Kenneth Street Slippers by Elizabeth Elliott

Kenneth Street Slippers

November 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 4 - 3.5 mm
155 - 215 yards (142 - 197 m)
7 (7.75, 8.25, 9, 9.75) in/18 (19.5, 21, 23, 25) cm circumference
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Kenneth Street Slippers are a quick and cozy project in a wide range of sizes, with nice details and a bit of short row shaping to keep these slippers on your feet. Each slipper is worked in one piece from beginning to end; the toe is worked in the round while the rest of the slipper is worked flat. The pattern includes tips for selecting your yarn, plus illustrated tutorials for the toe-up cast on used in the sample and for working German Short Rows. To make these slippers, you will need to know how to knit, purl, and pick up stitches.

The structure is similar to the Last Minute Travel Slippers. While those were designed for road trips, these slippers were finished in quarantine, so I’ve named them for the street we quarantined on: Kenneth Street in Duncan, BC.

Finished size: 7 (7.75, 8.25, 9, 9.75) in/18 (19.5, 21, 23, 25) cm circumference at the ball of the foot
To fit approximately 7.75 (8.5, 9.25, 10, 10.75) in/20 (21.5, 23.5, 25.5, 28) cm foot circumference; length knit to fit.

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Valkill (100% New York State Cheviot wool; 252 yds/230 m per 4 oz/113 g): 1 skein (shown in North Atlantic)

US 4/3.5 mm needles for working small circumference in the round, or size needed for correct gauge
US 3/3.25 mm circular needle, 16 in/40 cm or longer (optional, see Pattern Notes re: gauge when working flat vs. in the round)

24 sts & 38 rnds = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round
For a good fit, take time to check your gauge.

6 stitch markers (2 of different colours or styles)
2 removable stitch markers
cable needle
scrap yarn or stitch holder
yarn needle

About the yarn
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Valkill is a lopi-style yarn comprising two lightly-spun plies that are then lightly plied together, giving an airy, balanced yarn with the appearance of a single ply. The woolen-spun structure gives a light, cushy, cohesive fabric for a comfortable surface under your feet, while the Cheviot wool adds durability. The yarn starts out a bit crunchy, and softens with washing and wear. If you’re substituting another yarn for this project, look for a wool or wool blend with good memory that feels comfortable on your feet and gives a solid fabric at the pattern’s gauge. Merino and superwash merino will work, just be aware that the finer fibres won’t stand up to wear as well as stronger wools. You will need approximately 155 (170, 185, 200, 215) yds/142 (155, 169, 183, 197) m, possibly more or less depending on slipper length.