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Time Off Slippers
Time Off Slippers
This image courtesy of redheart.com

If you want to learn how to knit slippers your loved ones will actually wear, this is the perfect pattern. These Time Off Slippers have no frills or fancy stitches, so they're both simple and wearable by all ages and genders. This knitted slipper pattern features a garter stitch foot, which adds cool a cool texture to the garment, as well as a ribbed cuff for a fitted look. Since these slippers aren't too bulky, they could even be used as socks on particularly cold days.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge16 sts = 4" (10 cm) in Garter st (knit every row).

Finished SizeDirections are for Men’s sock size 10; changes for sock sizes 11, 12 and 14 are in parentheses. Sock stretches to fit foot length 9 1/2 (10 1/2, 11, 11 1/2)" (24.5 (27, 28, 29.5) cm).

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love®: 1 skein 1805 Bluebell
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8]
  • Yarn needle

Slipper Socks (make two)

Sole

Cast on 48 (54, 58, 62) sts.

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11: Knit.
Row 2: K2, M1, k21 (24, 26, 28), [M1, k1] twice, k21 (24, 26, 28), M1, k2 – 52 (58, 62, 66) sts.
Row 4: K3, M1, k22 (25, 27, 29), [M1, k1] twice, k22 (25, 27, 29), M1, k3 – 56 (62, 66, 70) sts.
Row 6: K4, M1, k23 (26, 28, 30), [M1, k1] twice, k23 (26, 28, 30), M1, k4 – 60 (66, 70, 74) sts.
Row 8: K5, M1, k24 (27, 29, 31), [M1, k1] twice, k24 (27, 29, 31), M1, k5 – 64 (70, 74, 78) sts.
Row 10: K6, M1, k25 (28, 30, 32), [M1, k1] twice, k25 (28, 30, 32), M1, k6 – 68 (74, 78, 82) sts.
Row 12: K7, M1, k26 (29, 31, 33), [M1, k1] twice, M1, k26 (29, 31, 33), M1, k7 – 73 (79, 83, 87) sts.

Instep

Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5: K24 (27, 28, 30), ssk, k3tog, ssk, k11 (11, 13, 13), k2tog, k3tog, k2tog, k24 (27, 28, 30) – 65 (71, 75, 79) sts.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: K20 (23, 24, 26), ssk, k3tog, ssk, k11 (11, 13, 13), k2tog, k3tog, k2tog, k20 (23, 24, 26) – 57 (63, 67, 71) sts.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: K34 (37, 40, 42), ssk, turn work – 56 (62, 66, 70) sts.
Row 10: Slip 1, k11 (11, 13, 13), k2tog, turn work – 55 (61, 65, 69) sts.
Row 11: Slip 1, k11 (11, 13, 13), ssk, turn work – 54 (60, 64, 68) sts.
Rows 12-25: Repeat Rows 10 and 11 alternately – 40 (46, 50, 54) sts.
Row 26: Repeat Row 10 – 39 (45, 49, 53) sts.
Row 27: Slip 1, k11 (11, 13, 13), ssk, knit to end of row – 38 (44, 48, 52) sts.
Row 28: K24 (27, 30, 32), k2tog, knit to end of row – 37 (43, 47, 51) sts.
Rows 29-32: Knit.

Cuff

Next 2 rows:

Row 1: K1, * p1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 2: P1, * k1, p1; repeat from * to end.

Rows 3-20:

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 alternately.

Bind off all sts in pattern.

Finishing

Sew seam down back of cuff, heel and along center of sole.

Weave in all loose ends.

Abbreviations

k
knit
p
purl
k2tog
knit next 2 stitches together
k3tog
knit next 3 stitches together
st(s)
stitch(es)
[ ]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
M1 (Make 1 increase)
Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and knit strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole
ssk (slip, slip, knit)
Slip next two sts knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop

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I really like these, the slipper pattern I've been using is over half a century old. I agree with the comments about women's sizes, I knit far more often for women than men, so I took the applicable numbers from the cozy slipper socks and used them for women's sizes, the children's sizes I will try to work out through trial and error.

Would REALLY like directions for smaller slippers! And, AHA - yes they COULD be made thick and soft! -)

Would also like women's and kid size as so I can make them up for give a ways

Would like directions for women and child sizes. These look very easy.

This pattern looks like it would not be hard to do. Since these slippers use worsted weight yarn you could use them as a stash buster project, make them whatever colors you like. They don't even have to match, or make them with stripes or patches of color as you use up your yarn leftovers.

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