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.
The Papa Bear slippers were made with double-stranded thick worsted yarn and #9 needles …
…the Mama Bear slippers were made with double-stranded thin worsted and #9 needles …
…and the Baby Bear slippers (sized for a 4-5 year-old child) were made with single-strand thin worsted and #7 needles.
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.