#8 needles (On men's and women's
slippers, use size #10 needles and do one block less.)
2 skeins 4-ply yarn in contrasting colors (should make 2 pairs slippers)
Cast on 60 stitches using 1 color yarn
SIZE ADJUSTMENTS --
Toddlers: 8 blocks across, 6 blocks long.
Children: 10 blocks across, 8 blocks long.
Ladies: 6 sts to block and 12 blocks across; 6 rows to a block and 10 blocks long ("There are 6 rows to a block when we are talking length and the ladies slippers are 10 blocks long so that means 60 rows total....")
Men: 14 blocks across, 12 blocks long.
If cuff is desired, cast on 8 sts on each end, bind these sts. off when half squares are completed.
Row 1 - (Start
contrasting color) K6, pull other yarn across and K6; repeat with
colors until you have 10 sets of 6 st each color.
Row 2 - (Anchor contrasting color at beginning of each row) K6 with same color you ended row 1 with, pull other yarn across and K6. Repeat with alternate colors as in Row 1.
NOTE: It is important on all even numbered rows to be sure to change your yarn colors correctly. ALL ROWS STRAIGHT KNIT. After anchoring your contrast color, be sure your matching coloris at the front of your work (away from you). K6 sts. Bring the color towards the left and over your needle to the back side of your work (toward you). Take the contrast color back through the same way to the front of your work and K6. This constant reversing of yarns is done for each 10 squares and on all even rows.
Row 3-8 - Repeat
1 and 2.
Row 9 - Change your color of thread to start a new color square. Knit same as Row 1.
Continue the above procedure until you have 7 squares for women and possible 8 for men.
Decrease in 8th (9th) square --
Row 1 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog. Repeat in all 10 squares.
Row 2 - K 1, K2tog, K1. Repeat in all 10 squares.
Rows 3 and 4 - Knit.
Row 5 - K 1, K2tog. Repeat.
Row 6 - K2tog. Repeat. (This will leave you with 10 sts. on the needle).
Cut yarn about 12 inches long. Take one color yarn, thread it through a needle and pull it through the 10 sts. Tie ends securely. (This forms toe of slipper).
Using one yarn (cut the
off) sew the sides together of the last four squares. This leaves four
squares for the open part of the slipper.
Sew the back together to form the heel.
*** To give the rolled effect on the top edge of the slipper, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ANCHOR YOUR CONTRASTING COLOR AT EACH END OF EACH ROW.
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