Parkspin Slippers

This slipper is worked back and forth on straight needles holding two strands of yarn and working them as one. The foot is worked in garter stitch and the toe is ribbed. The heel and toe are seamed and a pompom decorates the toe.

Parkspin Slipper in Two Sizes

Monarch Knitting Company, St. Thomas, Ontario
Monarch Knit St Thomas ON 1917 detail

A Bit of Local History

Monarch Knitting Ltd. was a 4-storey spinning and knitting mill which operated in St. Thomas from 1908 until the late 1940s. It was the largest manufacturer of yarns in Canada, and the largest employer of female labour in St. Thomas. In the 1950s, it became Parkspin Ltd., a spinning mill with a popular salesroom /factory outlet. In 1964, Earl and Lavina Shaw, whose family founded the Mary Maxim Company, moved to St. Thomas to take over operation of the company.

Why do I call these Parkspin Slippers? An early version of this slipper pattern was available in the Parkspin Salesroom, and was one of my first knitting projects …and my first real summer job was working at the big old spinning machines in this mill. Oh dear, I just put myself in a paragraph about local history!

Skills Used

cast on, knit, k2tog, knit through back loop (ktbl), purl, slip stitch purl-wise, ssk, make a pompom, seaming

Materials & Equipment

Gauge

14 sts and 14 rows over 4 inches (in garter stitch)

Size

Separate instructions are given below for four sizes: Toddler, Child, Women’s Medium, and a Larger Size

To save time, take time to check tension.”

Pattern

Abbreviations

k: knit
k1 tbl: knit one through back loop
k2tog: knit two stitches together (a right leaning decrease)
p: purl
p-wise: purl-wise; insert needle from right to left (or from front to back of stitch) and place on right needle.
rib: knit the knits and purl the purls (ribbing); columns of stitches will be visible
ridge: two rows of knitting in garter stitch (garter stitch is knitting every row)
RS: right side (public side)
ssk: slip two stitches as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle. Place left needle tip in the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together (or the following left leaning decrease may be substituted -“slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over”.)
sts: stitches
WS: wrong side
wyif: with yarn in front

TODDLER’S SLIPPER

  • Cast on 25 sts with doubled yarn.  Hint: leave extra yarn for seaming.
  • WS rows: *K1 tbl, k7, p1, k7, p1, k7, wyif slip last st p-wise.
  • RS rows: K1 tbl, k to last st, wyif slip last st p-wise.* Repeat between * * for 11 ridges or 3 inches. End with a WS row.

Ribbed Toe

  • RS row: *P1, k1 across row.
  • WS row: K1, p1 across row.*
  • Repeat between * * 3 times more. (8 rows in total or 1 ¾ inches)

Decrease Toe

  • Row 1: Rib 6, k2tog, k1, ssk, rib 3, k2tog, k1, ssk, rib 6. (21 sts)

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving a 16” length, draw through sts on needle, slip off. Pull up tight, fasten, sew up top of slipper (the ribbing section) and back of slipper. Weave in ends and attach pompom. Make a second slipper.

CHILD’S SLIPPER

  • Cast on 27 sts with doubled yarn. Hint: leave extra yarn for seaming.
  • WS rows: *K1 tbl, k8, p1, k7, p1, k8, wyif slip last st p-wise.
  • RS rows: K1 tbl, k to last st, wyif slip last st p-wise.* Repeat between * * for 14 ridges or 4 inches. End with a WS row.

Ribbed Toe

  • RS row: *P1, k1 across row.
  • WS row: K1, p1 across row.*
  • Repeat between * * 4 times more. (10 rows in total or 2 inches)

Decrease Toe

  • Row 1: Rib 7, k2tog, k1, ssk, rib 3, k2tog, k1, ssk, rib 7. (23 sts)

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving a 16” length, draw through sts on needle, slip off. Pull up tight, fasten, sew up top of slipper (the ribbing section) and back of slipper. Weave in ends and attach pompom. Make a second slipper.

WOMEN’S MEDIUM SLIPPER

(folded over cuff option in parentheses)

  • Cast on 29 (37) sts with doubled yarn. Hint: leave extra yarn for seaming.
  • WS rows: *K1 tbl, k8 (12), p1, k9, p1, k8 (12), wyif slip last st p-wise.
  • RS rows: K1 tbl, k to last st, wyif slip last st p-wise.* Repeat between * * for 18 ridges or 5 inches (after 17 ridges, cast off 4 sts at beginning of next two rows for a fold-over cuff.) End with a WS row.

Ribbed Toe

  • RS row: *P1, k1 across row.
  • WS row: K1, p1 across row.*
  • Repeat between * * 5 times more. (12 rows in total or 3 inches)

Decrease Toe

  • Row 1: Rib 7, ssk, k1, k2tog, rib 5, ssk, k1, k2tog, rib 7.
  • Row 2: Rib 7, p3, rib 5, p3, rib 7.
  • Row 3: Rib 6, k2tog, k1, ssk, rib 3, k2tog, k1, ssk, rib 6. (21 sts)

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving a 16” length, draw through sts on needle, slip off. Pull up tight, fasten, sew up top of slipper (the ribbing section) and back of slipper.

(For cuff version, tack folded-over cuff to back of slipper. Weave in ends and attach pompom, tacking down front cuffs if desired.)

Make a second slipper.

IN A LARGER SIZE

Several people have wanted to make a larger size Parkspin Slipper, so here are the numbers. (Not included on the pdf download – sorry.) Hope this helps!

(folded over cuff option in parentheses)

  • Cast on 35 sts (43).
  • WS Rows: *K1 tbl, k10 (14), p1, k11, p1, k10 (14), wyif slip last stitch p-wise.
  • RS Rows: K1 tbl, k to last st, wyif slip last st p-wise*; repeat between * * for approximately 6 inches. (If working a fold-over cuff, cast off 4 sts at beginning of final two rows.) End with a WS row.

Ribbed Toe

  • RS Row: *P1, k1 across row.
  • WS Row: K1, p1 across row; repeat these two rows from * for 3.5 to 4 inches or desired length.

Decrease Toe

  • Row 1: Rib 9, ssk, K1, k2tog, rib 7, ssk, k1, k2tog, rib 9. (31 sts)
  • Row 2: Rib 9, p3, rib 7, p3, rib 9.
  • Row 3: Rib 8, ssk, K1, k2tog, rib 5, ssk, k1, k2tog, rib 8. (27 sts)
  • Row 4: Rib 8, p3, rib 5, p3, rib 8.
  • Row 5: Rib 7, ssk, K1, k2tog, rib 3, ssk, k1, k2tog, rib 7. (23 sts)

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving a 16” length, draw through sts on needle, slip off. Pull up tight, fasten, sew up top of slipper (the ribbing section) and back of slipper.

(For cuff version, tack folded-over cuff to back of slipper. Weave in ends and attach pompom, tacking down front cuffs if desired.)

Make a second slipper.

Parkspin Slipper Heel & Toe

POMPOMS

If you want to make your own pompom maker, cut two cardboard circles with a diameter of 2 ¼”. Cut out centre circles to a diameter of 7/8” or 1”.

To make pompom, cut 4-6 long strands of yarn (approx. 36”). Thread all strands into a large yarn needle.

Holding cardboard circles together, wrap yarn through centre and over edge with needle always entering centre from same direction. Add more yarn as necessary. The fuller the centre hole is with yarn, the thicker the pompom.

Insert scissors between cardboard circles and cut yarn around entire circumference.

Cut a 10” piece of yarn for tying pompom.

Gently separate discs and wrap 10” piece of yarn around centre of pompom: it is helpful if cardboard circles are still loosely attached.

Pull tightly and tie knot (I like a surgeon’s knot which is a normal knot with the yarn run through an extra time). Wrap one more time and knot again. Hold pompom with all strands aimed out of top of fist. Trim, but do not cut the two ends that are holding pompom together: use them for attaching the pompom. Attach to top of slipper toe.

 

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