"Slip 1" [used while making the heel flap]
WS rows, hold yarn to front and slip as if to purl
RS rows, hold yarn to back and slip as if to knit
you're knitting slippers for young children or
for use on slippery floors, you'll want to attach
a non-skid sole for safety purposes.
44sts [Cast on loosely! I cast on over two needles
Join, being careful not to twist the work and place
a marker at join for beginning of round.
Knit every round in St st for 3 inches [or longer
11 sts past the marker, then turn and work back over
the stitches you've just worked [ignoring the
other 22 stitches on your needle, which will be held
to become the instep] and
Row 1: sl 1, p 21, turn
Row 2: s1 1, k 21, turn
these 2 rows 11 more times or until
the heel flap is about as long as it is wide.
worry, it isn't as mysterious as it sounds!]
on heel stitches only:
1: p 13, p2tog, p1, turn
2: k 6, k2tog, k1, turn
3: p7, p2tog [1 st from each side created during the
last turn], turn
4: k7, k2tog, turn.
rows 3 & 4 until there are only 8 sts remaining
of the original 22 heel stitches, with no stitches
on either side of the decreases.
The last row should be right side row.
you're going to connect this lovely heel you've
just knit to the rest of the stitches in order to
knit the rest of the foot in the round.
up and knit [see note below*] 12 stitches from the
right edge of the heel flap, place marker [Marker
1], k22 sts that were being held for the instep, place
a marker [Marker 2], pick up and knit 12 stitches
from the left edge of the heel flap, then knit 4 sts
from the heel, place yet another marker [Marker 3]
or a safety pin to mark the new beginning of the round.
The remaining 4 heel stitches will be the first 4
of the next round [ 54 sts].
up and knit
Take a look at the edges of the heel flap;
there will be 12 elongated Vs, resembling large knit
sts, on each side. Holding the working needle in your
right hand, insert it under both sides of the V and
pull the yarn through. If this proves difficult, use
a crochet hook to pull the yarn through, then transfer
the stitches from the hook to the knitting needle.
decrease those 54 sts down to the original 44 sts]
1 round plain over all stitches, slipping the markers
when you come to them.
to 2 st before Marker 1, k2tog, slip marker, k to
Marker 2, slip it, ssk, complete round.
the last two rounds 4 more times [44 sts].
around in St st until work measures 9 inches* in length
from back of heel, then begin toe decreases:
different sizes: Take the total length of recipient's
foot and multiply by 1.3 to determine the required
total length of sock before felting. Then determine
length of sock to knit before beginning toe decreases
by subtracting 3.5 inches from total required length.
1: *K to 3 sts before Marker 1, ssk, k1, slip marker,
k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to * with second marker.
2: K around without decreasing.
these last two rounds until there are 12 sts remaining.
Divide sts at the markers onto two needles [6 stitches
from top half of sock on one needle and 6 stitches
from bottom half on the other], break yarn leaving
12 in tail and graft the toe closed.
Weave in any ends using tapestry needle.