south marysburgh slippers
I first knit these in the summer on a cold cottage vacation in Prince Edward County. Even though our stays are short, I always feel very inspired, creative, and relaxed when we're there. Named after our South Marysburgh location, these slippers are both simple and tailored, and hopefully they will bring you comfort akin to the best of quiet vacations.
You will need:
- 1 ball worsted weight wool (I’ve used Quince & Co’s Owl, Lark and Naturally Drift)
- 4.5mm straight or circulars
- 4.5mm DPNs
- 5.5mm needle of any type (for optional seed stitch band)
- 1 stitch marker
Gauge is 18 stitches over 27 rows = 4” square
Size is for an average women’s foot, but with a flexible length. Although I haven’t tested it, I think a thicker wool and/or larger needles would result in a size suitable for men. If anyone wants to try it I’d love to hear the outcome!
P2tog: purl two stitches together
RS: right side
sl1: slip one stitch knitwise
skp: slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch
ssk: slip one stitch, slip another stitch then bring left hand needle into the fronts of both slipped stitches, and knit them together
st st: stockinette stitch
WS: wrong side
Starting with a knit row, work 12 rows in st st, ending on a WS row.
TURN THE HEEL
On next RS row, K14, skp, and turn your work.
R1: (WS) sl1, P9, P2tog, turn your work.
R2: (RS) sl1, K9, skp, turn your work.
Repeat these two rows until you have 11 sts left on your needle, having just finished a RS row.
With the RS still facing you, pick up 8 sts along the st st edge to your left and place them on your needle. Turn your work and purl across all 19 sts on the needle, then pick up 8 more sts on remaining st st side and place them on your needle too (27 stitches total). Starting with a K row, work 15 rows in st st.
At this point, transfer your stitches to DPNs. Using the backward loop method, CO 9, place marker, and join in the round (36 stitches total). Work st st in the round until the slipper length measures 1.75” less than your foot length (or the length of a loved one’s foot!)
Slip marker and K4. To make the decreases more manageable, shift your stitches around a little: place the next 9 stitches on a DPN and think of this as your first needle. Place the next 9 stitches on another needle, followed by 9 sts on another, and then another. Your stitches are now divided equally over 4 needles. You can remove the marker at this point (which would be happily nestled between stitches on your fourth needle). The following rows start at the first stitch on your first needle.
R1: [K1, ssk, K12, K2tog, K1] 2 times. (32 stitches total)
R3: [K1, ssk, K10, K2tog, K1] 2 times. (28 stitches total)
R5: [K1, ssk, K8, K2tog, K1] 2 times. (24 stitches total)
R7: [K1, ssk, K6, K2tog, K1] 2 times. (20 stitches total)
R9: [K1, ssk, K4, K2tog, K1] 2 times. (16 stitches total)
R11: K2tog 8 times. (8 stitches total)
Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Tighten and weave in yarn end on the inside of the slipper.
SEED STITCH BAND (optional)
At this point the slipper is pretty cute and wearable, but if you’re anything like me, you might prefer a nice finished band. Using DPNs, pick up 45 stitches evenly around the slipper opening (14 across the heel section, 11 along each side and 9 across the front) and place marker.
R1: [K1, P1] to end.
R2: [P1, K1] to end.
R3: [K1, P1] to end.
Bind off using 5.5mm needle so that the opening is flexible.
Make a companion slipper following the same instructions. Weave in ends and immediately slip onto a pair of cold feet.
(Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not use for commercial purposes.)