Keep your toes toasty with these simple knitted slippers that use short rows for easy shaping. The short rows can be worked in a second color to create stripes if you wish, and pom poms can be added for a finishing touch too.
US Size 7 Knitting Needles
2 ozs of "4" weight yarn (worsted weight)
Large eye blunt needle
Because these slippers stretch around your feet, gauge is not too critical, however you will have best results with a gauge of about 3.5 sts to 4 sts per inch.
Cast On:Cast on 32 stitches
Begin Pattern:Rows 1 - 4: KnitRow 5 (short row): Knit 20, turn.Row 6: Slip 1 purlwise, Purl 19Repeat rows 1 through 6 seven more times. (This will give you a total of 8 short row stripes).Then work rows 1 through 4 one more time.Bind off, leaving a long tail when cutting the yarn.You should now have a flat piece that measures about 5" tall at the toe end, 7" tall at the heel end, and is about 8½" wide.
Sew the slipper together:Thread the long tail of yarn into the large eye blunt needle, and then run the yarn through the end of the rows at the toe edge and pull to gather together. Then sew the cast on edge and the bound off edge together for 4½" to create the instep. Tie off yarn, cut, and weave in the end.Fold slipper in half, and with a separate piece of yarn, sew the back edges together to create the heel.Optional: Using a pom pom maker, create a pom pom of about a 1½" size and sew to the top of the slipper.
To make striped slippers: Work rows 5 and 6 of the pattern in a contrasting color.To make Mens slippers: Use a size 8 needle, cast on 38 stitches, and work 25 stitches for the short rows. Work the pattern rows one additional time (so that you have nine short row stripes). You may also wish to sew the instep for 5" for a mens slippers.