Extra-Wide Men’s Slippers

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Knitting, project #147. Completed 12/27/2007.

Yarn: Super bulky yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn. 6 oz/170 g, 108 yd/98 m.
(CC) 1 ball #402, Wheat: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
(MC) 1 ball #122, Taupe: 80% acrylic, 20% wool

Needles    US 13 (9 mm) double-pointed needles (DPN)
Gauge    2.25 sts and 3 rows = 1 inch in St st (9 St sts and 12 rows = 4″)
Pattern: Adapted from the Lion yarn label, a standard sock chart, and Anne Budd’s sock chart
Finished size: Men’s medium with extra-wide width
Length of foot (heel to toe): 9.5 inches. Ball of the foot: 13 inches

Note: K2TOG slants this way (/) — SSK does this (\)


Ball of foot (13) x sts per inch (2.25) = 29.25

Make it divisible by 4: 28 sts in sock body

Cuff and leg

With CC (Wheat), cast on 28 sts using Long Tail method. Join circularly, taking care not to twist sts.

  • Work 5 rounds in K1, P1 ribbing.
  • Knit 2 rounds

Change to color MC (Taupe). Knit 4 rounds.

Heel flap over 14 sts

K 7 sts. Turn. P 14 sts. Turn.

Flap — Work in stockinette for 3 inches: K 14 (RS) and P 14 (WS), end with purl row.

Turn heel over 14 sts

  • Row 1: K5, K2TOG, K7, turn
  • Row 2: P5, P2TOG, P4, turn. Leave 2 sts unworked on the needle.
  • Row 3: K3, K2TOG, K3, turn. Leave 2 sts unworked on the needle.
  • Row 4: P3, P2TOG, P2, P2TOG, turn
  • Row 5: K2, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG, K1
  • Row 6: Purl across remaining 7 sts


Knit across 7 heel sts. Pick up 8 gusset sts on side of heel flap (pick up through both loops of the edge st).

Knit across 14 instep sts.

Pick up 9 gusset sts from heel flap. 38 sts total.

Rearrange sts on needles as follows (split the heel sts):

  • Needle 1, heel/flap — 4 heel sts and 8 gusset sts
  • Needle 2, instep — 14 instep sts
  • Needle 3, heel/flap — 3 heel sts and 9 gusset sts

Decrease Gussets

Each decrease round removes 2 sts:

  • Needle 1: heel/flap — K to last 3 sts, K2TOG, K1
  • Needle 2, instep — knit across
  • Needle 3, heel/flap — K1, SSK, K to end

Repeat these 2 rounds 5 times until 28 sts remain:

1)     Round 1: Decrease

2)     Round 2: K all sts.


Needle 1 and 3 have 7 sts. Needle 2 (instep) has 14 sts.

Work even until sock comes up to the base of the toes, about 2″ less than the desired finished length. 10 – 14 minimum rows suggested. 6.75 inches total length.

Toe Shaping (10 rounds – 2.25″)

Each decrease round removes 4 sts:

  • Needle 1: K to last 3 sts: K2TOG, K1
  • Needle 2: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2TOG, K1
  • Needle 3: K1, SSK, K to end

Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times until 16 sts remain:

1)     Round 1: Decrease to 28, 24, 20, 16 sts

2)     Round 2: K all sts

Work 2 more decrease rounds: 8 sts remain; toe is about 3.75″ across). Knit last 2 sts.

Graft toe – Kitchener method

The yarn is at the side of the sock. Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 to 12″ tail. Move your yarn under the needle. Place the heel sts (Ndl 1 and 3) on 1 needle.

Set-Up 1: First stitch — front needle — as if to purl and pull it through, leaving the stitch on the needle.

Set-Up 2: First stitch — back needle — as if to knit, and pull it through, leaving the stitch on the needle.

  • Step 1: First stitch — front needle —knit, slip it OFF
  • Step 2: Next stitch — front needle —purl, leave it on
  • Step 3: First stitch — back needle —purl, slip it OFF
  • Step 4: Next stitch — back needle —knit, leave it on

Repeat steps 1-4, pausing to tighten up the stitches now and then until all the stitches are worked. The last two stitches remaining on the needle require you to perform step 1 then step 3.



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