Help reading a pattern for flats

So, I want to make some of these shoes from a free pattern on this lady’s blog, but I am still a new knitter, and have no idea what the abbreveations mean. I also want to know if I can find a free video tutorial for the different kinds of stitching needed for this project. Thanks for any help you can give!

http://floofle.wordpress.com/2007/04/02/yay-recycling/
This is the blog post I found the pattern on.

At the top of this page there’s a Glossary tab which should have most terms used in patterns and videos for many of them. The Tips page has a few basic stitches - garter, stockinette stitch, ribbing and seed st.

Here’s a few of them -

k1 = knit 1 st
m1 - an increase and you’ll find that at the Increases page
p = purl
st st = stockinette stitch (knit a row, purl a row)
WS = wrong side, the inside of the slipper
RS = right side, the side facing out.

That ought to get you started.

I think this might be a little adventurous for a new knitter, but it could be done if you’re very patient and willing to spend a little time learning what you need to know.

It would be easier if you told us exactly what you don’t understand and we can help that way. Plus there are webpages with knitting terminology that would help, too.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-glossary
http://www.vogueknitting.com/pattern_help/how-to/techniques_abbreviations/knitting_abbreviations.aspx

What is the best type of cast on for this? Can I use long tail? I need an easy one.

I don’t see any reason why you can’t use the long-tail cast on for these.

Thanks! I was just wondering because it says that the long tail cast on counts as a knit stitch row, and the first row is a purl.

How do I split the ball?

You can take the other end. If you have a true ball with just one end, you can rewind it to a center pull ball which I think is shown on the Tips page. Then you can use yarn from both ends.

Thank you! This is going to be a hard project, but i’m up to a challenge!

How do i add the ball?

How do i add the ball?

I don’t understand your question.

Just start knitting with the new ball of yarn. Leave about a 6 inch tail. secure the yarn with your left hand if you want and start knitting. The first st may be a little loose but you can always go back and snug it up later when you weave in the ends.
Can’t wait to see how these turn out. It’s a great project.

So no cast on?

Are you adding a new ball or are you just starting? If you’re just starting the project then yes you need a cast on. If you’re in the middle of a project you just start knitting.

Have you watched the demo of a small project in the video tips section? If not it might help.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

Yes, that’s a very helpful video.
Your pattern has a cast on at the beginning which is the toe of the flat. Now you’re at the point where the kniting divides to make the sides. One ball of yarn continues with the side one and the second ball of yarn is used to bind off sts and then continue with side two. Knit these two sides separately until you get to the heel where they join up again.
You can just start knitting two sts with the second ball of yarn and then begin the bind off. Leave about a 6 inch tail and don’t worry about a slightly loose st at the beginning. You can snug it up later when you weave in the ends.


I finished the first one as my Sunday afternoon project. I was making it for my little sister, so I just cast on 6. It turned out great!

That worked out very well. I bet your sister will love the flats.

Good job! The first ones are always hardest so they should get easier now.

What yarn are you using?

Thanks for sharing this website. It’s such a cute pattern. And what a clever way to recycle!

Its just some cheap stuff i’m learning on, but an 8 year old doesn’t care!