Amazing Siberian Slippers by Henya Kazatchkov

Amazing Siberian Slippers

September 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
Petite, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
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Pattern Overview
These pretty slippers look complicated but they are very easy to knit. Slippers are knit flat on two straight or one circular needles, but have no seams at all.
I was really and truly amazed and surprised by these slippers when I looked at them for the first time. I am an experienced and adventurous knitter, but I have never seen anything like them before. I could not figure out how they were made. Luckily I was privileged to meet Nina, the original knitter, who very generously shared with me her knitting tradition.
My main difficulty was not in mastering the art of knitting these slippers, but in translating very sketchy instructions into a regular pattern that can be successfully used by all. It involved a lot of knitting, lots of ripping out, frustrated head banging and that blight of my knitting - The Math!
I have tried to lovingly preserve the traditional folk way of knitting these wonderful slippers because I think it is important, but I did add some refinements to make them fit better.
There are no fancy knitting techniques involved. No grafting. Because the sole and the heel are knit last, it is easy to undo and replace the worn out heel.
You can use two colors, three colors (using a different, sturdier yarn for the sole), or just one color - it is all up to you.
I hope you will come to love these pretty slippers and knit lots of them.

Petite, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. With Petite being approximately European size 36 and Extra Large European size 46 - 48.
There is a section at the end of the pattern explaining how to customize the fit of the slippers.
If you are interested in children sizes, please see Amazing Siberian Slippers for kids.

2 skeins of yarn in Color A for sizes Petite and Small. 3 skeins for larger sizes. If you want to knit the sole of the slipper with the yarn doubled you will need 1 more skein.
1 skein of yarn in Color B. You will actually need about a half of that skein.
1 size US 2 (2.75 mm) circular needle, or a pair of straight needles in size
US 2 (2.75 mm)
1 size US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, or a pair of straight needles in size
US 3 (3.25 mm)
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends

Skills you need
Long Tail Cast On
Picking up stitches

on color pattern: 6 stitches per 1” ( 3 stitches per 1 cm)

Finished Measurements
Petite – 8.25” (21 cm) long, 6” (15 cm) high.
Small – 8.5” (22 cm) long, 6.25” (16 cm) high.
Medium – 8.75” (23 cm) long, 6.75” (17.5 cm) high.
Large – 9.25” (24 cm) long, 7” (18 cm) high.
Extra Large – 10.25” (26 cm) long, 7.75” (19.5 cm) high.