How to Knit 2-Needle Slippers
How nice it is to put on soft socks, cuddle in a blanket, and drink hot cocoa on a chilly winter evening, especially if you’ve knitted those socks yourself! Knitting-savvy DIYers will agree that the process is a form of meditation. Not only does it calm the nerves, but it also allows to create something that no one else will have. Ordinarily, to knit slippers or socks you would need four knitting needles, and this may seem quite inconvenient for beginners. Hence, we are very excited to show you how to simplify the task.
Indeed, knitting these soft winter slipper socks is not difficult at all. Today, Cook It will share with you step-by-step instructions on how to knit seamless, patterned slippers with two needles. Just look at how beautiful these are!
How to Knit Slippers
- a pair of circular knitting needles
- 2 colors of yarn
- scrap yarn for provisional cast on
- an extra knitting needle
- a regular needle
Knitting the Cuff
- Knitting slippers starts with knitting the cuff. In order to do this, you’ll need size 8 (5-mm) knitting needles. To begin with, cast 23 stitches onto scrap yarn. Knit 3 rows using the stockinette stitch, including the initial stitches, with the yarn for the cuff and heel.
- Lift the first stitch. On your knitted rows, the green yarn separates the main color, so you need to lift the brown loop first over to the left knitting needle, knit one stitch and purl the next stitch, then lift the bottom stitch back over to the left knitting needle and knit one stitch. Repeat for the entire row. Thus, the number of stitches doubles.
- Let out the scrap yarn and take the yarn for the body of the slippers. In this case, it is white.
- Lift the first stitch, knit one stitch, and then purl the next stitch. The last stitch in the row is a purl.
- Turn the yarn over, lift the first stitch, and knit the next row the same way: knit, purl. Knit twelve rows.
- Once the twelve rows are knitted, proceed with knitting in garter stitch: lift the first stitch and knit 21 stitches up to the middle of the cuff.
- From the 22nd stitch, knit front and back: first knit normally into the stitch but instead of dropping the loop off the left-hand needle at the end, you knit into the back of it first, creating two stitches from one.
- Knit the remaining loops normally to the end of the row, do not forget to purl the last stitch.
- Row 14: Lift the first stitch and knit 16 stitches normally and then purl the next 12.
- The 15th row is knitted with normal stitches, except for the selvage loop.
- The 16th row is knitted in the same way as the 14th: 16 regular stitches, 12 purls, then 16 regular and a purl.
- Starting with the 17th row, the knitting of a pattern begins. Lift the first stitch and knit 16 stitches normally. Pull three stitches onto the extra knitting needle. Knit the next three stitches normally, and then the lifted three stitches also normally.
- Pull three more stitches onto the extra knitting needle and place it before your knitting, Knit the next three stitches normally, and then the lifted three stitches also normally. Finish the 17th row with regular knit stitches.
- Row 18: Lift the first stitch, knit 16 stitches normally, purl the next 12, then 16 regular and a purl.
- The 19th row is knitted with normal stitches.
- 20th row: Lift the first stitch, knit 16 stitches normally, purl the next 12, then 16 regular and a purl.
Knitting the Body
- Starting with the 21st row, we begin knitting the body, i.e., its 1st row. Cut the yarn and pull 22 stitches onto the right needle. Take a new yarn and knit 20 stitches.
- 2nd row: selvage loop, knit 4, purl 12, knit 4.
- 3rd row: the first and last stitches are selvage, the entire row is knitted with normal stitches.
- The 4th row is knitted like the 2nd.
- 5th row: selvage stitch, knit 4, pull three stitches onto the extra knitting needle, place it behind the knitting, and knit 3 stitches. Pull three stitches onto the extra knitting needle, place it behind the knitting, and knit 3 stitches, then knit 4 and finish with a selvage stitch.
- The 6th row is knitted like the 2nd and 4th.
- 7th row: selvage stitch, knit 20, selvage stitch.
- The 8th row is the same as the 2nd, 4th, 6th.
- Knit rows 9–32 using the same sequence to the desired length. To figure out how long you need the top of your slipper to be, measure your foot. The length should be ¾-inch (2 cm) shorter.
- 33rd row: lift the first stitch, knit 2 stitches together with the knit stitch to the right (braid 3 by 3 to the right), then knit 16, and 2 together with the knit stitch to the left (braid 3 by 3 to the left), selvage stitch.
- 34th row: selvage stitch, knit 3, purl 12, knit 3, selvage stitch.
- 35th row: selvage stitch, knit 2 stitches together to the right, knit 14, knit 2 stitches together to the left, selvage stitch. The number of stitches has decreased to 18.
- 36th row: selvage stitch, knit 2, purl 12, knit 2, selvage stitch.
- 37th row: selvage stitch, knit 2 stitches together to the right, braid 3 by 3 to the left, braid 3 by 3 to the left, braid 3 by 3 to the right, knit 2 stitches together to the left, selvage stitch.
- 38th row: selvage stitch, knit 1, purl 12, knit 1, selvage stitch.
- 39th row: selvage stitch, knit 2 stitches together to the right, knit 3, knit 2 stitches together to the right, knit 2 stitches together to the left, knit 3, knit 2 stitches together to the left, selvage stitch. A total of 12 stitches.
- Knit the 40th row with purl stitches. The top part of the slippers is done, cut the yarn.
- Start knitting the heel using brown yarn, moving to the right side of the stitches. For convenience, transfer the stitches to the left knitting needle. 1st row of the heel: selvage stitch, knit 11, then knit 20 stitches along the right side of the top part of the knitting. Next, knit 12 toe stitches and cast on 20 more knit stitches along the second part of the slipper. Then knit 12 and finish with a selvage stitch.
- Knit the 2nd up to 10th rows normally.
Knitting the Heel
- 1st row: selvage stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 29, knit 2 stitches together, knit 3, knit 2 stitches together, knit 3 stitches together. Next, knit 2 stitches together, knit 29, knit 2 stitches together.
- Knit the 2nd row of the heel normally to the end of the row.
- 3rd row: selvage stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 28, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 more, again knit 2 stitches together, knit 27, knit 2 stitches together, finish with a selvage stitch.
- The 4th row is knitted normally to the end of the row, except for the last stitch.
- 5th row: selvage stitch, 2 together, knit 26, 2 together, knit 1, 2 together, knit 1, 2 together, knit 26, 2 together, and selvage stitch.
- The 6th row is knitted normally.
- Knit the 7th row knit stitches: selvage stitch, 2 together, 24, 2 together 3 times, 25, 2 together, selvage stitch.
- 8th row: selvage stitch, knit 27. As a result, there are 28 loops on each knitting needle. Finally, you can join them. Before that, reserve 24 inches (60 cm) of thread and cut off the rest. Connect the two halves of the heel with a needle with a blind seam.
If you’re a beginner, then try knitting without a pattern first. So long as you choose nice yarn, you’ll still end up with gorgeous end-result. You’ll be able to knit cozy slippers in about a day or so, and once you get the hang of it, it will take you only a few hours. Grab your yarn and repeat the steps! Hopefully, the instructions did not seem confusing, and you will try knitting slippers for your loved ones — they’ll make mindful Christmas presents.
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