About a year ago, my friend Allison hosted a bitchin holiday party (mulled wine, anyone?), and I noticed that her house shoes (socks + flip-flops) were kind of … well, sad. So I obvs offered to knit her some slippers. I don’t think she recognized the irresistible power of the Craft Challenge when she haltingly asked whether I could, maybe, make the slippers look like elf shoes?
Fuck yes, Allison. I surely can.
12 months later, I give you: Elf Shoes.
Liberate your inner pixie, sprite, jester, imp or grinch! These puckish slippers are knit in the round and fulled to fit. They feature turn-down cuffs, short-row heels, and a curly elfin toe shaped with short rows and i-cord (Yvon of Storm in the Attic invented this super-clever toe construction, which can be applied to any sock or slipper).
The pattern comes in sizes from infant to adult wide. Foot length and cuff height are customizable.
Baby Elf Shoe - photo ©Adrian Bizilia
- 1 skein Cascade 220 (100% wool, 220 yards) in Main Color (MC) (Larger adult sizes may require a second skein)
- ½ skein Cascade 220 (100% wool, 220 yards) in Contrasting Color (CC)
- Set of five US size 10.5 (6.5mm) double-pointed needles
- tapestry needle
Would you like to make Elf Shoes for yourself and/or your loved ones?
DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN!
Adult Elf Shoe - photo ©Adrian Bizilia
Big, big, heartfelt thanks to the knitters who tested this pattern and provided valuable feedback; to Adrian for her sweet stump shots and for figuring out the infant math; and most of all to Yvon for her badass toe innovation.