I am definitely a winter season lover. I do enjoy the summer but by far winter is my favourite season. During the spring I am planting seeds, mapping out gardens and preparing soil. There is also the great spring clean up from everything the snow hid for the last 4 months. By the time summer comes it’s on to planting those lovely seeds, constantly pulling weeds, maintaining and mending fences and so on. When fall finally comes around it’s time to harvest everything, cut wood and prepare your house and pantry for the winter. Basically by the time winter finally hits, I’m completely burnt out and am so ready to rest beside a warm wood stove. This is typically when I do my most crocheting because there aren’t that many other things to do around our farm.
In our home, most of our time is spent socializing in the kitchen while we cook. This summer we renovated our kitchen and put in a tile floor. Here is the issue; tile floors are cold. Painfully cold. We heat with wood only so the floor doesn’t have much of a chance to heat up any more than it already has. I have a pair of slippers that were great in our old house, but unfortunately, I have worn them so much that there isn’t much material on the bottoms anymore. I had to make a pair.
Making slippers is another project that always got the better of me. How do I make the heel? Should I start it with a magic circle at the toe or start at the cuff and work my way down? Sometimes you reach a point where you have to accept a challenge that takes you out of your comfort zone. My point was this tile floor and the fact my feet were so cold they ached. Challenge accepted!
I found a few written patterns in an old book that was given to me, then watched some video tutorials and wrote out what I thought might work. I tried it and failed. After a few tweaks to my pattern, I figured it out! Man-oh-Man these slippers are absolutely my most treasured thing in this whole house right now! I hope that this pattern is helpful for you too.
- Bulky yarn (I used Loops & Threads CHARISMA TWEED STRIPS #5 Bulky Yarn)
- Size J/10-6.00MM Hook
- Embroidery Needle
- sc – Single crochet
- dc – Double crochet
- *fsc – Foundation single crochet (see stitch explanation below)
- slst – slip stitch
- ch – chain
- st – stitch
*Foundations Single Crochet: This stitch is a wonderful alternative for using a chain in instances where you are making an intentional opening in your row. To do a foundation single crochet, follow these steps: Ch 2 then insert your hook into the 2nd ch from your hook. Pull up a loop then yarn over and pull through only one loop. This is your foundation chain. Yarn over once more so that you have 3 loops on your hook and pull through both loops. This is your first fsc. To do another fsc, simply insert your hook into the foundation ch from the previous fsc and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop. Yarn over once more and pull through both loops. Repeat this as many times as instructed in your pattern.
- Keep in mind that this slipper will stretch out a bit because of the dc stitch. If you wish to do a sc stitch to keep the stitches tighter, I recommend using a hook 1 size larger so that the stitch remains a little loose for ventilation purposes!
- If you notice that you have 1 too many sts or 1 too few sts at the end of a row, make sure you are not working into the slst from the previous row. Also, we slst into the first st to joint the row, but this is still a working st that will be used in the row.
The Toe and Body:
Row 1: Ch 6. Sc into the second st from your hook. Sc into the next 3 sts. Sc 3 sts into the last ch to turn the corner. Working down the other side of the chain, sc into the next 3 sts. Work 2 sc into the last st. Slst into the first st to join the row. You should have a total of 12 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Work 2 sc into the next 2 sts. Sc in the next 3 sts. Work 2 sc into the next 3 sts then 1 sc in the following 3 sts. 2 sc into the last st. Slst into the first st to join the row. You should have a total of 18 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Work 1 sc into the first st, then 2 sc into the next. 1 sc in the next 3 sts. [1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st] repeat 3 times. 1 sc in the next 3 sts. [1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st] repeat this twice. Slst in the first st to join the row. You should now have 24 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4-5: There is no more increasing. Sc in each st around. Be sure that you still have 24 sts at the end. slst into the first st to join the row. Ch 1, turn (at the end of row 5, ch 2)
Row 6-15: Dc in each st around for a total of 24 sts. Slst into the first st to join the row. Ch 2, turn.
**The body of this slipper can be longer or shorter depending on the size of your foot. Simply add rows or don’t do as many. The slipper should come to where your foot becomes your ankle at the top of your foot and just before your heel at the bottom of your foot.
Row 16: Fsc 9 sts (See stitch * explanation above). Skip 9 sttches. Make sure that you do not twist the fsc chain when re-attaching it to the slipper body. Work a dc into the 10th st. Complete the row with dc in each st. Slst into the first st to join the row. You will still have 24 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 17-20: Dc around the row. Slst into the first st to join the row. Ch 2, turn.
**Same as with the body of the slipper, if you would like a longer cuff, simply add more rows, keep in mind you make need to increase stitches if you go up to or past your calf.
Attach your work at the right side of the heel opening with a slip stitch.
Row 1: Ch 1. Sc 22 stitches evenly around the opening of the heel. Slst into the first stitch to join the row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc 9 st, decrease on the the 10th. Sc 9 more sts then decrease the last st. Slst to join the row then ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: Sc 8 sts, decrease on the 9th. Sc 8 more sts then decrease on the last st. Slst to join the row then ch 1 and turn.
Row 4: Sc 7 sts, decrease on the 8th. Sc 7 more sts then decrease on the last st. Slst to join the row then ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: Sc 6 sts, decrease on the 7th. Sc 6 more sts then decrease on the last st. Slst to join the row then ch 1 and turn.
Row 6: Sc 5 sts, decrease on the 6th. Sc 5 more sts then decrease on the last st. Slst to join the row then ch 1 and turn.
Tie off your end but leave a long tail. Using your embroidery needle, weave the hole together from end to end then pull slightly to snug the seam. Weave in all loose ends on the slipper.
That’s the end of the pattern. I really hope that you were able to use this pattern to keep your toes warm! As a side note, this is the first time that I have used this yarn and for anyone looking for a great quality bulky yarn, go with this! I almost don’t want to put these slippers on my feet because the material is so nice!
Happy crocheting everyone!