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Knit Your Own Tardis Slippers

Too cold to travel through time and space? You need slippers.

Your feets need a companion? You need slippers.

Too cold to just sit and watch Doctor Who? You need slippers.

These slippers are pretty easy, and not much bigger on the inside. These finished slippers are not non-slip. You can spray a non-slip surface on the sole, or just not wear these on super slippery surfaces like shiney tiles. I wear mine all over the house, brilliant on carpet, and genius for slipping inside ones crocs to pop outside.

There are 3 sizes of slippers here. Sizes are approximate, as everyone has a slightly different tension. Different sizes are written as Small (Medium, Large). Where only 1 instruction is given, this is the same for all sizes.
Small — up to size EU 38 Medium — up to size EU 42 Large — up to size EU 46

You will need: 4mm straight needles 8ply yarn in blue, with small amounts of white and black yarn. Darning needle

Remember to make 2 slippers.....

Beginning in the Heel Section

Cast on 33 (35, 37) stitches.
Row A: Knit all stitches Row B: Knit 10 (11, 12), purl 1, Knit 10 (11, 12), purl 1, Knit 10 (11, 12)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have finished 38 (40, 42) rows.

Now we are working on the toe section that closes in when sewn. Place a marker in the side of the knitting to indicate the end of the sewing up on the top of the foot if you wish.

The Section With Your Toes in It

Row C: Row A: Knit all stitches
Row D: Purl 11 (12, 13), Knit 10 (11, 12), purl 11 (12, 13)

Complete Row C and Row D twice (4 rows in total)

Now you are ready to introduce the white yarn for the windows. You can either carry the blue yarn across the back of your knitting (as I have done) or you can wind small balls of blue and white. For this you would need 3 blue balls and 2 white ones.

Row E: Knit 1 blue, knit 8 (9, 10) white, knit 14 (15, 16) blue, knit 8 (9, 10) white, knit 1 blue Row F: Purl 1 blue, purl 8 (9, 10) white, purl 2 blue, knit 10 (11, 12) blue, purl 2 blue, knit 8 (9, 10) white, knit 1 blue

Complete Row E and Row F, then an additional row E. You now are on the inside (or the ugly side) of the slipper.

Complete a row D (which has all the stitches in Blue btw)

Knit Row F, then Row E and finally an additional Row F. (you now have the right, or outside, side facing again)

Complete Row C and Row D twice (4 rows in total)

Change to black yarn. Complete Row C and Row D twice in black yarn. (4 rows in total)

Change back to blue yarn. Complete Row C and Row D 3 times (6 rows in total

Knit 2 together over the whole next row, knitting the last stitch.

Purl the whole row.

Cut yarn with about 30–35cm remaining on the tail. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Pull tight.

And Finishing Touches and Sewing Up the Slippers

Stitch up the top of the slipper by pulling the long tail tight, and stitching from the toe up to the markers you placed in the knitting. If you chose not to do this, sew up until you reach the garter stitch section.

Using the tail at the start, stitch up the back of the heel as shown in the photograph.

Thread blue yarn onto your darning needle. Overstitch 3 bars of blue on the white panels to create windows.

Embroider “Police Box” in white yarn on the black section.


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