Looking for a great gift idea for someone special in your life? Try your hand at making a pair of knit slippers! Knit flat, so anyone can make these.
There is something special about a pair of handmade socks or slippers. At first I thought this pair might be for me, and they do fit, but my oldest son stole them!
Just excuse his sock lines LOL! 😀
Design Story and Inspiration for the Gemstone Knit Slippers
Knit slippers are something I had never tried my hand at designing and I thought they would be the perfect thing for the Holiday Maker’s Challenge.
All patterns in the challenge are quick and easy to knit, so I used a bulky yarn and a simple pattern that is garter stitch and Stockinette with one simple decrease technique.
About the Yarn
I picked up two colors of this Red Heart Gemstone at my local JoAnn for the challenge, even though I wanted to use mostly stash yarn. I couldn’t resist these colors when I was there!
After two projects (one crochet and one knit) with this yarn, I’m really in love with it. The color changes, the ease of care, the array of colors available… all great qualities that drew me to this yarn.
I chose Olivine as my color because I picked out this color for my son, but these knit slippers are unisex and can be made for anyone on your list – just be sure you know their shoe size! 🙂
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Gemstone Knit Slippers Pattern Details
These slippers are knit flat, beginning from the center of the sole.
You increase to create the shaping of the sole, then knit a few rows even.
Finally, you create the top of the foot in Stockinette with a S2KP (slip 2, knit, pass slipped sts over) technique on right side rows to shape the foot.
Gemstone Knit Slippers
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Gemstone, 1 skein Olivine (Bulky 5)
Needles: US Size 10 (6.00mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, locking stitch markers
Gauge: 16 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st
Finished Size: Size S (M, L) with 8″, 9″, 10″ sole length, to fit Women’s Shoe Sizes 4-6 (7-9, 10+) and Men’s 2-4 youth (5-8, 9+). NOTE: These have quite a bit of stretch to them, so the size S I knit for my son also fits me quite well, and I fall into a medium.
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations:
Increase (inc) – work into the front and back of the stitch, also abbreviated kfb
Slip 2, knit, pass slipped sts over (S2KP) – slip 2 stitches together knitwise as if to k2tog, knit next st, pass slipped sts over the st just knit (2 sts decreased)
Knit Slippers Pattern
Cast on 59 (63, 67) sts. Mark center stitch.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K1, inc, k to 1 st before center st, inc, k center st, inc, k to last 2 sts, inc, k1 – 63 (67, 71) sts.
Rows 3-10: Repeat rows 1-2 – 79 (83, 87) sts.
Change to Stockinette st.
Work 4 (4, 6) rows even in St st. Mark center 9 sts (there should be 7 sts between markers).
Row 1: Knit, working a s2kp on outside edges of each marked st 75 (79, 83) sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3-12: Repeat rows 1-2 – 55 (59, 63) sts.
Row 13: Repeat row 1 – 51 (55, 59) sts.
Bind off firmly, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Use tail end from bind off to sew back and bottom seam.
Weave in ends.
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Today we’ve learned how to knit slippers!! I hope you’ll try your hand at knitting slippers. They really aren’t as hard as they look.
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