Friday, September 7, 2007

Peas & Carrots Pattern

As a bonus, here's the pattern for the Peas and Carrots slippers! You can use any colours you'd like, of course. It's a great way to use up leftovers!

It's familiar to many of you, I'm sure, as it's old as the hills and there are many, MANY versions of it out there. This is my version, with sizes for kids, women, and men.

If you spot any problems, or have any questions, please feel free to email me at (shifty DOT frog AT gmail DOT com)!

Basic Knitted Slippers in 3 Sizes

(This is a child's size slipper)

Size: Child (Women's, Men's)

Materials: Size 9 U.S. (5.5mm) needles, size K (6.5mm) crochet hook, 7 -8 oz worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge: 4 sts = 1 inch 8 rows (4 ridges) = 1 inch

NOTE: Slippers are worked with double strand of yarn.

To Make:

With double strand of yarn, cast on 27 (29, 35) sts.

Row 1: wrong side - K9 (9 - 11), p1, k7, (9-11), p 1, k 9 (9-11)

Row 2: 2-K all sts.

Repeat these 2 rows for 5 (6, 8) ins., or 2 (2 ¼, 2 ½ ) ins. less than desired finished length. End having just worked a wrong side row.

Begin Toe:

Row 1 - P1, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end.

Row 2 - K1,* p1, k1; repeat from * to end.

Repeat these 2 rows of ribbing for 1 ½ (2, 2) ins., end having just worked a wrong side row.

First decrease row -- Work ribbing for 7 (7, 9) sts, *slip 1 (as if to knit), k1, pass slipped stitch over, k 1, k 2 tog. *, work 3 (5, 7) sts ribbing, repeat between *'s once, finish row in ribbing; 23 (25, 31) sts.

Next row -- Work 7 (7, 9) sts ribbing, p 3, work 3 (5, 7) sts ribbing, p 3, finish row in ribbing.

2nd decrease row -- Work 6 (6, 8) sts, *k2 tog, k 1, slip 1 as if to knit, k1, pass slipped stitch over*, work 1 (3, 5) sts, repeat between *'s once, finish row in ribbing; 19 (21,27) sts. Break yarn leaving a long tail. Draw tail through all sts twice; fasten off securely.

Finishing -- Fold cast on edge in half and sew edges together for back heel, gathering in the center sts securely. Sew side edges of ribbing and foot together for 3 (4, 5) ins. from toes.

For Cuff – With size K (6.5mm) crochet hook and double strand of yarn, work 3 rounds of single crochet around top of slipper, or 2 rounds of half double crochet. Fasten off, and weave in all ends securely. Now make another!

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