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Crochet DROPS slipper in "Alaska".

Tags: slippers,
DROPS design: Pattern no x-414
Yarn group C or A + A
Sizes: US: 5/6½ - 7½/9 - 9½/10½
UK: 3/4 - 5/6½ - 7/8
EU: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: approx. 22 - 24 - 27 cm / 8¾''-9½''-10½''
DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio
200-250-250 g color no 53, dark pink

DROPS CROCHET Hook size 4 mm / G/6 – or size needed to get 17 dc = width 10 cm / 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.
US/UK: This pattern is in US English. There are different crochet terms in British and US English. Conversion - see page 4.

Dec 1 dc by working 2 dc tog as follows: Work 1 dc in next sc but wait with last pull through, work 1 dc in next sc the same way, make 1 YO and pull yarn through all 3 sts on hook.

Replace first dc at beg of every dc round/row with ch 3, finish round with 1 sl st in third ch.
Replace first sc at beg of every sc round/row with ch 1, finish round with 1 sl st in first ch.

2 rounds/rows with sc,
1 round/row with dc.
Repeat these 3 rounds/rows.

Work from the toe towards the heel and then the leg, fan edge and strap.
Work 5 ch with Alaska on hook size 4 mm / G/6 and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch. READ CROCHET INFO!
ROUND 1: Work 12 dc around ch-ring – beg of round = mid under foot.
ROUND 2: Work * 1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 18 dc.
ROUND 3: Work * 1 dc in each of the first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 24 dc.
ROUND 4: Work * 1 sc in each of the first 3 dc, 2 sc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 30 sc.
ROUND 5: Work 1 sc in every sc but inc 4-6-10 sc evenly = 34-36-40 sc.
ROUND 6: Work 1 dc in every sc.
Continue with PATTERN as explained above. REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE! When piece measures approx. 12-13-15 cm / 4 3/4"-5"-6'' – finish after 2 rounds with sc, cut the yarn. Insert 1 marker between the 2 middle sts on round, i.e. after 17-18-20 sc. Work piece with toe towards you and count 4 sts to the left of marker, beg working here from RS with dc. Work until 6 sc remain in total on round (i.e. 3 sts on each side of marker mid on top of foot), turn = 28-30-34 dc. Continue pattern as before – work 1 sl st in first dc, then sc until 1 dc remains on row, turn. Then work back and forth over the remaining 26-28-32 sts until piece measures approx. 21-23-26 cm / 8 1/4"-9"-10 1/4'' in total – adjust so that next row is a row worked with dc. Work next row as follows: 1 dc in each of the first 11-12-14 first sc, then work the next 4 dc tog 2 by 2 – READ DECREASE TIP, then work 1 dc in each of the last 11-12-14 sc. Cut the yarn. Fold the slipper double and sew tog edge to edge mid back.

Beg mid back and work 40-42-44 dc evenly around opening at the top of slipper. Continue in the round with pattern until leg measures 12-12-14 cm / 4 3/4"-4 3/4"-5½'', work 1 round with dc while inc 3-1-5 dc evenly = 43-43-49 dc.

Work 88 ch at the end of round, then work back and forth. Turn and work 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (= 2 dc), work 1 dc in each of the next ch 7, * skip ch 1, work 1 dc in each of the next 6 ch *, repeat from *-* 11 times (= 75 dc until slipper, work 1 dc in every dc from slipper = 118-118-124 dc). Turn and work fan edge around the opening on slipper and ch as follows:
ROW 1:
1 sc in first dc, * ch 3, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc * = 39-39-41 ch-spaces. Turn.
ROW 2:
Work sl sts until mid of first ch-space, 1 sc around this space, * work 6 dc around ch-space, 1 sc around next ch-space *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Fasten off.

Twine strap around leg on slipper, fasten with a decorative button. Work another slipper.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 11.11.2016
Correction:...LEG: Beg mid back and work 40-42-44 dc evenly around opening at the top of slipper. Continue in the round with pattern until leg measures 12-12-14 cm, work 1 round with dc while inc 3-1-5 dc evenly = 43-43-49 dc . Work 88 ch at the end of round, then work back and forth...

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 171-37) 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 (7)

Nathalie Mérat 22.10.2019 - 16:21:

J'ai décidé de faites ces chaussons pour une amie qui a toujours froid aux pieds... un vrai bonheur à faire.. merci pour ce tuto.

Kitty 04.09.2018 - 03:09:

Hi there, \r\n\r\nWhen I follow the pattern it all works out perfect for the left leg but not for the right leg. The strap for the right leg needs to be going the other way so both slippers looks the same. I\'m just not sure how to make it work. I have tried so many ways.... is there a chance you can take a look at it and hopefully able to fix it. Let me know. \r\n\r\nThanks

DROPS Design 06.09.2018 kl. 09:21:

Dear Kitty, both slippers will be worked the same way, but for the second one, just wrap the tie around the leg on the opposite side to make it reversed. Happy crocheting!

Masson 31.10.2017 - 15:58:

Bonjour, pouvez vous mettre vos explications en format PDF pour l'impression ? 3 fois que j'essaie de les avoir, et impossible d'imprimer une ligne, merci

DROPS Design 31.10.2017 kl. 16:12:

Bonjour Madame Masson, Cliquez d'abord sur "Imprimer" puis dans la fenêtre qui s'ouvre sur "Imprimer les explications", puis vérifiez les paramètres de votre PC/imprimante et lancez l'impression. Pour enregistrer en format PDF, vous devez lancer l'impression et choisir la fonction "enregistrer sous format PDF". Bon crochet!

Claire 26.01.2017 - 23:09:

Bonjour, pour la première taille nous sommes censées n'avoir besoin que de 200g de laine. J'ai beau avoir recommencé le modèle deux fois, il en manque toujours. Pour le tout dernier rang du modèle, celui où il faut crochet une ms puis six brides par arceaux, devons-nous crocheter les deux côté de la "languette" ou nous arrêter à la fin du tour qui entour le pied ? Cdt, CH

DROPS Design 27.01.2017 kl. 09:38:

Bonjour Claire, votre échantillon est-il juste en hauteur et avez-vous bien conservé la bonne tension en crochetant les chaussons? Le rang 2 de la languette se fait sur les 39 arceaux du rang 1, soit d'un seul côté de la languette seulement (cf photo). Bon crochet!

Brandi McClure 31.10.2016 - 00:34:

So I've gotten to the part about the strap and no matter how many times I've reworked the pattern the count doesn't add up. The pattern calls for 86 chain, then if you follow the pattern you should end up with 75. However, you always end up with 72 because of the first chain DC (DC into the 4th chain from the end) It takes up those three stitches to make the first dc. So in theory to fix this problem to make the count correct you need to chain 88.

DROPS Design 11.11.2016 kl. 13:30:

Dear Mrs McClure, you are correct, pattern has been edited, thank you. Happy crocheting!

Rebecca Gibbs 15.06.2016 - 05:52:

I am so thrilled to see this pattern as I have searched for a long time for one just like this. thank you so much for finally bringing my search to a end there will be many happy feet come winter!

Lauren McRoberts 12.06.2016 - 01:37:

Very cute slippers!

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