Tropical Punch Slipper Socks

By request...
Revised 9/4/06

Sometimes simple is best.

This basic slipper sock pattern is my most requested knitwear. I only knit these for those that I love to knit for, because once they get their feet in a pair they always ask for more!
These slipper socks, with seemingly instant gratification, are a quick and easy way to learn the basics of sock construction. First time sock knitters may prefer to avoid changing yarn colors and knit the entire sock in your main color.
For more experienced knitters these make an excellent last minute gift.


This is an alternate short-cuff version with no foot ribbing. To make these, knit the cuff about 2.5" and knit plain where it says "(k1, p1) 8 times" after turning the heel

Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm) set of 5 double point knitting needles
A darning needle
Yarn:Any worsted weight with 2 strands held together throughout.
Tropical two tone socks knit with Caron "Simply Soft - BRIGHTS"
MC: One Strand each LimeLight & Blue Mint
CC: One strand each Watermelon & Lemonade
One skein of each (only partial skeins used.)

Alternate version knit with two strands solid color Jaeger "Matchmaker" superwash 100% merino wool - 4 50g skeins

k = knit
p = purl
sts = stitches
k2tog = knit 2 together -insert needle knitwise through two stitches and pull the yarn through both at once
p2tog = purl 2 together - insert needle purlwise through two stitches and pull the yarn through both at once
SKP = slip, knit, pass or s1, k1, psso (pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch and off the tip of the needle)

Gauge: 4" = 16 sts x 23 rows over stockinette st.

Cast On 32 stitches. Divide evenly over 4 Double Point Needles (8 sts on each needle). Without twisting, Join to knit in the round.

*k1, p1, repeat from* for 25 rows or until cuff is desired length

** Change to CC now if you wish for a different colored heel. **

Heel Flap:
Knit the following onto one needle:
Row 1: sl1 knitwise, (k1, sl1) 7 times, k1 (16 sts). Note: Be sure all 16 sts are all on ONE needle. TURN
Row 2: sl1 purlwise, p15 TURN

Repeat rows 1 & 2, 9 more times (for a total of 20 rows)

Turn heel:
Row 1: sl1, k8, SKP, k1, TURN (4 sts remain unworked)
Row 2: sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, TURN
Row 3: sl1, k4, SKP, k1, TURN
Row 4: sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, TURN
Row 5: sl1, k6, SKP, k1, TURN
Row 6: sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, TURN
Row 7: sl1, k9 across (10 sts)

** If you changed colors for the heel - change back to original color now **

(Working again with all 5 of the needles and in the round)

Using a free needle - this now becomes needle 1, pick up and k11 sts (10 sts along the side of the heel flap and one st between the heel flap and the cuff). Continue across cuff with needles 2 and 3; (k1, p1) 8 times for 16 sts. With needle 4 pick up and knit 11 sts (1 st between heel flap and cuff, and 10 sts up the side of the heel flap), k5 stitches from the heel (off of the last needle). Shift remaining 5 stitches from the last needle to the first needle by slipping purlwise, being careful not to twist stitches.

Needle 1: 16 sts
Needle 2: 8 sts
Needle 3: 8 sts
Needle 4: 16 sts

Row 1: k all sts on first needle, (k1, p1) 8 times, k across last needle.
Row 2: knit to the last 3 sts on the first needle, k2tog, k1, (k1, p1) 8 times, k1, SKP, knit across remaining stitches. (2 sts decreased)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you've decreased back down to the original 32 sts (8 sts on each needle)

k8, (k1, p1) 8 times, k8 . For a custom length, Repeat until sock foot is 2" from the tips of yours or the recipients toes.

For a gift to someone US 8.5 to 9.5 women's shoe size, knit for 6" (For me this is 22 rows after last gusset decrease).

** change to CC now if a different colored toe is desired **

Rows 1 & 2: k32
Row 3: Needle 1 - knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2 - k1, SKP, knit across. Needle 3 - knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 4 - k1, SKP, knit across. (4 sts decreased)
Row 4: k all sts.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 3 sts remain on each needle (12 sts). With needle 4 knit across needle 1 - all six stitches for the bottom of the foot onto one needle. Slip purlwise all stitches from needle 3 to needle 2. You should now have the 6 stitches for the top of the foot and the 6 stitches from the bottom of the foot on only 2 needles.

Graft toe using kitchener stitch

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