Felted baby slippers - free pattern

Materials:1 skein Paton’s Classic WoolSize US 15 needles
(or other worsted weight, feltable yarn)

Tapestry needle
1/4" wide elastic

Slippers are knit in one piece, starting at the heel end of the sole.

Cast on 3 stitches with two strands of yarn.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1 (5 sts)
Row 3-5: work in garter stitch (knit every row)
Row 6: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2 (7 sts)
Row 7-11: continue in garter st
Row 12: k2, m1, k3, m1, k2 (9 sts)
Row 13: knit
Row 14: k3, m1, k3, m1, k3 (11 sts)
Row 15-19: continue in garter st
Row 20: k2tog, k7, k2tog (9 sts)
Row 21: knit
Row 22: k2tog, k5, k2tog (7 sts)
Row 23: knit
Row 24: k2tog, k3, k2tog (5 sts)
Row 25: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts)
Turn work, leaving remaining three stitches on needle.
Knit across the three stitches on the needle, picking up and knitting 1 stitch from the sole (4 stitches on needle). Turn work, p4 and pick up 1 stitch from the sole. Continue working in stockinette stitch (knit RS, purl WS), picking up one stitch from the sole at the end of each row until you have 19 stitches on the needle, ending with a WS row. Bind off all stitches, picking up and working in one additional stitch from the sole at the end of the row.
Pick up 20 stitches around the heel, starting and ending 2 stitches inside the toe cap on either side.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k1, m1, k9, m1, knit until 1 st. remains, m1, k1
Row 4: purl
Row 5: k1, m1, k9, m1, knit until 1 st. remains, m1, k1
Row 6: purl
Bind off all stitches
Weave in loose ends. Using a tapestry needle, weave elastic through stitches in heel (through 2nd row down from top), and through three center stitches on under side of toe cap. Sew elastic ends together (or: tie off in a knot and sew elastic after felting for a custom fit).

Slippers are now ready for felting! Basic felting instructions can be found here.
If slippers will be worn by a child who is walking and/or pulling himself up to stand, it is a good idea to apply non-slip material of some sort to the soles. I like French Press Knit’s suggestion of using puffy paint, though there are plenty of other options.


Cristine said...

Super cute!

donnac said...

instructions on how to felt ....leads to broken link

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