this pattern at Pilgrim Purse - and Poetry. I loved the rounded, clog shape of her slippers and immediately set my sights on making a pair. The pattern is perfectly accurate as written, but it was a little confusing for this non sock-knitter.
I made my slippers according to the directions for the standard woman's slipper. Using the magic loop method, I knit the entire project using circular needles. For those of you unfamiliar with magic loop, this video from Knit Picks is super handy (coincidentally, I used my Knit Picks interchangeable circular needles for this project--I love them)!
I knit my slippers using two strands of Patons worsted weight Classic Wool held together (Dark Grey Marl and Dark Grey Mix). After I cast on (I used the long tail method), I counted 24 stitches, then pulled my loop of cable through (leaving 18 stitches on the other side). Following the instructions, I knit one complete round. Then I worked the first 24 stitches (before the cable loop) in stockinette for 15 rows.
To turn the heel, I followed the instructions exactly as written, but I didn't realize from the pattern that you would not knit all 24 stitches before turning. For example, the first row for turning the heel is: Slip 1, K13, K2 tog, K1, turn. This is only 17 stitches. You'll still have 7 stitches left on the needle when you turn the knitting over and begin row 2. After the first 4 rows of turning the heel, the pattern says, "Continue in this manner until all stitches are used up." The author of the pattern, Nita, clarified in the comments to her blog that the remaining rows of turning the heel should be as follows:
Row 5: Slip 1, K8, K2tog, K1, turn (19 stitches)
Row 6: Slip 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn (18 stitches)
Row 7: Slip 1, K10, K2tog, K1, turn (17 stitches)
Row 8: Slip 1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn (16 stitches)
Row 9: Slip 1, K12, K2tog, turn (15 stitches)
Row 10: Slip 1, P12, P2tog (14 stitches)