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Monday, 20 May 2013

Learn to Knit Adult Bootie Slippers

hand knit slippers
I've been asked by a number of people to knit them slippers that are a little more snug and that they can sleep in without falling off.  Now, I can't guarantee that these will stay on your feet all night but with the extended cuff, they certainly will stay on much better than any of the other slippers that I make.

I've also decided that it's time to put a little more good out in the universe and make this a free pattern available to anyone that wants it.  Right now I've got the sizing down for a woman's size 6 - 11 and a man's size 5 - 10.  Larger sizes and a children's version of these slippers is in development.  I can't give an estimate on how long that will take.

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Like my other free child slippers and adult slippers patterns, it is available as an instant download.  You can find it in my online shop as Adult Bootie Slippers. Sign up for the website and get your download. (FYI most of my free patterns on this blog can be downloaded there 😉)

knittted slippers free pattern

This is also a great pattern to practice picking up stitches and working on double pointed needles, or working in the round.  Double pointed needles seems very intimidating but really it's the same as regular knitting needles; you just don't flip your work back and forth. If you've never done it before, don't worry! In the tutorial below I show every single step including how to pick up the stitches for the heel and cuff. Once you watch how it's done you'll wonder why you never did it before.

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Things you will need:- 250 gr of worsted weight yarn (usually this is less but better to have too much).
- Size 5 (US size 8) single pointed knitting needles or whatever size to obtain correct gauge.
- Set of four size 5 (US size 8) double pointed needles or same size as the single pointed needles.
12 rows stockinette = 2"
9 stitches stockinette = 2"
Be sure to check your gauge to obtain correct sizing!
Slippers are given for a woman's size 6-7 (8-9, 10-11) or a man's 5-6 (7-8, 9-10).
Cast on 42 (42, 42) sts
Row 1: K3 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. K14 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 1 more time. P2 K3.
Row 2: P3 *K2 P2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. K12 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. P3.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 26 (30, 34) rows total.
Next row: K2tog K1 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. K14 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 1 more time. P2 K1 K2tog. (40 sts)
Next row: *P2 K2* Repeat from * to* 2 more times. P2 K12 *P2 K2* Repeat from * to* 2 more times. P2.
Next row: K2 *P2 K2* Repeat From *to* 2 more times. K14 *P2 K2* Repeat from *to* 1 more time. P2 K2.
Repeat from ☺ to ☺ for 20 (22, 24) rows total.
Shape Toe:
Row 1: *K2tog P2tog* Repeat From *to* 2 more times. K2tog 8 times. *P2tog K2tog* Repeat from * to* 1 more time. P2tog K2tog. (20 sts)
Row 2: *P1 K1* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. P1 K6 *P1 K1* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. P1.
Row 3: K1 K2tog 4 times K1 K2tog 5 times. (11 sts)
Row 4: P4 K3 P4.
Break yarn and draw yarn through the stitches to form the toe.
Form Heel: Need a bit of extra help with the heel and cuff? Scroll to the bottom of the page for a shorter video demonstrating where and how to do it. Or click here to go to YouTube.
With right side of the slipper facing you, pick up 14 sts on one of your double pointed needles along the sole of the slipper. Work the stitches with another of your double pointed needles. 
Row 1-4: Knit across.
Row 5: K2tog K10 K2tog. (12 sts)
Row 6-7: Knit across.
Row 8: K2tog K8 K2tog. (10 sts)
Row 9-10: Knit across.
Row 11: K2tog K6 K2tog. (8 sts)
Row 12-13: Knit across.
Row 14: K2tog K4 K2tog. (6 sts)
Row 15-16: Knit across.
Row 17: K2tog K2 K2tog. (4 sts)
Row 18-19: Knit across.
Row 20: K2tog twice. (2 sts)
Row 21-22: Knit across.
Keeping the two stitches on your double pointed needle, pick up 36(36, 36) stitches to form the cuff. Pick up 17 stitches down one side, evenly spaced, along the length to where you knitted two together. Starting at where you knitted two together along the other edge, pick up another 17 stitches, evenly spaced. There will be 36 stitches total.
Row 1-10: *K2 P2* Repeat from *to* 7 more times. 8 times total for matching ribbed effect.
Row 11-13: Knit around.
Cast off loosely.
Make another slipper to match.  Sew up seams and work in ends.

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