Slippers for the Shelter

Slippers for the Shelter

Meg Ouderkirk is on a mission – to prepare 30+ pairs of slippers for the men’s shelter before opening night! Can you help? Feel free to share this pattern with your knitting friends and as for their help. We’re not worried about having too many pairs as men are always transitioning to housing and someone new comes in. As Meg said “After a long day, don’t you want to come home, take your shoes off, put on your slippers and relax?” Let’s help our guests to relax after a stressful day outside of the shelter.

Directions are for children’s slippers. Changes for women’s and men’s are given in parentheses. Plan slippers for 1” less than sock size. (Let’s assume men’s feet are 10-13, adjust accordingly)

Materials: knitting worsted, 1 (2-2) oz main color (MC), 1 ball contrasting color (CC). Knitting needles No. 7. Yarn needle.

Guage: 5 sts/in.   10 rows/in  (garter stitch)

Slipper: Beginning at the heel with MC and leaving 12” yard end (for sewing later), cast on 24 (30-36) sts.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K 8(10-12), P 1, K 6 (8-10), P 1, K(10-12). (This is the wrong side)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece is half the length you want slipper to be, end with row 2. (end having just worked row 2)

Next row: K 2, inc 1 in next st, K 2, inc 1 in next st, K 4 (8-11), inc 1 in each of next 3 sts, K 4 (6-9) inc 1 in next st, K 2, inc 1 in next st, K 3. You should have 31 (37-43) sts on needle.

Ribbing Row 1: P 1, *K 1, P 1; repeat from * across row. (wrong side)

Ribbing Row 2: K 1, *p 1, K 1; repeat from * across row (right side)

Work in ribbing until piece measures ½” less than desired length, ending on row 1.

Decrease Row 1: Work in ribbing on 7 (9-11) sts, P 3 tog, K 1, P 3 tog, work in ribbing on 3 (5-7) sts, P 3 tog, K 1, P 3 tog, work in ribbing on last 7 (9-11) sts – 23 (29-35) sts remain.

Next Row: P 1, *K 1, P 1; repeat from * across. (wrong side)

Decrease Row 2: Work in ribbing on 3 (5-5) sts, P 3 tog, work in ribbing on 11 (13-19) sts, P 3 tog, work in ribbing on 3 (5-5) sts – 19(25-31) sts.

Next Row: P 1, *K 1, P 1; repeat from * across. For children’s slippers, stop knitting. For women’s and men’s slippers, work another decrease row: work in ribbing on 3 sts, P 3 tog, work in ribbing on 13 sts for women’s slippers, 19 sts for men’s, P 3 tog, work in ribbing on 3 sts. Work 1 row of ribbing.

All slippers: Cut yarn 20” from last st; thread end in yarn needle. Draw yarn thru stitches on needle, then draw thru again as you slip stitches off needle. Pull tightly and fasten for toe. Turn piece wrong side out. Overcast edge sts of ribbing together up to garter st. (If cuffs are to be added, do not sew up front until cuff is made.) End off. Thread yarn end at cast-on edge into needle. From wrong-side, overcast back sts together to line of P sts each side; run yarn in and cut around remaining sts; draw up. End off.

Slipper sole: with CC, cast on 2 (4-6) sts.

Row 1: K, inc 1 in last st

Row 2: P, inc 1 in last st.

Rows 3-5: K, inc 1 in last st.

Row 6: Repeat row 2 – 8 (10-12) sts.

Work in ridged pattern of K 3 rows, P 1 row, until sole is same length as garter stitch section of slipper; end on P row.

Next row: K, inc 1 in first st, center st, and last st – 11(13-15) sts. Continue on ridge pattern (this last row is the first of three K rows) until sole is 1 ½” less than slipper length, end P row.

Shape toe: *K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog. K 2 rows, P 1 row. Repeat from * twice. Bind off remaining 5 (7-9) sts.

Finishing: Run in all yarn ends on wrong side. Pin sole, ridged side out, to bottom of slipper along ribbing lines that run from heel to toe. With CC and yarn needle, overcast slipper to sole, working through top loop of ribbing sts and edge sts of sole.

Seed stitch cuff(optional): from wrong side, with CC, pick up and K 1 st in every other garter st row (every ridge) around top edge of slipper, having an uneven number of sts.

Row 1: K 1, *P 1, K 1, repeat from * across.

Repeat this row for 1”. Bind off loosely – it helps to use a larger size needle in the right hand.