Knitted Owl Slipper Pattern - NEW!!!  

Knitted Owl Slipper Pattern


Knitted owl slippers

Awesome cozy slippers with a delightful cable owl motif. The inspiration came to me while scrolling through the wonders of the internet and stumbling on slippers that were made in one piece on circular needles but back and forth. I couldn't for the life of me figure it out, the pattern wasn't in English, so I decided to design my own!

I came up with a very basic design, but then was inspired to make the top of the toe something special. I loved the look of a knitted cable owl on hats, mitts and scarves and next thing you know, this pattern was born! 

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Please be warned, this is not a pattern for beginners. I used a very different technique involving multiple sets of needles. I included photos to demonstrate how I'm using the extra set and it totally works! Trust me.

Things You Need

2 sets of size 4 mm (US size 6) single point knitting needles.

Cable needle

Stitch holder

1 ball of worsted weight yarn (average 260 yard, 5 oz or 141 gram ball will be more than enough).

I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn when designing the pattern.

4 – 4 mm beads for eyes. You can use larger ones or very small buttons, too.

Needle and thread to sew on eyes

Tapestry needle to sew in ends

Knitted owl Slipper pattern

Gauge

With size4 mm (US size 6) needles or whatever size you need to obtain the correct number of stitches and rows. Be sure to check your gauge otherwise the sizing won't be correct.

Instockinette

4” = 20 sts

4” = 30 rows

Sizes (are written as such)

Women's 6-7 (8-9,10-11, 12-13)

Men's 5-6 (7-8, 9-10, 11-12)

To Begin

Cast on 44 (48, 54, 58)

Row 1- 6: Knit across. Break yarn when completed row 6.

Knit Owl Slippers

Toe Flap

Row 7: With RIGHT side facing, transfer the first 15 (17, 20, 22) stitches to a stitch holder. Reattach the yarn and knit the next 14 stitches (the start of the toe flap with the owl motif). Leave the remaining 15 (17, 20, 22) stitches on the needle unworked.

The following rows are worked back and forth on the 14 toe flap stitches only!

Row 8: Purl across (14 stitches; wrong side)

Row 9: Knit across. (Right side)

Row 10: Purl across.

Row 11: Knit across.

Row 12: Purl across.

Row 13: K2 P1 K8 P1 K2

Row 14: P2 K1 P8 K1 P2

Row 15: K2 P1 C4F C4B P1 K2

Row 16: As row 14 (Wrong side)

Row 17: As row 13

Row 18: As row 14

Row 19: As row 13

Row 20: As row 14

Row 21: As row 15 (Cables; Right side)

Row 22: P2 K1 P2 K4 P2 K1 P2

Row 23: K2 P1 K2 P4 K2 P1 K2

Row 24: As row 22

Row 25: As row 23 (Right side)

Row 26: As row 22

Row 27: As row 23

Row 28: As row 22

Row 29: As row 15 (Cables; Right side)

Row 30: P2 K10 P2 (Wrong side)

Row 31: Knit across.

Row 32: Purl across. Break yarn. You'll have the 14 stitches of the toe flap on your needle and the 15 (17, 20, 22) stitches you left on the needle when you started making the toe flap.

Making the Sides of the Slipper

This is where you're going to need the extra set of knitting needles. You'll be knitting back and forth in rows but the turn around the toe is too tight to use circular needles. For this, you'll put the 14 toe flap stitches on one of your extra needles. It's a little unconventional, but it works.

Row 33: With the RIGHT side facing, transfer the 15 (17, 20, 22) stitches from the stitch holder onto one of your needles. Attach your yarn and knit the 15 (17, 20,22) stitches. Pick up 13 stitches evenly along the edge of the toe flap. (All of these stitches are on ONE needle. (28, 30, 33, 35) stitches on this needle)

With another needle, knit the 14 stitches of the toe flap. Leave the remaining 15 (17, 20, 22) stitches on the other needle unworked for now. (14 stitches on this needle)

With another needle, pick up 13 stitches evenly along the side of the toe flap. Knit the remaining 15 (17, 20, 22) stitches on the next needle. (28, 30, 33, 35 stitches on this needle)

You should now have 3 needles holding stitches with all the points pointing as shown below when laid flat. You also have one spare needle to knit with. You are now going to knit in rows, back and forth with these three needles. Once you finish knitting all the stitches on one needle, move on to the next needle (the point of the needle is right there) until you complete the row.

Another way to say it for the following rows, knit all the stitches forming the side of the slipper, knit the 14 stitches holding the toe flap stitches, then knit the other side of the slipper (counts as one row). Turn. Repeat.

Knit the next 9 (11, 13, 15, 17) rows

There are 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) ridges on the tip of the toe.

The photo below shows the 6 ridges for the women's size 8-9 or the men's 7-8.

Making the Sole

Next Row: With WRONG side facing. Cast off all the stitches from the first needle loosely. You'll need to pass the last stitch from the first needle over the first stitch of the toe flap stitches (second needle).

Using the same needle that now has one stitch, knit the remaining 13 stitches of the toe flap. Cast off all the stitches from the third needle loosely. Break yarn.

Next Row: With the RIGHT side facing, attach yarn and knit the first stitch of the cast off stitches by the toe flap (cast off stitch on the right by the point of the needle).

(The photo above is taken from the wrong side. It's hard to see it from the right side)

(This photo is taken from the right side.)

K2tog. Knit to the last 2 stitches K2tog. Pick up the cast off stitch by the point of your needle. (14 stitches).

(Left edge)

Quick tip – wrap the yarn counterclockwise around your needle and turn it down to pull the yarn through the cast off stitch on the right. If you have a hard time doing this, you can also use a crochet hook to pull the loop through and place that loop on your working needle.

You now are working back and forth along the bottom of the foot picking up one cast off stitch on each side as you go.

Next Row: Knit across.

*Next Row: Pick up the next stitch of the cast off stitches. K2tog. Knit to the last 2 stitches K2tog. Pick up the cast off stitch on the other side of the slipper by the point of your needle. (14 stitches). Click here for some help on picking up the correct cast off stitches.

(Right edge)

Next Row: Knit across*

Repeat from * to * down the entire length of the foot. There are equal number of cast off stitches along each side. How many rows varies depending on the size of slipper you're making. Be sure to end with a completed knit across row.

Making the Heel

Next Row: With the RIGHT side facing, count down 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog twice. Knit to the last 4 stitches. K2tog twice. Count down 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. (12 stitches)

The photo above shows 9 rows of ridges on the right edge for women's size 8-9 or men's size 7-8.

The photo above shows 9 rows of ridges on the left edge for women's size 8-9 or men's size 7-8.

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Count down 7 (8, 9, 10,11) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog. Knit until the last 2 stitches. K2tog. Count down 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it.

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Count down 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog twice. Knit until the last 4 stitches. K2tog twice. Count down 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. (10 stitches)

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Count down 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog. Knit until the last 2 stitches. K2tog. Count down 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it.

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Count down 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog twice. Knit until the last 4 stitches. K2tog twice. Count down 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. (8 stitches)

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Count down 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog. Knit until the last 2 stitches. K2tog. Count down 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it.

Next Row: Knit across.

Next Row: Count down 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. K2tog twice. Knit until the last 4 stitches. K2tog twice. Count down 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) ridges and pick up a stitch in the space beneath it. (6 stitches)

Next row: Knit across.

❤︎ Next Row: Pick up a stitch along the edge in the space beneath the next ridge. K2tog. Knit until the last 2 stitches. K2tog. Pick up a stitch along the edge beneath the next ridge.

Next Row: Knit across. ❤︎

Repeat from ❤︎ to ❤︎ until there are no more ridges.

Last Row: Pick up a stitch along the top. K2tog. Knit until the last 2 stitches. K2tog. Pick up a stitch along the top.

Cast off.

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Hints and Tips

When picking up stitches from the cast off row, be sure you're really moving on to the next cast off stitch! It's an easy mistake to make. If in doubt, give the needle holding the stitches a bit of a tug. You'll see the yarn move slightly at the very back, closest to the needle. Pick up a stitch at the NEXT cast off stitch.

If you don't have the same number of stitches on both sides when you are forming the sole, you may have picked up a stitch twice in one stitch or missed one. Don't worry! This is fixable. You can skip one cast off stitch if you need to make it even, or pick up a cast off stitch twice on the other side. There's enough stretch in the slipper that any puckering this causes won't be overly visible if you're off by a stitch or two.

Picking up the stitches evenly along the toe flap is about 1 stitch every other row.

An odd row is always the right side of your work; an even row is the wrong side

To speed up finishing the slippers and not have so many ends to sew in, hold the yarn ends to the back of your work as you knit.

Abbreviations

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit 2 together

st – stitch

sts - stitches

C4F (cable 4 forward) – With the cable needle, transfer the next 2 stitches to your cable needle. Bring these stitches to the front of your work. Knit the next 2 stitches from the needle. Knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

C4B (cable 4 back) – With the cable needle, transfer the next 2 stitches to your cable needle. Bring these stitches to the back of your work. Knit the next 2 stitches from the needle. Knit the stitches from the cable needle.

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