Easy Slippers–Knitting–Free Pattern

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The difference between learning to knit in this era versus the many times I tried and failed in the past is all of the help that is available on the internet.  The free tutorials and patterns are wonderful, especially for a new knitter.  I found this pattern for Simple House Slippers on a site called Temple of Knit.

I wanted to share the pattern because these are good for an advance beginner to knit in a short amount of time and make nice gifts.  I made three different sizes by changing the size of needle and yarn while using the same pattern – Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear slippers.

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The Papa Bear slippers were made with double-stranded thick worsted yarn and #9 needles …

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…the Mama Bear slippers were made with double-stranded thin worsted and #9 needles …

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…and the Baby Bear slippers (sized for a 4-5 year-old child) were made with single-strand thin worsted and #7 needles.

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The pattern mentions a CDD (centered double decrease) stitch which I never encountered while following the pattern.  It also mentions an SSK (slip slip knit) stitch which is shown in the video below from YouTube.

Note that the pattern is written for circular needles but can be easily adapted to double-pointed.  I’m not good with double-pointed needles, so everything I make is on circulars and the Magic Loop (circulars with a long cable).

I understand that Swedish grandmothers have been making slippers of this type for years.  I really enjoyed making them.

http://www.templeofknit.com/simple-house-slippers/

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “Easy Slippers–Knitting–Free Pattern”

  1. Wow, those look great! Maybe if I go for knitting lessons next year, as I’m considering – since I’ve been like you and not been able to pick it up – I will come back to this post and try these. They would certainly be as lovely as socks and keep my feet as warm! Thanks for the link. I will seriously consider picking up a couple sizes of circular needles when I’m in the quilt store (also a yarn store!) in Oak Ridge next time.

    1. Susan, I like the 32″ circular needles because I can use this long cable to knit everything from a wide shawl or blanket on down to the thumb on a child’s mitten. My experienced and excellent knitter daughter doesn’t like using this long cable on small items (rather than double-pointed needles) because they seem awkward and unwieldy to her. Since everything seems awkward and unwieldy to a new knitter, this never bothered me and now I’ve grown used to them. I like having just one needle in a size that can do so many jobs. My personal favorite brand is Addi.

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