The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary.
I've been knitting these little slippers since I was ten. They really knit up quick, usually you can knit a pair in one evening. And they are a great beginner's project. They can be made for a few dollars because you use a skein of that cheap kind of yarn that you can buy at Wal-Mart and crafts stores (you know the kind). Sometimes I get frustrated with all the beautiful patterns out there because the require special (and expensive) yarns that are hard to find in rural areas. I found the pattern in an old 1940s knitting book. I was so glad to get reacquainted with this simple pattern. An added plus is that they take no concentration whatsoever, so they make a great take-along project.
Instructions are for child's size. Women's is in parentheses.
3 oz standard knitting yarn (use 2 strands)
Knitting needles : size 9
Cast on 27 (29)stitches.
Row 1: wrong side K9 (9), p1, k7 (9),p1, k9(9)
Row2: K all stitches
Repeat these 2 rows for 5 (6) inches or 2 inches less then desired finished length, allowing 2 (2 1/2) inches for toe. End on wrong side.
Row 1: P1*K1, p1: repeat from*to end.
Row2: K1* p1, k1; repeat from* to the end.
Repeat these two rows of ribbing for 1 1/2 (2) inches, end on wrong side.
First dec. row: Work ribbing for 7 (9) stitches.* slip1,knit 1 and pass, k1, k2 together*,work 3 (5) stitches in ribbing. Repeat between *s once, finish row in ribbing, 23 (25) stitches.
Next row: Work ribbing for 7 (9) stitches, p3, work 3 (5) stitches in ribbing, p3, finish row.
2nd dec. row: Work 6(6) stitches,*k2 together, k1, slip1,k1, pass slip stitch over*, work 1(3) stitches, repeat between *s once. Finish row. 19 (21) stitches
Break off yarn, leaving an end. Draw end through all the stitches twice; fasten off securely.
Fold cast-on edge in half and sew edges together for back of heel. Gathering in the center stitches securely. Sew side edges of ribbing and foot together for 3 (4) inches from toe.
Trim with pom-poms, buckles, or buttons.