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Graceful Slippers (Knitting Pattern)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Edit on Sept. 24, 2011: I just noticed that I mistakenly used "Rnd" instead of "Rw" when creating this pattern. My apologies for confusion this may have caused. These are meant to be knit on straight needles, turning after every row. Happy knitting!

I just recently finished making these for my friend Robin, as a "pamper the new mommy*" present. I have had a couple of requests for the pattern, so here it is.

I have made these slippers several times--they are warm and cozy, and unlike many slipper patterns, I find them very flattering to the feet. Also, the whole project can be completed in 2-4 hours. Despite the fact that for this pair, all I had kicking around was a somewhat masculine green, I "dolled it up" by using a strip of sunflower fabric that I trimmed with pinking shears for my ribbon.

Yarn: Shetland Chunky (75% Acrylic/25% Wool, 135 m/148 yds), or any yarn with a similar gauge. (I recommend something with some wool in it for durability.) These slippers were in the Sage Green colourway. I used less than half of a 100g (3 1/2 oz.) ball for these, so they are great stash-busters!

Other supplies: 6 mm (size 10) straight needles, yarn needle, approx. 18"-20" ribbon or decorated cotton fabric (trimmed with pinking shears), 2 stitch markers (small pieces of yarn tied in a loop will do)

Gauge: 16 sts & 24 rows=4"/10 cm. over stockinette stitch using 6 mm (size 10) needles. While the gauge on this pattern is somewhat forgiving, do take time to check it.

Notes: There are two sizes in this pattern, Medium (ladies' size 6-8) and Large (ladies' size 9-10). After making this pattern once, you will find it very easy to alter to any size you need by adjusting the number of cast-on stitches. Heels should have about 2" of stitches remaining at the shortest section, and toes about 1 1/2".

Stitch Glossary:WTK Move yarn to front (right side) of the work, slip one stitch from left needle to right needle (purl-wise), move yarn to back of work, slip stitch from right needle back to left needle, turn work. WTP Move yarn to front (right side) of work, slip one stitch from left needle to right needle (purl-wise), move yarn to back of work, slip stitch from right needle to left needle, turn work.

Both slippers are created using the same pattern.

Helpful Hint: While it is not absolutely necessary to use markers to keep track of where you are, you will have to do a lot less "un-knitting" if you do. Place markers on the "inside" of the stitch you just wrapped on the decreases, and on the "outside" of the stitch you just wrapped on the increases.

Cast-On at Cuff:
Cast on 30 (32) sts.
Rw 1 (RS): Knit.
Rw 2: K1, purl to last stitch, K1, turn.
Rw 3: K until 2 sts remaining, WTK.
Rw 4: P until 2 sts remaining, WTP.
*Rw 5: K to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTK.
Rw 6: P to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTP.*
Repeat rows 5 & 6 until you are purling only 8 stitches across between wrap-and-turns.

Turn Heel:
Next Rw (RS): Knit across 8 sts, WTK. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)
Next Rw (WS): Purl across 8 sts, WTP. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)

Foot increases:
Rw 1: Knit across all previously worked knit stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTK.
Rw 2: Purl across all previously worked purl stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTP.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have reached the last 2 stitches on your wrong-side row. *Turn your work, knit to end. Turn work, P1, knit to last stitch, P1.* Repeat between * *'s one time.

Toe decreases:
Rw 1: K until 2 sts remaining, WTK.
Rw 2: P until 2 sts remaining, WTP.
*Rw 3: K to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTK.
Rw 4: P to one stitch before previous wrap-and-turn, WTP.*
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you are purling only 6 stitches across between wrap-and-turns.

Turn Toe:
Next Rw (RS): Knit across 6 sts, WTK. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)
Next Rw (WS): Purl across 6 sts, WTP. (You will be wrapping the last previously-wrapped stitch on this row.)

Toe increases:
Rw 1: Knit across all previously worked knit stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTK.
Rw 2: Purl across all previously worked purl stitches, plus the double-wrapped stitch, WTP.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have reached the last 2 stitches on your wrong-side row.

Turn your work, knit to end. Turn work, P1, knit to last stitch, P1.

Eyelet Row: *K1, yo, k2tog*, repeat to end of row. (For Large size, K1, *K1, yo, k2tog*, repeat to last st, K1).
Next WS Row: K1, purl to last stitch, K1.
Next RS Row: Cast off. Weave in ends. Weave ribbon through eyelets, starting from outside of slipper (should also end coming out on the RS of slipper). Pull tight and tie in a knot or bow. Ribbons may need to have the ends finished with FrayStop or a rolled hem.

Please e-mail me if you find any errors in this pattern.

Copyright 2010 Talena Winters. Public use is allowed, but please give credit. www.wintersdayin.ca

*I'm not sure Robin can be called a "new mommy", since she just had her fifth baby. But she is mommy to a new baby, and I figure that's call for some pampering!

Edit: New photos of another set I made out of Peruvian Highland Wool:


Graceful Slippers in Blue
Graceful Slippers in Blue 2

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12 comments

  1. I found this pattern on an online website and attempted it today. I am afraid I have messed it up (how, I am not sure?). It looks 'almost' perfect, but the toe is missing some inches...any advice?

    Thanks,
    Jennifer

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  2. Hi, Jennifer! Hmmm... Do you mean that the foot is too short, or that the toe does not seem wide enough?

    A problem I have had a few times is forgetting which stitch I should wrap and turn, but this usually just ends me up with an uneven number of stitches on each side. I have had to rip out up to half a slipper more than once!

    Did you use the recommended yarn, or did you substitute?

    And out of curiosity... which site did you find this pattern from?

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  3. Here is the website I found your pattern on (and subsequently – it takes me straight to your blog-which I now follow only for pattern purposes):

    http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/slippers.php

    I mean that the heel turned out great, but there is absolutely no length to the toe? Your photo shows that the entire foot (on top) is covered, but, mine only barely covered the toes. I did not gauge (which I know I should’ve done) and I used red heart worsted medium. You think the yarn was the issue? I have no idea. It took me a couple of times to understand the wraps. In fact, I wasn’t sure if when I went back through them- whether I should be knitting two together or not.

    I don’t know …I am new to knitting, so it’s likely an few errors on my part…

    Any advice would be appreciated though! Thanks so much for responding!!! Have an awesome Wednesday!

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  4. Hi, Jennifer!

    Well... That kinda inspires me to actually post some of my other patterns!

    Yes, your yarn is the issue. You used a worsted weight, and the yarn in the pattern is chunky weight. The thinner yarn would have made the whole slipper smaller.

    When I first started knitting, I spent years wasting many hours of my time and dollars of my money by not swatching, because "it was such a waste of time." I have since learned better. Swatching helps you catch problems like this after only a half-hour to an hour of your time invested, instead of, say, when you are finished a sweater. (Not that I'd know from experience, or anything.)

    When this slipper is unstretched, the toe-to-heel length will be about 1 1/2 inches shorter than your foot. It is the stretching that makes it conform to your foot so nicely. Also, before adding in the ribbon, the slipper looks like a boat--the heel and toe are 90 degree angles of almost the same height.

    I have been working on adjusting the pattern for worsted weight, but do not have it perfected yet--it turned out to be more challenging than just adding some more stitches at the cast-on. I would recommend finding some chunky-weight yarn (with some wool in it, preferably, for durability) and starting over.

    Good luck!

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  5. I should start with: I know, I know, I know ;o)-- that I should gauge all patterns! (Haha!)

    I just (as you said) sometimes get ahead of myself and I kinda had that nagging feeling when I completed this project.

    Sometimes, as in all things, God allows me to go my own way until I know (that I know, that I know) its just not going to produce the same great plan intended (haha).

    So, a great big thank you for the input, time and pattern! I would encourage you to post more patterns- this one was great!

    I hope you have a good week! (sorry about Shiloh- no decision like that is easy).

    Jenn

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  6. God is a gentleman that way. And very patient. He keeps letting us try on our own, no matter how many times we screw up. I should probably take more parenting lessons from that--but I'm not nearly as patient as He is!

    Thank you for your well-wishes about Shiloh.

    I will try and get some of my other patterns posted soon. The next couple weeks are CRAZY, though, as I leave on a week of holidays after that. Should have time when I get back.

    If you get these to turn out, I would love to hear about it!

    Blessings!

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  7. Hi,
    I am a new knitter and trying this project. I'm confused at the section "Turn Heel". Do I turn after knitting 8 sts? or do I just continue with purl 8 sts?
    Thanks. I'm so glad I found your blog.Heather.

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  8. Hi, Heather! Nice to meet you!

    After you turn the 8 stitches, you do a "Wrap-and-Turn Knitwise" (WTK) and then purl across the back side. You will be wrapping the same stitch as you wrapped on your decreases, but now you are turning and about to begin your increases.

    Does this make sense? After that you will be increasing on every row again, so all of the stitches you do a Wrap-and-Turn on will have been wrapped once before.

    You may find it helpful to place markers (little loops of a contrasting yarn will work) at the end of each short row, so you remember where you ended last time.

    Let me know if this still doesn't make sense to you. Good luck!

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  9. Hi Talena, I have downloaded the pattern for Graceful Slippers (pure genius). Knitted up in no time. I had a bit of trouble with the eyelet rows though. I don't know if anybody else has contacted you about them (thus making my comments superfluous). The pattern says *K1, yo, K2tog* repeat to end of row. I had to change it to K1 *yo, K2tog* repeat from * to * until last stitch, K1. If someone elde has pointed this out to you, excuse my e-mail. Thanks again for the pattern. Peta

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  10. Hi, Peta! Thanks for commenting, and for the compliment! :-)

    I actually intended to have the k1 and k2tog next to each other in the repeat, so there would basically be a hole every three stitches. No worries, though--what you did works, obviously, it just means you have more eyelets to weave through.

    Are you on Ravelry? I'd love to see photos of your finished project!

    Happy knitting!

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  11. i am confused as to how to wtk and wtp, i have looked up videos and everything but my work is not decreasing. do u know why?? what am i doing wrong?

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  12. Hi, Caitlin! Can you send me a photo? talena [at] wintersdayin [dot] ca. Thanks.

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