For the first time, I attemped knitting in the round. I have always been very intimidated by the process and was determined to avoid it at all costs. However, I came across one of the most adorable knitting patterns for little baby moccasins. Much to my dismay, the pattern required double pointed needles. The baby mocs were so cute that I just couldn’t pass them by. So I pulled up my big-girl panties, drove to Michaels to buy my first set of double pointed needles, and sat down with enough determination to make a cute little pair of baby mocs.
Much to my surprise and delight they turned out absolutely darling! I was left on such a knitting high. My knitting hands felt unstoppable! I began to scan the interweb for a slipper pattern that I could adapt into a pair of knitted slipper mocs for myself. I came across a great slipper pattern that seemed do-able from the search for awesomeness but made a few adaptions to turn the slippers into Native-American inspired moccasins. I made note of all my adaptions and decided to share them with you!
Before I lay out the pattern I just want to make a couple of notes. First of all, this pattern will make a woman’s size seven slipper but it can be adjusted to make them larger or smaller. The pattern will note when these changes can be made. Secondly, this pattern requires using a double strand of wool. I have found it easiest to do this by using two separate balls of the same wool and joining the strands from each ball. However, if you only have one ball of each colour, you can still do a double strand by combining the two separate ends. This may just require a little bit of organizing and un-tangling beforehand. Finally, you may find it useful to have a scrap paper and pencil on hand to note how many rows you have done. Since this project entails making two separate slippers, you want to ensure that they match exactly. This requires that you follow the pattern precisely. Now let’s get ready…
- 1 ball of wool in a main colour (MC) (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable brand wool in Topaz)
- 1 ball of wool in a contrast colour (CC) (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable brand wool in Aran)
- scraps of additional colours of wool for the sewn in design (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable brand wool in Chocolate and Vanna’s Choice brand wool in Brick and Silver Blue)
- one set of US 8 (5mm) double pointed needles
- large sewing needle
- a stitch marker
Now let’s get to the knitting…
Using two strands at a time, cast on 36 stitches in the CC. Place the stitches on three different double pointed needles, (12 stitches on each). Join the stitches to work in the round. Be sure that the stitches are not twisted.
Row 1: K1, P1, continue to repeat to the end of the first round. Place a stitch marker at the end of this round to mark the start of the round.
Row 2-12: Repeat Row 1 for the next 11 rows, for a total of 12 rows.
Change to your wool to the MC.
Row 13: knit.
Row 14: purl.
Repeat rows 13 and 14 an additional two times each, making a total of 6 rows.
You will now prepare the needles to work on the heel component. Re-arrange the stitches so that the needle you will be working with next has 18 stitches on it. This can be any stitches, just be sure that the working strand is at the end of this needle. The other two needles should each have 9 stitches on them. These 9 stitch needles can be ignored for the next little while. The needle with the 18 stitches on it will form the heel. On this needle, you will be working the following back and forth:
Row 1: *(s1 knitwise, k) and repeat from the * until the end of the row. It will end on a knit.
Row 2: s1 purlwise, purl until the end of the row.
Row 3-15: continue alternating between these two rows for the remaining 13 rows. You will end on a Row 1 pattern.
Now you will do some decrease rows so the three-dimensionality of the heel will begin to develop. Follow these rows exactly.
Row 16: s1 purlwise, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 17: s1 knitwise, k3, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 18: s1 purlwise, p4, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 19: s1 knitwise, k5, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 20: s1 purlwise, p6, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 21: sl knitwise, k7, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 22: s1 purlwise, p8, p2tog, turn
Row 23: s1 knitwise, k8, k2tog.
This will leave you with 10 stitches on your needle and the three-dimensionality of the heel beginning to show.
PREPARING FOR THE SOLE
Next you will have to pick up some of the stitches along the side of the heel that you just knit. To do this, hold your slipper so that the cuff is on the left, the back panel you just knit is down, and the heel shape is on the right. On a separate needle, pick up 9 stitches along the side of the heel panel. This new needle will be NEEDLE A.
Transfer all of the stitches that are on the two needles that have been ignored while creating the heel onto one needle. Do this by slipping 9 of the stitches knitwise onto the other needle. This needle will be NEEDLE B.
On the opposite side of the heel panel, pick up 9 stitches with another needle. This will be NEEDLE C.
Knit 5 of the stitches from the heel needle onto NEEDLE C. Please note that this will require you to break the working yarn and re-position it. Slip the remaining 5 stitches onto NEEDLE A. This will leave you with three needles (A, B, and C). NEEDLE A and C will each have 14 stitches and NEEDLE B will have 18 stitches.
BODY OF SLIPPER
The total number of stitches will be 46. What you need to do is get back to the initial number of stitches (36). This will require you to decrease the number of stitches on NEEDLE A and NEEDLE C so that each needle contains 9 stitches. To do this, follow this pattern:
Row 24: NEEDLE A: knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1; NEEDLE B: knit across; NEEDLE C: k1, ssk, knit to the end.
Row 25: Knit entire round.
Row 26-39: Repeat these two rows an additional 4 times each. When this is finished, NEEDLE A and NEEDLE C will have 9 stitches each and NEEDLE B will have 18 stitches.
Now you will begin just knitting in the round to build the body of the slipper. This section will affect your sizing. The following will create a Woman’s Size 7 slipper, but for larger or smaller slippers, adjust the number of rows. Note that the toe aspect of this pattern will be approximately 2.5 inches, so take that into account when adjusting the number of stitches.
Row 40: Knit the entire round.
Row 41-65: Repeat Row 40 an additional 24 times for a total of 25 knitted rounds.
This step really could be saved for the end, but I prefer to do it while the toe is still open for easy access to the inside of the slipper. You can now sew in a custom pattern to give your mocs a Native-American flare. I chose to use a light blue, rich red, and dark brown to create my pattern, however, the possibilities are endless. There is no rhyme or pattern to this, you just have to sew in whatever you would like. This is an image of the pattern I sewed in if you would like to use it or you can come up with your own!
Thread your needle with a long string of your desired colour. Sew in the desired pattern. Leave long tails to be sewn in when the slipper is complete.
When your needlework pattern is complete and you are satisfied, it is time to return to knitting. Using your A, B, and C needles, follow this sequence:
Row 66: NEEDLE A: k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; NEEDLE B: k1, ssk, k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, NEEDLE C: k1, ssk, knit to the end
Row 67: Knit
Row 68-75: Repeat Row 66 and Row 67 an additional four times.
Row 76: Repeat Row 66. This will leave you with 3 stitches each on NEEDLE A and C and 6 stitches on NEEDLE B. Knit the stitches from NEEDLE A onto NEEDLE C so that you only have two needles.
Using a Kitchener Stitch, finish off the toe. Do this by threading your sewing needle with the working strand (double) and using it to finish. Look online for instructions on how to complete this stitch. It may look difficult but it really is not hard at all.
Flip your slipper inside out and sew in any loose strands. Flip to the right side again, fold over the cuff, and try on your new slipper!
Repeat for the second slipper.
There you have it, friends. A lovely little pattern for your very own pair of slipper mocs. Please notify me if there are any corrections or issues. If you make this project and use your own needlework pattern, please let me know! I would love to see how you personalize your own pair. Now to leave off, I thought I would show you the cute little baby mocs that inspired this project. If you are interested in making a pair, you can access the pattern from The Purl Bee.
If you would prefer to reference this slipper moc pattern in PDF form, you can access it by CLICKING HERE.