ella liked my new slippers so much that she wanted a pair of her own.
the duffers pattern is written for adult sizes so i had to fiddle with it to get something that would fit her. the fact that they are felted really helped. i subtracted 4 stitches from the cast on of the smallest size, and reduced the center front section by 2 stitches. so a total of 6 stitches less than the smallest cast on number from the pattern.
the pattern as adjusted to fit her almost size 2 piggies is as follows:
cast on 50. if you are knitting the two color slippers, cast on with the color you want the bottom of the slipper to be.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2 and all even rows: Knit
Row 3: K1, M1, K23, M1, K2, M1, K23, M1, K1 (54 stitches)
Row 5: K1, M1, K25, M1, K2, M1, K25, M1, K1 (58 stitches)
Row 7: K1, M1, K27, M1, K2, M1, K27, M1, K1 (62 stitches)
Row 9: K1, M1, K29, M1, K2, M1, K29, M1, K1 (66 stitches)
that completes the sole of your slipper . if you are knitting the two color slippers, change to your upper color here and leave a long tail of the bottom yarn to sew up the sole with.
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: Purl
Row 12: K27, K3 tog, K6, SSSK, K27 (62 stitches)
Row 13: P26, SSP, P6, P2 tog, P26 (60 stitches)
Row 14: K24, K3 tog, K6, SSSK, K24 (56 stitches)
Row 15: P23, SSP, P6, P2 tog, P23 (54 stitches)
Row 16: K21, K3 tog, K6, SSSK, K21 (50 stitches)
Row 17: P1, SSP, P17, SSP, P6, P2 tog, P177, P2 tog, P1 (46 stitches)
Row 18: K1 K2 tog, K14, K3 tog, K8, SSSK, K14, SSK, K1 (40 stitches)
Row 19: P1, SSP, P12, SSP, P8, P2 tog, P12, P2 tog, P1 (36 stitches)
cast off, leaving a small yarn tail for the two-color slippers, or one long tail for the one-color slippers.
to form the slipper, fold it in half so that the cast on edge meets. that is the center bottom of the slipper. sew together along the heel and sole. i used a whip stitch for both heel and sole, bringing the edges together so they just meet but not tightly, so there would not be a ridge when the slippers were felted.
i felted mine in a front loading machine, using a hot wash cycle and cold rinse. you can of course felt yours in a top loader if that is what you have. when they are the right size, take them out, shape them by hand and let them dry.
for the SRC: these used even less yarn than mine did—probably about 40 yards of black and maybe 75 yards of the red and pink. but i did have to spend a LOT of time with the calculator so i’m giving myself 400 points for eventually getting the math right.
*i have not tested these to smaller sizes so i don’t know if the above formula would work on little feet. i might give it a try later this winter. in the meantime, if you do try it, come back and comment to let us all know how it went!