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2-strand Shaker Knit Slippers with Optional Cuff

needed:

  • size 13 US needles (9 mm)
  • approx 110 yds (50 gm/1.75 oz) each color worsted weight yarn
    or size necessary to achieve gauge
    gauge (in st pattern) -- 4 in: 17 st/20 rows

note: slippers for The Ships Project must be made with cuffs. thanks!

    basic pattern:

    cast on 23, leaving a 12” tail for finishing.

    1. (Side A) k1, p1. k to last 2 sts. end p1, sl1 YIF.
    2. (Side B) k1, p1. *sl1 YIF, k1. repeat from * to last
      3 sts. end sl1 YIF, p1, sl1 YIF.

    repeat these steps until slipper is 1½” shorter than desired length. for The Ships Project, work until 7½”-9½”. last row worked is row 2.

    toe shaping:

    1. k3. *k2tog, k3. repeat from * across. (19 sts)
    2. purl to last st, sl last st YIF.
    3. k3. *k2tog, k2. repeat from * across. (15 sts)
    4. purl to last st, sl last st YIF.
    5. 5: k2. *k2tog, k1. repeat from * across. end k1.
      (11 sts)
    6. purl across

    finishing:

    1. cut yarn, leaving 12” tail. pull through remaining sts twice and draw up toe sts tightly.
    2. using the tail and from the outside, weave upper foot seam closed through back loops of row edge sts, leaving a 4½” - 5” opening for foot.
    3. for cuffed version, weave closed to the top of the cuff.
    4. to close the heel, use the cast-on tail to weave the back seam closed until 6 total sts remain. weave through the top loop of the remaining sts and draw up tightly to close. tie off.
    5. weave in all ends.

    now make another just like it!

    optional garter stitch ribbed cuff

    begin the slipper as follows:

    cast on 33, leaving a 12” tail for finishing.

    1. (Side A) k6, p1. k to last 7 sts. p1, k5, sl last st YIF.
    2. (Side B) k6, p1, k1. *sl1 YIF, k1. repeat from * to
      last 7 sts. p1, k5, sl last st YIF.

    work rows 1 and 2 until cuff is 4”-4½” from cast on edge. last row worked is row 2.

    next row: BO 4. k1, p1. k to last 7 sts. p1, k5, sl last st YIF. (29 st)

    next row: BO 4. k1, p1. *sl1 YIF, k1. repeat from * to last
    4 sts. sl1 YIF, p1, k1, sl1 YIF. (25 sts)

    next row: BO 1, p1. k to last 3 sts. p1, k1, sl1 YIF. (24 sts)

    next row: BO 1, p1. *sl1 YIF, k1. repeat from * to last 3 sts. sl1 YIF, p1, sl1 YIF. (23 sts)

    continue with Basic Pattern, beginning with row 1.

      abbreviations:

      BO: bind off
      k: knit
      k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as one
      p: purl
      sl X: slip X stitches together (purlwise,
      unless otherwise instructed)
      st(s): stitch(es)
      YIF: with yarn in front


  • for a 2-color option with no cuff, download the pdf version of the pattern
  • following the pattern as written the finished slippers should be btwn 9 and 11 inches in length.
  • the pattern is easily made larger or smaller by varying the number of sts (total number for cast on must always be an odd number), weight of yarn, and needle size.
  • for children’s, try size US 10 needles and either one strand of a chunkier yarn or two strands or sport-weight yarn with a cast on of 19-21 sts.
  • if adjusting the st count, toe shaping needs to be adjusted so that 4 sts are evenly decreased on every Side A row.

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