Rw 1: Knit all knit stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, W&TK. (You will be knitting an odd number of stitches, and it will always be one more st than your last purl row).

Rw 2: Purl all purl stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, W&TP. (You will be purling an even number of sts, one more than the last knit row.)

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have wrapped the second-last st on your wrong-side row.

Middle of the foot:

Rw 1: Knit to end.

Rw 2: K1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 one time.

Toe decreases:

Rw 1: K until second-last st, W&TK.

Rw 2: P until second-last st, W&TP.

Rw 3: K to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, W&TK. (You will be knitting an odd number every time, one st less than last purl row.)

Rw 4: P to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, W&TP. (You will be purling an even number every time, one st less than last knit row.)

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

Turn Toe:

Next Rw (RS): K6, W&TK. (You will be wrapping the same stitch you already wrapped during the decreases.)

Next Rw (WS): P6, W&TP. (You will be wrapping the same stitch you already wrapped during the decreases.)

Toe increases:

Rw 1: Knit all knit stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, W&TK. (You will be knitting an odd number of stitches, and it will always be one more st than your last purl row).

Rw 2: Purl all purl stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, W&TP. (You will be purling an even number of sts, one more than the last knit row.)

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have wrapped the second-last st on your wrong-side row.

Next Rw (RS): Knit to end.

Next Rw (WS): K1, p to last st, k1.

Eyelet Row (RS):
SMALL: *K1, yo, k2tog*, repeat to end of row.
LARGE: K1, *k1, yo, k2tog*, repeat to last st, k1.

Next Row (WS): K1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Next Row (RS): Cast off. Weave in ends. Weave ribbon through eyelets, entering from the RS of slipper (should also finish 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, stitched 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: