I have recently discovered Pinterest with its endless project lists and inspiring pictures. I looked at endless pictures of slippers, with or without pattern and I found a simple model I thought would be straightforward to knit for family and friends for the holiday season. The inspiration picture can be found here as well as the Pinterest board.
Needles: US8 5.0mm circular needle
Yarn: Medium yarn number 4 100% pure virgin wool
Large tapestry needle
3 Stitch markers
Gauge: 7 stitches by 12 row for a 2 inch X 2 inch square in stockinette stitch
Heel and foot
Cast on 30 stitches by the method of your choose (I like the long tail cast on).
Knit in Garter stitch for 30 rows (15 bumps).
Join the last stitch to the first stitch to knit in the round placing a marker at the junction.
Separate the sole and top of the foot as follow: The first and last 8 stitches are the top of the foot and the 14 stitches in between are the sole.
Knit 8, Place a Marker, Knit 14, Place a Marker, Knit 8
Knit in the round for 24 rows.
1st row : k6, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k6 (28 stitches)
2nd row : k4, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k10, k2tog,k1,k2tog, k4 (24 stitches)
3rd row : k,3 k2tog, k1,k2tog, k8, k2tog,k1,k2tog, k3 (20 stitches)
4th row : k2, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k6, k2tog,k1,k2tog, k2 (16 stitches)
5th row : k1, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k4, k2tog,k1,k2tog, k1 (12 stitches)
6th row : k2tog, k1,k2tog, k2, k2tog,k1,k2tog (8 stitches)
Cut off 15 to 20 inches from the end of the toe and secure the 8 last stitches by running the yarn through the 8 loops and make a knot with the tapestry needle. Weave the end of the yarn in the wrong face of the slipper.
With the tapestry needle, sew the heel of the slipper and weave in the end of the yarn in the slipper.
Repeat for the second slipper.
Enjoy warm feet!
As I am finishing the 10th pairs of slippers (yes, 20 slippers!), I came across a very similar pattern by Simone of the Temple of Knit on the Ravelry website and thought I would mention.