Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Nanny Slipper

A show and tell for Suzy. To see more great S&T go to Mary's place.

The Nanny slipper is famous in our family because when Nanny was still with us there was never a lack of these slippers around!

This particular example is being knit with two seperate colours - remember I'm trying to use up the yarn! Using 4.5mm needles (I'm afraid I only speak Canadian sizes)
Cast on 2 stitches.
1st row - knit
2nd row - **increase one stitch in first stitch (knit into front and back of first stitch), knit to end of row.
Knit 2 rows**.
Repeat ** to ** until you have 14stitches (large), 12stitches (medium), 10stitches (small).
(you should have the triangle shape as seen in the above picture)

Cast on another 13stitches (M-11)(S-9).
Knit these new stitches, P1, knit to last stitch, P1.
Cast on equal stitches for opposite side of slipper.
1st full row - Knit all stitches.
2nd row - Knit 13 (11)(9), P1, Knit to end.
3rd row - Knit.
Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows until slipper measures reaches from heel of foot to first joint of large toe (ball of foot). Knit side of slipper showing for next row.
(the picture above is at this point - notice the ridge created on the all knit side of slipper)

Shaping the toe:
1st row - k2, (p1, k1) six times for large (5x for medium)(4x for small)
2nd row - (k1, p1) seven times for large (6x for medium)(5x for small)
Repeat these two rows nine times for large (7x for medium)(5x for small)

K2together until end of row.
purl one row.
K2together until end of row.
Cast of knit way and tie off with long tail for sew up top of slipper.
(this is where the above picture was taken)
Sew up heel and slip them on!

The slipper should feel snug when first worn and will stretch to fit the feet of the wearer. They are warm and comfortable.

Good luck and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Great tutorial even though I'm not that handy. We used to have a dear friend of the family that made slippers like this every year for the family. She can no longer do this, but I do have a special pair that she made for me for my wedding night. She knew that after the wedding my feet would probably be sore, so she made me a pair of white ones for me to wear at the reception. Ahh...such fond memories. Thank you for the trip down memory lane :)


Mary @ Raising 4 Godly Men said...

These are very similar to ones I made that I felted. [0= One difference was after felted you knit a cuff. I love these slippers ! Thank you for sharing with us my SSiC.

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Tina said...

We will have to tuck this pattern away and try it! It looks simple enough and the fit is just right.

Tammie @ Are You For Real? said...

I love the fact that you've kept a special part of your family tradition by knitting the same slippers that your Nana made. How thoughtful of you to share!

Mrs. Parunak said...

Those look so cute! I would love to be able to knit, but right now I can't tackle any new projects. Maybe when my girls get a little older we can learn together.

Pam said...

My aunt used to make slippers like this for our family. They were so comfortable.
Thanks for sharing and bringing back fond memories.

Sandpiper said...

My dd is learning to knit. Maybe she'll be able to make these! They sure look cozy!