Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Knit Mary Jane Slippers

I made these slippers for my daughter and the little stink didn't like them.  So I gave them to her friend who LOVED them, and then asked me to make some for her twin sisters... 

Knit Mary Jane Slippers
You will need
scrap yarn- I used about 1/4 skein of Homespun (on 3 slippers, the 1st was too small)
2 buttons
scrap fabric that coordinates with your yarn, or not
scrap ric rac, ribbon, trim etc.
2 safety pins
hot glue gun
Needle and thread
Size 9 straight and double pointed needles
Size I crochet hook

What you do
With straight needles, co 14 st, leaving some tail to sew the heel together.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 10 rows.
Next row (RS): k2, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k2 (12 st).  Work 3 rows even in St st.
*Next row (RS): k down row and co 12 st at end of row (24 st) work 2 rows even (this is the strap).
*Next row (WS): Bind off 12 st, p to end (12 st).  Work 4 rows even.
Next row (RS): k1, m1, k10, m1, k1 (14 st).  P 1 row.
Next row (RS): k2, m1, k10, m1, k2 (16 st). p 1 row.
Next row: With dpn#1, k6-dpn#2, k6-dpn#3, k4, co 4 st (20 st).  Knit 1 rnd.
Next row: k2, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k3 (18 st). k2 rnds even.
Next row: k7, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k to end (16 st). k2 rnds even.
Next row: k1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k to end (14 st). k1 rnd.
Next rnd: (k2tog) twice, k4, k2tog, k4 (11 st)
Next rnd: (k2tog)3 times, k3, k2tog (7 st).  Cut yarn and thread tail through rem. st.  Pull tight and weave in end.
Using the tail from your cast on, sew up the heel.  Using the crochet hook, work 1 row of sc into all st around the open edge of slipper.
For opposite slipper
Replace rows with a * with these directions:
Next row (RS): co 12st at beginning of row and knit down row (24 st). p 1 row.
Next row (RS): bo 12 st, k to end (12 st). Work 5 rows even.
Continue pattern as above.

Now it's time to make bows!
Cut a 3" square and press up the edges.  I used a flat iron for this because I was too lazy to go downstairs and get my real iron.  Plus, then I can do it sitting down.

Then fold one side up to the middle.

And fold the other side up to meet it.

I folded in my corners so none of the raw edges would show in my finished side.

This is what it will look like when you flip it over.

Pinch it together in the middle, creating a gather.

Stitch through the folds a few times and tie it off snugly.

Repeat this process to make another bow.

Now cut your ric rac, ribbon or trim to fit around the center of the bow.

Using the hot glue gun, glue down one end to the back of each bow.

Now here is a smart woman would have wrapped the safety pin in the trim piece before she glued the other end down.  I am not a smart woman.

So I had to glue the safety pins to the back of the bows.

Next, sew the end of the strap to the side of the slipper by sewing a decorative button on.  There is no button hole, so this is just for show.  The slipper is stretchy enough to be slipped on and off anyway.

Pin on your bows and you have a sweet pair of slippers!  These will fit an average 7-8 year old.  You can easily adjust them by using thinner yarn and smaller needles or thicker yarn and larger needles.

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