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Bull's Eye Slipper-Sock

Supplied courtesy of lvBOOKS at http://www.lrvictor.bravepages.com


 

Slipper pattern, all pictures & web page are Copyright © 2004 by Linda Victorek/lvBOOKS. Pattern may be used for personal use.

 

Made of worsted weight yarn, this is too thick to be a sock, but can be worn about the house as a slipper.

Gauge: In Garter: 4.5 sts = 1Ē

              20 st Bullís Eye = 2.5Ē approximately

Size: Fits my 9.5Ē foot. 

Materials: #8 straight & circular needles; #7 straight needles; approximately 3.5Ē oz variegated worsted weight yarn; 1-2 oz of solid color yarn.

Abbreviations: BE= Bullís Eye;  BE DIRS = Bullís Eye Directions.


Overview


The basis for this slipper was a chart for an argyle sock pattern. This pattern is worked using 2 rows of 4 motifs to form the leg (#s 1-8),  2 rows of 2 motifs for the instep (#s 10-12) and 1 row of 2 motifs for the heel flap.

The sole is knitted on to the top of the slipper by picking up stitches from the sides of the top. There is a seam at the back of the slipper and under the toe.

The numbers indicate the sequence of knitting.

If youíve made argyle socks & have a favorite pattern, you might want to draw it full size & use the drawing as a template. Make a BE & see if 4 of them would fit the leg of your template.

If you donít have such a pattern, measure your ankle. Make a Bullís Eye motif & figure out how if 4 will fit around your ankle. To make a Bull's Eye motif, use the directions below.


Bull's Eye Directions


Re-Printed courtesy of Iris Schrier of Art Yarns

 

First Half of Square

Cast on 20 stitches.

Row 1: K9, K2Tog, K9

Row 2: S1, K8, K2Tog, K7 (1 stitch left un-knitted)

Row 3: S1, K6, K2Tog, K7; TURN (1 stitch left un-knitted)

Row 4: S1, K6, K2Tog, K5; TURN (2 stitches left un-knitted)

Row 5: S1, K4, K2Tog, K5; TURN (2 stitches left un-knitted)

Row 6: S1, K4, K2Tog, K3; TURN (3 stitches left un-knitted)

Row 7: S1, K2, K2Tog, K3; TURN (3 stitches left un-knitted)

Row 8: S1, K2, K2Tog, K1; TURN (4 stitches left un-knitted)

Row 9: S1, K2Tog, K1; TURN (4 stitches left un-knitted)

There should be a total of 11 stitches on needle.

Second Half of Square

Row 11: S1, K1Inc1, K1, K1*; TURN

Row 12: S1, K1, K1Inc1, K2, K1*; TURN

Row 13: S1, K2, K1Inc1, K3, K1*; TURN

Row 14: S1, K3, K1Inc1, K4, K1*; TURN

Row 15: S1, K4, K1Inc1, K5, K1*; TURN

Row 16: S1, K5, K1Inc1, K6, K1*; TURN

Row 17: S1, K6, K1Inc1, K7, K1*; TURN

Row 18: S1, K7, K1Inc1, K8, K1*; TURN

Row 19: S1, K8, K1Inc1

(At this point there should be a total of 10 stitches on each of 2 sides--≠20 live stitches)

 


Slipper Directions


The following directions assume you know how to make a row of several Bullís Eye squares & how to add additional rows.

For the leg, make a strip with 4 Bullís Eye squares (Blocks #1-4). Add on to it another row of 4 Bullís Eye squares (Blocks #5-8).

For half of the heel flap, make one Bullís Eye (Block #9). Cut yarn.

For the instep, re-attach yarn and make 2 rows of 2 squares (Blocks #10-13). Cut yarn.

The second half of the heel flap (Block #14) is made by folding the slipper so that blocks 1 & 4 and 5 & 8 meet each other. Use 10 stitches along the bottom of block #8 and 10 stitches along the side of block #9 for the first row of block 14. The yellow lines in the illustration at right show exactly which stitches are to be used.

 

Turning the Heel

After completing block 14, you'll be working across it and block 9. The remaining 10 sts of block 14 can be put onto a string. Attach contrast color for sole.

    Row 1: K10, (M1)2x, K10   <22 sts>

    Row 2: (the RS of the piece should be facing) SL, K11, K2Tog, K1  (7 un-worked stitches)

    Row 3: S1, K3, K2Tog, K1   -  (7 un-worked stitches)

    Row 4: S1, K4, K2Tog, K1   -  (5 un-worked stitches)

    Row 5: S1, K5, K2Tog, K1   -  (5 un-worked stitches)

    Row 6: S1, K6, K2Tog, K1   -  (3 un-worked stitches)

    Row 7: S1, K7, K2Tog, K1   -  (2 un-worked stitches)

    Row 8: S1, K8, K2Tog, K1   -  (2 un-worked stitches)

    Row 9: S1, K9, K2Tog, K1   -  (0 un-worked stitches)

    Row 10: S1, K10, K2Tog, K1   -  (0 un-worked stitches)

There are 12 stitches on the needle after completing Row 10.

The Gusset & Sole

As forewarned in the Overview, the sole & upper are joined together while the sole is in progress. This join starts right now, with the Gusset. The important thing to keep track of is doing an SSK with the last stitch on the right hand needle with the first available stitch on the next block at the end of each row and starting every row by slipping the first stitch knit-wise. It isn't that difficult.

    Row 1: Do not turn work after completing Row 10 of Turning the Heel, but continue to knit 9 sts down the side

of the heel flap. Do an SSK with the last heel flap stitch & the first stitch of the next block. Hereafter, this SSK bit will be referred to as "JOIN" <22 sts>

    Row 2: S1, K21 & knit the 9 sts along the other side of the heel flap. JOIN.  <32 sts>

    Row 3: S1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2Tog, JOIN.

    Row 4: S1, knit to last st, JOIN.

Repeat rows 3 + 4 until 20 sts remain.

To complete the sole, repeat  Row 4 until there are no more stitches left along the side of  the upper part of the slipper.

 

The Toe (2 Variations)

1.) Paired Decreases

This is a pretty standard toe. You might want to play with your colours.

After knitting 10 sole sts,  turn and knit around using a circular needle. On next row place markers (PM) as follows:  K9, PM, K1, PM, K20, PM, K1, PM, K9

Depending on the length you need, knit back & forth in rows until the instep is about 2-2.5Ē shorter than desired length and then start doing paired decreases as follows:

        Row 1: *knit to 2 sts before a marker & K2Tog, K1, K2Tog. Rep from *.

                                                           Row 2: Knit

Rep rows 1 & 2 until there are 10 sts left. Cut yarn leaving a longish tail. Thread the tail onto a needle and pull the tail through the last 10 sts and sew up the little bit of a seam youíll have under the toes.

 2.) Half-Bull's Eye

The top of the toe is formed by knitting 2 half Bull's Eyes. Picture at left.

The lower part of the toe is another half Bull's Eye. Picture at right.

This toe variation can be done after making the instep block and before working the heel flap.

After completing the instep, turn and K10, (M1)2x, K10  <<22 sts>>

    Row 1: K11, CO 11

    Row 2: S1, K10, K2Tog, K10

    Row 3: S1, K9, K2Tog, K8; TURN    (1 st un-worked)

    Row 4: S1, K7, K2Tog, K8; TURN    (1 st un-worked)

    Row 5: S1, K7, K2Tog, K6; TURN    (2 sts un-worked)

    Row 6: S1, K5, K2Tog, K6; TURN    (2 sts un-worked)

    Row 7: S1, K5, K2Tog, K4; TURN    (3 sts un-worked)

    Row 8: S1, K3, K2Tog, K4; TURN    (3 sts un-worked)

    Row 9: S1, K3, K2Tog, K2; TURN    (4 sts un-worked)

    Row 10: S1, K1, K2Tog, K2; TURN  (4 sts un-worked)

    Row 11: S1, K1, K2Tog; K5   (You have knitted to the end of the row and are at the tip of the toe. 12 sts)

 

For the second half of the toe, pick up and knit 11 sts from the other side of the CO from Row 1 above, knit 11 sts from the instep. Repeat rows 2-10.

    Row 11: S1, K1, K2tog; TURN (5 sts un-worked)

    Row 12: K to end of row (You have knitted toward the instep, away from the tip of the toe. 12 sts)

 

There are 24 sts around the toe. To make the bottom or sole of the toe:

    Row 1: S1, K11, K2Tog, K11; TURN

    Row 2: S1, K10, K2Tog, K9; TURN   (1 st un-worked)

    Row 3: S1, K8, K2Tog, K9; TURN     (1 st un-worked)

    Row 4: S1, K8, K2Tog, K7; TURN     (2 sts un-worked)

    Row 5: S1, K6, K2Tog, K7; TURN     (2 sts un-worked)

    Row 6: S1, K6, K2Tog, K5; TURN     (3 sts un-worked)

    Row 7: S1, K4, K2Tog, K5; TURN     (3 sts un-worked)

    Row 8: S1, K4, K2Tog, K3; TURN     (4 sts un-worked)

    Row 9: S1, K2, K2Tog, K3; TURN     (4 sts un-worked)

    Row 10: S1, K2, K2Tog, K1; TURN   (5 sts un-worked)

    Row 11: S1, K2Tog; K1; TURN   (5 sts un-worked) 

    Row 12: S1, K2Tog; K5  <<12 sts>>

    Row 13: (K1, M1, K2, M1)2x, (K2, M1, K1)2x  <<20 sts>>

 

And...That's all there is to it. Hope you enjoy making this slipper & exploring short-row knitting!

Cheers,

Linda in PA, USA

 :D

 

Other noodle-ings with the short row technique:

<----This is a mitten! Never made a mitten before & don't believe I will ever try again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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