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These Easter chick slippers are a great project to make and to give as a gift, I raided my yarn stash and found two balls of yellow yarn that had probably been there since last Easter for this project.
I used 100% acrylic yarn (Delfino) that I bought for 1 euro each in a local yarn store here in Corfu, Greece.
Any yarn that you want to use will work for these slippers, whether you want to use acrylic, cotton or soft merino baby yarn.
For baby slippers, I would recommend that you use size 3.75mm (US 5) or 4mm (US 6) needles with a yarn suitable for those needles.
I used larger needles 5.5mm (US 9) as I made these slippers for a little girl I know in my village, who is 4 years old.
If you make them for an older child, you can make a sole from felt or something to stitch onto the bottom, so that they can walk around in them without ruining the knitted sole.
You create the loop stitch wherever you see ML in the pattern.
If you are not sure how to do this stitch, it is really easy once you know how! I have added a video tutorial for this stitch below if you need it.
These Easter chick slippers will probably get lots of attention and I bet the kids will love them!
The kids slippers pattern is easy to follow, knit flat on straight needles and then seamed.
This pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for practising garter stitch and how to create loops.
Easter Chick Slippers
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- For the slippers, I used 2 50g balls of Delfino yarn 100% acrylic in yellow, suitable for 5.5mm (US 9) needles.
- The slippers were nearly done with one ball but I needed extra for the ankle straps and heads.
- Pair of 5.5mm (US 9) straight knitting needles
- Stitch holder.
- Darning needle.
- Toy stuffing.
- Felt – I used scraps of orange for the beak, brown and white for the eyes and stitched them on with black thread.
- Button for ankle strap fastening.
Both slippers are the same – make 2 pieces.
- Cast on 11 sts
- Row 1: Knit 1 row
- Row 2: K1, ML into each stitch to last stitch, K1
- Rep the last two rows twice more.
- Work 9 rows in st st starting with a knit row, then rep row 2 again. Break yarn and slip those stitches onto a holder.
Sides and Sole >
- Cast on 13 sts and with the right side of foot piece facing, pick up and knit 11 sts up right-hand side of foot piece.
- Then knit across the 11 sts on the stitch holder, then pick up and knit 11 sts down left-hand side.
- Row 2: Cast on 13 sts and knit 1 row.
- Row 3: Then work across all 59 sts on the needle as follows: K1, ML into each st to last st, K1
- Row 4: Knit
- Row 5: K1, ML into each st to last st, K1
- Repeat the last 2 rows once more.
- Row 8: K24, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K24
- Row 9: K1, ML into next 22 sts, K2tog, ML into next 7 sts, K2tog, ML into next 22sts, K1
- Row 10: K3, K2tog, K17, K2tog, K2, K3tog, K2, K2tog, K17, K2tog, K3
- Row 11: K1, ML into each st to last st, K1
- Row 12: K2tog, K3, K2tog, K15, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K15, K2tog, K3, K2tog
- Row 13: Purl
- Row 14: K2tog, K2, K2tog, K10, (K2tog, K1) 4 times, K9, K2tog, K2, K2tog
- Row 15: Purl
- Cast off.
The Head >
- Cast on 10 sts
- Row 1: Knit
- (Work 5 rows) -> Knit in st st for 5 rows and inc 1 st at each end of the first row and each following alt row.
- (Work 5 rows) -> Dec 1 st at each end of next and following alt row.
- Knit 1 row
- Cast off.
Ankle Strap >
- Cast on 38 sts
- Row 1: Knit
- Row 2: Purl
- Row 3: K3, YFON, K2tog, Knit to end. (This creates a button hole)
- Row 4: Purl
- Cast off.
Making Up >
Fold the foot at the center of the cast off edge and using mattress stitch join the seam along the sole and up the back of the heel.
Sew in any loose ends.
Run a drawstring around the edge of the head and pull tight, stuff with toy stuffing and stitch closed. Sew the head to the st st patch on the top of the slipper. Attach the eyes and beak from felt and make sure they are sewn on securely.
Sew on a button to the ankle strap and stitch to the back of the slipper as you can see in the photographs.
*Please note* – Go up or downsizes depending on the size slipper you want to make – for example for a baby 0-3 months or 3-6 months, you would want to use size 3.75mm (US 5) needles paired with a suitable yarn for that size of the knitting needle.
For this pattern, you will need to know how to knit the loop stitch.
It’s really easy once you know how just take a look at the video tutorial.
alt – alternate
beg – beginning
dec – decrease
inc – increase
ins – inches
k – knit
p – purl
psso – pass slipped stitch over top
rep – repeat
sl – slip st
st – stitch / sts – stitches
st st – stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl)
tbl – through the back of the loop
k2tog – knit two stitches together
yb – yarn back
yf – yarn forward
yfon – yarn forward over needle
ML – make loops
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