Little Gram's Holiday Slippers
December 19, 2011
December 24, 2011

Little Gram's Holiday Slippers

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Aunt Maggie's Slippers by Beverly A. Qualheim
Feet / LegsSlippers
Sienna, Breanne and Shona
Needles & yarn
US 9 - 5.5 mm

I forgot how simple and quick these slippers are to make, and they are so comfortable. They are especially nice because they fit the foot well and don’t have a tendency to fall off. Used the Aunt Maggie’s Slipper pattern as a reminder to how these were made. This is one of the first patterns I learned when I learned to knit from my great-grandmother (“Little Gram”).

However, she would always add shaping to her sole section, and would start the ribbing right at the point where the hole is closed. I also modified this to go from straight needles for the garter stitch portion to DP needles for the ribbing, so I wouldn’t have to seam the toe section.

Basically, find the yarn you want to use (I highly recommend using two strands of different colors for interest and extra thickness/warmth). Next, figure out your gauge and how high up you want the sides of the slipper to go (depending on the foot and preference of the wearer). Then cast on (using long-tail method the number of stitches of one side of the slipper + 1 stitch + 3 for the sole + 1 stitch + same number of stitches for other side (for example, for my 4 year old, I used worsted weight acrylic yarn, two strands, and cast on 21 stitches: 8 for a side, 1 for the knit rib on the heel, 3 for the sole, 1 again for the knit rib on the heel and 8 for the side).

The next row, knit ALL stitches EXCEPT the knit rib, which you will need to purl since you are actually knitting the wrong side of the project.

The next row, knit all stitches and CO 1 stitch AFTER the knit rib row stitch (after stitch #9), knit 3 more stitches, and cast on another stitch, then knit to end.

Continue purling the knit rib row stitch on the wrong side, and increasing on the right side until the sole is wide enough for the foot in question (typically between 7-11 stitches - the amount on the sole should be odd because that ensures you keep the knit rib on each side of the sole).

Knit garter (keeping the knit rib row along sole) until you’re ready to close to slipper hole). Then switch to DP needles. When you join, count total number of stitches. You basically want an even number - if you have an odd, knit (or purl) the last stitch and first together to get an even number. You determine if the first stitch is a knit or purl by figuring out how many stitches you did on the sides. You want to continue the knit rib from the sole into the toe ribbing section.

Keep knitting in rib stitch until the toe reaches the end of the foot of your recipient. Then cut yarn leaving a at least 6 inches, take darning needle and thread it through the stitches and pull tightly, and weave in ends.

Make pom pons to attach to top of each slipper and seam together the heel (be sure the pretty knit rib on the sole is on the outside of slipper, then attaching pom pon).

I made these slippers no-skid by painting puffy fabric paint on the soles and steaming them with an iron to puff it up. Perhaps there are other ways to make no-slip slippers.

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  • Project created: December 21, 2011
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