Saturday, 8 October 2011

Knitted Slippers

I had some of the Aran wool left over from the cardigan so thought I would have a go at making a pair of slippers with it.  I had a look on the web and found some patterns but when I tried knitting them they were coming up way too small.  Not sure if it was because of the thickness of the wool or the needles were wrong size so I decided to make up my own pattern as I went along instead.

Here are a picture of the finished slippers.  They fit me and I take a 6.5 size shoe.  My YD is a 7 and I am sure they will fit her as well.

Here is the pattern I adapted  in case anyone wants to make a pair and also so I can come back to it if I decide to make some more.  There is a link to the original pattern at the bottom of this post.

I used Aran weight wool and size 8 needles (4mm).

Cast on 41 sts.

Row 1 K13, P1, K13, P1, K13
Row 2 K

Continue the above two rows until the piece measures about 6.5 inches (if you want them smaller then make this a bit less or if you want them bigger then do a few more rows).  Finish at the end of a Row 1.

Next Row P1, *K1, P1, repeat from * to end
Next Row K1, *P1, K1 repeat from * to end

Continue in rib for another 11 rows.

Dec. Row  Rib 8 *Slp1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2tog, rib 5, repeat from * twice more then rib to end.
Next Row  Rib 8, *P3, rib5,  repeat from * twice more then rib to end.
Next Row  Rib7, *K2tog, K1, Slp1, K1, PSSO, Rib 3 sts,  repeat from * twice more then rib to end.
Break off yarn and thread it onto a thick sewing needle.  Thread the sewing needle through all the stitches taking them off the knitting needle as you go along, then curl it round and go through them all again and pull it tight. Fasten off, (when putting the thread through the second time you might not get it exactly through the stitches, this won't matter as its just to give it a bit of extra strength).  Leave the end of yarn on for sewing up.

Knit other slipper the same.  To sew up fold in half right sides together (the bit with the two lines of V stitches is the front) and sew the two sides together across the ribbing and a bit further up the slipper.  Then sew the back heel seam and darn in the ends of the thread.

I made the knitted flowers to go on top.  This is the pattern for them.

Cast on 20 sts and K 1 row.
*Next Row, K4, turn and just use these 4 sts.
Next row Inc 1st each end of next row (6sts)
K 5 rows on these 6 sts.
Next Row Dec 1st each end of next row.
Next Row K
Next Row Dec 1st each end of next row.
K last 2sts tog and tie off the last stitch.

Rejoin wool in between the bottom of this petal and the next stitch and repeat from *

Do this until you have 5 petals and you have used all the stitches up.

Darn in all the loose ends except for one that you have from the cast on edge (you can always just join in a new thread if its not long enough).  Thread the yarn onto a thick needle and sew a running stitch through the cast on edge of the flower and then pull the thread tight so it goes round into a flower.  You will find that the petal want to over lap each other.  Place the flower on the slipper front where you want it to go and attach it sewing the petal so the look nice, I over lapped mine all one way round.  When you are happy with it then fasten off the thread.  Sew a button onto the centre of the flower.

This is where I got the original slipper pattern from that I adapted


  1. Those slippers look so comfy and warm.xx

  2. Wow these are great and looks so cosy!x

  3. Thanks very much for the pattern. I've tried a few different ones too so it'll be nice to have a change
    Anne x