DROPS / 129 / 17

Rain Kisses by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS slippers in seed st in "Eskimo".

Tags: slippers,

DROPS design: Pattern no EE-348
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US: 5/6½ - 7½/9 - 9½/10½
EU: 35/37 - 38/40 – 41/43
Foot length: 22-24-27 cm / 8¾”-9½”-10½”

Materials: DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio
100-150-150 g color no 31, light iceblue

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES AND DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES size 5 mm / US 8 - or size needed to get 13 sts x 22 rows in seed st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.

GARTER ST (in the round on double pointed needles): 1 ridge = 2 rounds, * K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*.

SEED ST:
1st row: * K 1, P 1 *, repeat from *-*.
2nd row: P over K and K over P.
Repeat 2nd row upwards.

DECREASE TIP:
Work in seed st until 1 st remains before st with marker. Work the next 3 sts K/P tog = 2 sts dec. Work in seed st over the remaining sts on needle as before.
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SLIPPER:
Cast on 25-27-29 sts on needles size 5 mm / US 8 with Eskimo.
Work as follows: K 3-4-4 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back. K 7-8-8 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back. K 11-12-13 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back. K 1 row over all sts. Turn piece, K 11-12-13 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back. K 7-8-8 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back. Turn piece, K 3-4-4 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back.
K 1 row over all sts. Continue to work in SEED ST with 2 sts in GARTER ST each side - see explanation above. Insert a marker in the middle st (= mid under foot). Continue in seed st and 2 sts in garter st each side. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 3-4-5 cm / 1 1/8''-1½''-2'' (measured on the middle), dec 2 sts mid under foot – READ DECREASE TIP! Repeat dec on every 6th row a total of 4 times = 17-19-21 sts. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 11-13-15 cm / 4 3/8"-5 1/8"-6" on the middle, cast on 8-8-8 new sts at the end of next row from WS = 25-27-29 sts. Slip all sts on to double pointed needles size 5 mm / US 8 and continue with seed st in the round on double pointed needles. When piece measures 18-19-21 cm / 7''-7½''-8¼'' at the shortest (= approx. 4-5-6 cm / 1½''-2''-2 3/8'' remain until finished measurements), work 0-2-4 rounds in GARTER ST over all sts - see explanation above! Then continue in garter st while AT THE SAME TIME dec 3 sts evenly on 1st K round. Repeat the dec on every K round a total of 4 times = 13-15-17 sts. On next round K all sts tog 2 by 2, finish with K1 = 7-8-9 sts remain on needle. Slipper measures approx. 22-24-27 cm / 8¾”-9½”-10½”. Cut the thread and pull it through the remaining sts and tighten tog. Fasten tightly.

ASSEMBLY:
Fold the slipper double and sew tog mid back in front loop of st (to avoid a chunky seam).


Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 129-17) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (22)

Elaine Haney 14.08.2018 - 01:21:

Is there a pattern to work on a loom for this? Would love to make for my mom, just because. Thanks

DROPS Design 14.08.2018 kl. 07:53:

Dear Mrs Haney, there is only a knitted pattern to these slippers. Should you need any help, you'll find some videos showing the different techniques used in that pattern. Happy knitting!

Christiana 11.10.2017 - 18:00:

Hi, when you say "K 3-4-4 sts, turn piece, tighten the thread and K back...." you mean from the beginning of the work knit 3 or knit 3 before the end and start the short rows. I am a bit confused. Thank you in advance for your time.

DROPS Design 12.10.2017 kl. 09:05:

Dear Christiana, at the very beginning of the work, just after casting on sts, work the short rows as explained: first on the right side of piece from RS then work 1 row over all sts and work the short rows over the left side of piece (seen from RS), ie starting from WS. Then K 1 row over all sts and continue with moss stitch. Happy knitting!

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Maria 22.01.2016 - 02:37:

I've moved to dpns and have 27 stitches. Seed stitch doesn't work evenly on an odd number of stitches so I get to the end and have two same stitches in a row. Am I doing something wrong?

DROPS Design 22.01.2016 kl. 10:40:

Dear Maria, see below how to work seed stitch in the round with an uneven number of sts. Happy knitting!

Florence 19.12.2015 - 11:01:

Bonjour Pourriez vous me préciser ceci: Quand les mailles sont sur les aiguilles double'pointes je ne comprends pas comment vous mesurez les 18 cm. Quel est le côté le plus court? Dans l'attente. Votre réponse, Merci.

DROPS Design 21.12.2015 kl. 10:15:

Bonjour Florence, au tout début, vous avez fait quelques rangs raccourcis et le bord de l'ouvrage n'est pas tout à fait droit, prenez les mesures au milieu, là où l'ouvrage est plus court que sur les côtés. Bon tricot!

Candice Ryba 05.12.2014 - 22:04:

What is the gauge for this pattern? I want to use chunkier yarn for these. Thank you.

DROPS Design 07.12.2014 kl. 13:26:

Dear Mrs Ryba, these slippers are worked with our bulky DROPS Eskimo with a tight gauge of 13 sts x 22 rows in seed st = 4"x4". see also here. Happy knitting!

Naomi 11.05.2014 - 12:04:

Hi, I am at the point where it says "Repeat dec on every 6th row a total of 4 times = 17-19-21 sts. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 11-13-15 cm on the middle, cast on 8-8-8 new sts at the end of next row from WS = 25-27-29 sts". I have decreased every 6 rows a total of 3 times, and done 2 more rows. My piece now measures 13cm on the middle (what I need) - so do I now cast on 8sts on WS, and if so, what do I do about the last few rows before the 4th decrease? Thanks, N

DROPS Design 12.05.2014 kl. 09:32:

Dear Naomi, cast on the 8 new sts now (when your piece measures 13 cm), continue in the round in moss st, and make the 4th dec 6 rows after the 3rd dec as done before. Happy knitting!

Hannie 31.10.2013 - 13:13:

Ik google mijn naam en zie de vraag die ik hier gesteld heb openbaar op Google staan. Vinden jullie dat netjes?

DROPS Design 31.10.2013 kl. 16:35:

Beste Hannie. Ja, de website en de blog is duidelijk openbaar.

Hannie Franken 20.10.2013 - 16:06:

Er lijkt een fout te staan. In regel 3 van het patroon staat "Brei 11-12-13 st recht, keer het werk, trek de draad aan en brei de een nld recht over alle st." Maar dat kan niet. Bij het nalezen van de Engelse vertaling blijkt dat er een patroon regel ontbreekt. Er moet namelijk staan:"Brei 13 st recht; keer het werk, trek de draad aan, brei recht. BREI 1 TOER IN RIBBELSTEEK OVER ALLE STEKEN. Wie kan dit aanpassen in de Nederlanse vertaling van het patroon? Groet uit Lewedorp

DROPS Design 21.10.2013 kl. 15:49:

Het patroon is aangepast, bedankt voor het doorgeven.

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