I used a short row toe like that of Knitty's twinkletoes, but they're all in garter, ribbing around the top, and then the straps crisscross. They're very comfy, and they stretch to fit a lot of feet. I have women's size 11 US feet, and they fit me (mind you, I like my slippers kind of tight, instead of loose) My sister with size 10 feet has a pair, and she wanted hers 1/2 an inch longer than the pattern, since she likes loose slippers. Do keep that in mind when knitting. They stretch a lot, so knit them a bit shorter than you think you need, unless you like really loose slippers. The other thing is that, to be honest, off the foot they look like strange elf shoes

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Materials: 1 ball and a bit Patons SWS, worsted weight wool/soysilk, 1oo meters/110 yards.
Size 5 DPNS

Gauge: 6 stitches and 7 ridges/inch in garter stitch

Provisionally cast on 24 stitches. Knit 1 row.
Knit 22, turn
Knit 20, turn
Knit 18, turn
Knit 16, turn
Knit 14, turn
Knit 12, turn
Knit 10, turn
Knit 8, turn
Knit 6, turn
Knit 4, turn


Knit 5, turn
Knit 6, turn
Knit 8, turn
Knit 10, turn
Knit 12, turn
Knit 14, turn
Knit 16, turn
Knit 18, turn
Knit 20, turn

Knit 23, unzip provisional cast on, knit across 24 cast on stitches, join into round
Purl next round, picking up last wrap
Work in garter in the round for 10 ridges
Leave center 16 stitches on a piece of waste yarn.
Work garter back and forth for 43 rows (or till desired length. Look at 43 rows. That stretches to fit my monster feet!!)
Knit 20, turn
Knit 8, turn
Knit 9, turn
Knit 10, turn
Knit 10, K2 tog, turn
Knit 10, K2 tog, turn
repeat the K10, K2tog, turn until you have only 12 stitches left on your needle

Right Side (if you aren't on the RS, knit a row on those 12 stitches, no big deal)
Knit those 12 stitches, pick up and knit 22 stitches along the side, knit the 16 stitches on the holder, pick up and knit 22 along the other side. This is the end of the round
Work K1 P1 ribbing around for 6 rounds.

Bind off 12 stitches, knit 3, bind off 16 stitches, knit 3, bind off 16 stitches, knit 3, bind off 16 stitches, knit 3

Starting with the last 3 stitches you knit, work a 3 stitch garter stitch strap long enough to meet the front opposite side, graft the stitches together

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Join yarn at the other heel side 3 stitches, and work a matching strap, again grafting it to the 3 live stitches at the opposite toe end.

That's it. These were pretty easy, they worked up in an evening, they didn't take a lot of yarn, and they'll fit just about anybody.

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