An elderly neighbour asked me to make her a few pairs of slippers similar to the knit slippers that she owns, and after scouring the internet for a pattern (to no avail), I came up with this one. The yarn choice was hers, as she wanted something that would last a long time. This yarn is TOUGH, folks! A warning though - it is very hard on your hands. I recommend moisturizing your hands (with homemade lotion, of course!) between crochet sessions.
These slippers are very easy to modify in order to change size. To widen, simply add more increase rows after row 6 (start with adding only one more row. One row increase adds more width than you would think). To lengthen, add more rows to the heel portion.
This pattern is for a size 7-8.
I used Phentex slipper yarn and a size 4 hook. You will also need stitch markers. I use paperclips!
Abbreviations: SC = single crochet.
SC2TOG = single crochet two together. Insert hook into first stitch. Pull up a loop. Insert hook into second stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
This is the toe portion
Row 1: Chain 5. SC in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 stiches. 3 SC in last stitch (place marker in 2nd stitch of increase). Working on other side of chain, SC in the next 2 stitches. 2 SC in last stitch (place marker in 2nd stitch).
Do not join. Slippers will be worked in continuous rounds.
Row 2: SC in next stitch, and SC to marker. 3 SC in marked stitch (place marker in 2nd stitch of increase). SC to next marker. 3 SC in marked stitch (place marker in 2nd stitch of increase).
Row 3 - 6: Repeat Row 2. Remove markers at the end of row 6
Row 7 - 24: SC in each stitch.
Lay the slipper flat. Find the middle 5 stitches on the top of the slipper. Place markers on the outside stitches.
Row 25: SC to first marker. Chain 1. Turn. SC to next marker. Chain 1. Turn.
Row 26 - 42: SC in each stitch. Chain 1. Turn. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Turn heel inside out and sew together using a whip stitch.
Row 43: Join yarn with a slip stitch to back of slipper. Chain 1. SC in same stitch as joining. SC evenly around top of slipper. Slip stitch to first SC. Chain 1.
Row 44: SC2TOG 2 times. SC in each stitch to last 4 stitches. SC2TOG 2 times. Join with slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.