DROPS / 185 / 27

Eiger by DROPS Design

Felted and knitted slippers for both men and women. The piece is worked in 2 strands DROPS Big Delight.

Tags: felted, slippers,
DROPS Design: Pattern no db-085
Yarn group C + C or E
US Men: 3½/5- 6/7- 7½/8- 9/10½
US Woman: 5/6½- 7½/8½- 9/10- 10½/12
EU: 35/37- 38/39- 40/42- 43/44
Foot length after felting: approx. 22-24-26-28 cm / 8 3/4"-9½"-10 1/4"-11''.
Height after felting: approx. 13 cm / 5'' in all sizes.
Foot length before felting: approx. 37-41-44-48 cm / 14½"-16"-17 1/4"-19''.
Height before felting: approx. 23 cm / 9'' in all sizes.
DROPS BIG DELIGHT from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
100-200-200-200 g color 04, marina
100-200-200-200 g color 13, gray

The piece can also be worked with yarn from:
"Alternative yarn (Yarn group C)" – see link below.

DROPS NEEDLE SIZE 9 MM / US 13 – or the size needed to get 10 stitches and 14 rows stockinette stitch on 10 cm / 4'' in width and 10 cm / 4'' in height with 2 strands, before felting. After felting approx. 13 stitches and 24 rows.

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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.
From the right side: * Work 6-6-7-7 stitches, turn and work 6-6-7-7 stitches back - read KNITTING TIP! Work 10-10-12-12 stitches, turn and work 10-10-12-12 stitches back. Work 6-6-7-7 stitches, turn and work 6-6-7-7 stitches back. * Work 1 row over all stitches, repeat from *-* in the opposite side, beginning from the wrong side. Then work 1 row back from the wrong side over all stitches.

DECREASE TIP (evenly spaced):
To work out how to decrease evenly, count the total number of stitches on the needle (e.g. 34 stitches) and divide by the number of decreases to be made (e.g. 4) = 8.5. In this example, knit together alternately every 7th and 8th and every 8th and 9th stitch.

Every time you have turned in the middle of a row, slip 1 stitch. Tighten the strand and continue as before. There will be a hole in the piece, but this evens out after felting.

The slipper is worked back and forth in stockinette stitch. You start at the top of the foot and finish at the toe.

Cast on 38-42-44-44 stitches with needle size 9 mm / US 13 and 1 strand of each color of Big Delight (= 2 strands).
ROW1 (= right side): Knit 2 together, knit 34-38-40-40 stitches, knit 2 together = 36-40-42-42 stitches.
ROW 2 (= from wrong side): Purl 2 together, purl 32-36-38-38 stitches, purl 2 together = 34-38-40-40 stitches.
ROW 3: Work ANKEL ELEVATION over the outermost stitches in each side - see description above! REMEMBER THE GAUGE!

Work 4 rows over all stitches, AT THE SAME TIME on the first row decrease 4-4-4-2 stitches evenly on row - read DECREASE TIP = 30-34-36-38 stitches. Work 2 rows over all stitches.

From the right side: * Work 10-10-11-12 stitches, turn and work 9-9-10-11 stitches back, work 2 stitches in the last stitch on the row. Work 6-6-7-7 stitches, turn and work 5-5-6-6 stitches back, work 2 stitches in the last stitch on the row. Work 1 row over all stitches *, work from *-* in the opposite side, starting from the wrong side.
Work from *-* 2 more times (= a total of 3 times) in each side = 42-46-48-50 stitches.

Work the next row as follows:
* Work 10-10-11-12 stitches, turn and work 8-8-9-10 stitches back, work the last 2 stitches together. Work 6-6-7-7 stitches, turn and work 4-4-5-5 stitches back, work the last 2 stitches together. Work 1 row over all stitches *, work from *-* in the opposite side, starting from the wrong side.
Work from *-* 2 more times (= a total of 3 times) in each side = 30-34-36-38 stitches.

Insert 1 marker thread in the outermost stitch on one side – THE PIECE IS NOW MEASURED FROM HERE! Continue stockinette stitch AT THE SAME TIME as you decrease from the right side on top of foot as follows: Work 8-8-9-10 stitches, knit together the next 2 stitches, work until there are 10-10-11-12 stitches left, knit together the next 2 stitches, work to end of row, repeat the decreases every row from the right side a total of 3-3-4-4 times = 24-28-28-30 stitches. Then continue with stockinette stitch without decreases until the piece measures approx.19-21-25-29 cm / 7½"-8 1/4"-9 3/4"-11½'', measured from the marker thread.

Decrease 3-4-4-4 stitches evenly on the next row from the right side. Repeat the decreases every row from the right side a total of 4-4-4-4 times = 12-12-12-14 stitches on needle. On the next row from the right side work all stitches together 2 and 2 = 6-6-6-7 stitches.
Pull the strand through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well.

Sew together mid under foot and up to the cast on edge, edge to edge (in the outermost loop of stitch), so you do not have a thick seam.
Work another slipper in the same way.

Place the slippers in the washing machine with a detergent without enzymes and optic bleaches. Wash hot at 40C/104F with normal centrifuge, without pre-wash. After washing, shape the slippers to the right measurements while still wet. Later, wash the slippers as normal wool garments.

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 185-27) 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.

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 (11)

Knitting Momma 11.01.2021 - 04:55:

I love how these slipper boots made up. My husband is happily wearing them. They were HUGE, but 3 cycles in a HOT washer on high agitation shrunk them down nicely & they fit like a dream.

Pamela Gross 01.11.2020 - 12:38:

The slippers worked out to size but I can't understand the heel rows and the heel ended up the wrong shape bulbous both sides of the central seam.

DROPS Design 02.11.2020 kl. 08:27:

Dear Mrs Gross, not sure to see what you mean, the short rows should have been worked on each side of piece, first at the beg of row from RS, then at the beg of row from WS and you incrase then decrease that way alternately on the right/left side of piece. Maybe show your work to your store - you can also send them a picture by mail, it might be easier for them to see where it went wrong. Happy knitting!

Kerstin 02.05.2020 - 13:22:

Hallo, Ich habe einen Schwiegersohn mit Grösse 48. Würden Sie mir helfen, eine Anleitung für ihn zu erweitern? Es soll eine überraschung sein. Herzlichen Dank im Voraus!

DROPS Design 04.05.2020 kl. 11:47:

Liebe Kerstin, leider können wir nicht einzelne Modelle auf individuellen Wunsch hin umrechnen aber wir haben einige Modellen, die bis Grösse 48 geschrieben werden: Forest Ward; Hobbit Shoes und House Elves. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Kate Jensen 11.12.2019 - 13:43:

Jeg har strikket 4 par efter opskriften, men de er meget lange inden filtning og stadigvæk Meget lange efter filtning. Det virker som om måltangingen ved den snor som sættes ind er alt for lang, de skal krybe i omegen af 16 cm, det lader sig ikke gøre.

Grażyna Stol 10.12.2018 - 20:23:

Bardzo proszę o wyjaśnienie "WSKAZÓWKI: Za każdym razem, gdy obracamy robótkę w środku rzędu, zdjąć 1 oczko, zacisnąć nitkę i dalej przerabiać jak wcześniej\\\"\\r\\n - nie jestem pewna w którym miejscu i i przez ile rzędów należy zdjąć 1 oczko.

DROPS Design 11.12.2018 kl. 08:55:

Witaj Grażyno! Zdejmujesz 1 oczko i zaciskasz nitkę za każdym razem, gdy obracasz robótkę gdzieś w środku rzędu, aby wykonać rząd skrócony. Tą technikę dokładnie ilustruje filmik TUTAJ. Powodzenia!

Ellen Spillmann 21.11.2018 - 16:16:

Guten Tag, Ich habe das Modell Eiger in Grösse 40/42 gestrickt und gefilzt. Leider bin ich sehr enttäuscht. Die Schuhe sind nicht nur ein bischen zu kurz, was nicht weiter schlimm wäre, sondern viel zu eng. Für kleine Füsse, die dort hineinpassen, sind sie wiederum viel zu lang. Die Proportionen des Modelles stimmen meines Achtens nicht. Schade!

DROPS Design 22.11.2018 kl. 09:13:

Liebe Frau Spillmann, war Ihre Maschenprobe vor filtzen richtig? Hier lesen Sie mehr über filzen, nehmen Sie bitte Kontakt mit Ihrem DROPS Laden auf - auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail, sie können Ihnen sicher weiterhelfen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Nadette 21.10.2018 - 10:15:

Bonjour, j'ai réalisé ces chaussons taille 35/37 pour en faire un cadeau, Après feutrage, la longueur et la hauteur obtenues sont conformes à ce qui est inscrit. Par contre, la largeur n'est pas indiquée et mes chaussons semblent très serrés. Pouvez-vous me dire quelle largeur correspond aux pointures 35/37. Et s'il existe une méthode pour élargir après feutrage. (Je n'ai pas trouver de tutoriel uniquement sur le feutrage). Merci

DROPS Design 22.10.2018 kl. 09:09:

Bonjour Nadette, vous trouverez ici toutes les informations utiles sur le feutrage. Bon tricot!

Ian Stewart 10.05.2018 - 00:40:

The videos "How to knit short rows with wrap (RS) (WS) are very necessary. However, they are difficult to interpret correctly for a knitter using the English method. I t seems that the intention is to make a loop around the next stitch on the RH needle, by slipping the stitch to and fro, and then when you come back to that loop, putting a twist in it around the stitch through the one that was slipped.

DROPS Design 10.05.2018 kl. 09:22:

Dear Mrs Stewart, you can also use the basic method to work the short rows, even if there might be small holes at the transitions, they will disappear when felting. Happy knitting!

Hege 23.02.2018 - 15:10:

Kan eg bruke Alaska til slike tova tøfler? Og hvor mye trenger eg et en Herre str?

DROPS Design 25.02.2018 kl. 00:19:

Hei Hege. Du kan bruke Alaska. Under Materialene finner du en link: "Vil du bruke et annet garn? Her kan du konvertere!" - Her finner du det korrekte garnforbruk i dit garn til din størrelse :) Go Fornøyelse.

Sigrid 22.02.2018 - 00:27:

Etter ankelforhøyningen står det: "Strikk 4 pinner over alle masker, SAMTIDIG på første pinne felles det 4-4-4-2 masker jevnt fordelt - les FELLETIPS = 30-34-36-38 masker. Strikk 2 pinner over alle masker." Hvorfor står det ikke bare Strikk 6 pinner over alle masker? Det blir jo det, når du først skal strikke fire pinner, så to pinner til??

DROPS Design 22.02.2018 kl. 08:54:

Hej Sigrid, Du har ret, du strikker ialt 6 pinde over alle masker. Jeg ved ikke lige hvorfor design har valgt at dele det op.... God fornøjelse!

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