Sunday, September 28, 2008

Crochet Adult Slippers


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This is a good example of how the same project, made by the same person, with the same hook and same brand yarn(different color) can create a different size. Both slippers were made with 4-ply Redheart yarn. The only difference is the color. The gray slipper turned out to be larger than the white slipper.

Crochet Adult Slippers

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Adult Slippers

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
EA = Each
SL ST = Slip Stitch
FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
ST = Stitch
DEC = Decrease

Materials:
Size “H” Crochet Hook
4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn - 300 yards 
3 yarn markers – Contrasting scrap yarn is all that is needed for this.

Gauge: 14 Stitches = 4” , 17 =Rows 4”
If your 14 stitches are less than 4”, then you crochet tighter than I do. You will need to adjust your hook size to a larger hook or more stitches per 4” to adjust the total stitch outcome, or your slipper may be to tight. If your stitches are more than 4” then you crochet looser than I do. You may need to adjust to a smaller hook or less stitches per 4”. Try it on after about 6 rows or so. You will have a good idea if you need to make it larger or smaller for your foot size. You will not have a lot of rows invested so ripping out will not be as painful.

Slipper Foundation
I am providing two ways to start the slipper. I have found that I like the foundation stitches as opposed to the chain which leaves gaps and holes. I know some of you are more comfortable with the chain so I have included instructions for both starting methods. This is not meant to confuse anyone. It is meant to offer two methods to start the slipper.

Starting Foundation 1: 8 Foundation Single Crochet
OR
Starting Foundation 2: Chain 9, 8 SC in chain.

The first row will be worked around both sides of the foundation.

Round 1: CH 1, 3 SC in the same SC, 1 SC in each of the next 6, 3 SC in the next SC, 1 SC in ea of the next 6 SC, join with SL ST to beg SC. (18 SC total in this row)

Round 2: CH 1, *2 SC in same st, 1 SC in next ST, 2 SC in next ST, 1 SC in ea of the next 6 ST’s, do two times total from *, join with SL ST in beg SC. (22 SC total in this round)

Round 3-17: 1 SC in each stitch around. We will be working in a continual round so get a yarn marker to mark your first stitch. When you complete round 3, you will crochet in the top of the first single crochet instead of joining. This creates the continual round. (22 SC total)
Note: If you find that you need a longer or shorter slipper, this is the first place where length can be adjusted in the slipper. You can do additional rows or less rows to fit your foot.

Round 18: Continue working in the continual round; *2 SC, 1 SC, 6 times total from *. This is forming the top section across the top of the foot. 1 SC in ea of the next 10 SC. (28 SC total)

Round 19-24: Continue working in the continual round; SC in ea SC around. (28 SC total for each round)

Heel Bottom and Sides: This section will be worked in rows. Leave the top 9 SC open. Mark the stitches that should remain open with a yarn marker.

Row 25: From the marker, SC over 19 SC to the other marker. Turn. I am turning and doing the single crochet without the chain 1 for the remaining rows of this project. Turn. (19 SC total)

Row 26-35: SC in each stitch across. Turn. (19 SC total)
Note: If you find that you need a longer or shorter slipper, this is the second place where length can be adjusted in the slipper. You can do additional rows or less rows to fit your foot.

Row 36: 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, * 1 single crochet decrease over the next 2 stitches, 4 times total from *. You are turning 8 stitches in to 4 stitches. 1 SC in each of the next 6. Even though the last set of single crochet is 1 stitch more, it will still turn out even.

Row 37: 1 SC in ea of the next 4 SC, * 1 single crochet decrease over the next 2 stitches, 3 times total from *. You are turning 8 stitches in to 4 stitches. 1 SC in each of the next 5. Even though the last set of single crochet is 1 stitch more, it will still turn out even.
From the inside of the slipper, slip stitch the remaining stitches together, closing the heel end of the slipper.

Slipper Opening: Do 2 rounds of single crochet round the opening. Cut yarn and sew in tail.

Cuff
The cuff is created with the Tunisian Knit Stitch in the video tutorial. You can use another cuff for your slipper.

Chain 40 – Adjust the length for a larger or smaller cuff. The cuff is eased on when sewn to the slipper so a few more or less stitches will not make that big of a difference.

Rows 1-8: Do 8 rows of the knit stitch. Secure and cut off about an 18” tail.

Sew the back of the cuff together. Turn the cuff inside out and place it over and outside of the opening edge of the slipper. Sew the cuff to the opening. Turn the remaining edge of the cuff to the inside of the slipper and sew it shut.

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