Here's another great pattern that is an old classic without clear origins. It's one of those things that most people my age (or older) had gifted to them from a grandmother or older aunt as a child.
I love classic patterns that continue to be practical in modern times. We may not want to wear the sweater designs of the 60s, 70s or 80s (or maybe we do, considering the rise in popularity of vintage knitting patterns). Still, a slipper never goes out of fashion.
I have seen most versions of this pattern calling for two strands of worsted weight yarn held together to make a thicker yarn, but I prefer to use my favourite bulky yarn - Loops and Threads Charisma.
Again, this is a super quick knit (especially with the thicker yarn) and super affordable as you can get a pair of small adult slippers from one ball of yarn.
So, if you've never had a pair of these slippers before, get ready for some cozy toes and let's start knitting Granny's Favourite Slippers.
Granny's Favourite Slippers
Unknown (this is my variation of a widely available classic pattern).
Loops & Threads Charisma Tweed (100% Acrylic) 93 yards (85 metres)/ 3 oz (85 g) per ball - or 77 (92, 117) yards [ 70.5 (84, 107) metres] / 2.5 (3, 3.75) oz [70 (85, 107) grams] of similar bulky weight yarn.
16 sts by 32 rows in 4 inches/ 10 cm of garter stitch.
6.5 mm /US 10 knitting needles (or size required to obtain approximately gauge).
Tapestry needle, scissors, buttons or pom pom (optional), puffy fabric paint (optional).
Height (side of slippers) : 2.25 (2.5, 2.75) / 5 (6, 7) cm
Length: 8 (9, 10) inches / 20 (22.5, 25) cm
*shoe sizes as per Craft Yarn Council.
Small (youth 4- 6/ women's 4- 6.5/ men's 6- 8.5).
Medium (women's 7- 9.5/ men's 9-11.5)
Large (women's 10-12.5/ men's 12-14)
Knit fabric on wooden floors and even carpet can be slippery! While it can be fun to slide into a room Risky Business style, be careful when wearing your knitted slippers around the house. You can make these slippers non-slip by adding puff paint to the soles, making them much safer (albeit less fun). See finishing for details.
The finished slipper's length should be approximately 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch shorter than your actual foot length. You want the slipper to be smaller than your foot so that it will fit snugly and won't "slip" off when wearing. The knitted fabric will stretch to fit your foot, even if it looks small.
B/O - bind off
C/O - cast on
k - knit
k2tog - knit two together
p - purl
R - row
RS - right side
st/sts - stitch/stitches
WS - wrong side
C/O 24 (26, 30) sts (leave a long tail for seaming at the end).
R1 (RS): K to end.
R2 (WS): k8 (9,10), p1, k6 (6, 8), p1, k8 (9, 10).
Work R1 and R2 until piece measures approximately 8 (9, 10) inches/ 20 (22.5, 25) cm (or 1 inch/ 2.5 cm less than desired foot length, ending on a WS row).
Toe Shaping Small
R1: *K2tog, rep to end (12 sts remaining).
R2: K4, p1, k2, p1, k4.
R3: *K2tog, rep to end (6 sts remaining).
R1: K1, *k2tog, rep from * to last st, k1 (14 sts remaining).
R2: K5, p1, k2, p1, k5.
R3: *K2tog, rep from * to end (7 sts remaining).
R1: *K2tog, rep to end (15 sts remaining).
R2: K5, p1, k3, p1, k5.
R3: K1, *k2tog, rep from * to end (8 sts remaining).
Cut yarn. Weave end through remaining 6 (7, 8) sts and pull tight.
Seam top of toe and heel edges using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
Embellish your slippers with pom-poms or buttons on the top of the foot. Add dots of puffy fabric paint to the soles of the slippers to help prevent slipping!
There you have it! Simple, quick and practical. This a great project for knitting on the go or in front of the T.V. It also makes a great last-minute DIY gift as you can knit up a pair in just a few hours with one ball of yarn (for the small and medium sizes).
I hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions about this free pattern.
Until next time, happy knitting.