Toddler slippers for a quickly knitted Christmas gift. The top of each slipper is knitted, and is designed to be attached to a purchased leather sole. You could make your own out of leather (but be prepared to line it - perhaps with quilt batting and fabric, fleece fabric, or a shaped piece of knitting. If you design your own knitted sole you can make it non-slip by sewing on sole-shaped cut-outs from cushioned fabric ("slip-a-grip"); various brand options can be purchased on a roll from kitchen suppliers, or you can buy specialist sewing fabrics for this purpose.
Below I've added a great You Tube link for instructions on how to make your own non-slip soles.
Both slippers are worked alike. The following special abbreviation is used throughout the pattern, making a wide ribbed cable.
Tie 5: Insert right-hand needle between 5th and 6th stitches from point of left-hand needle, draw loop through and place on point of left-hand needle, then k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Slipper (make 2)
With No 11 needles, cast on 45 stitches and work 2½ inches in k1/p1
rib, rows on right side having a k1 at each end.
Slip first and last 6 stitches on safety-pins for heel.
With right side facing, rejoin wool to the centre 33 stitches and with No 9 needles continue in pattern for instep as follows:-
1st row: p4, (rib 5, p5) twice, rib
Repeat the last 2 rows once more.
5th row: p4, tie 5, p5, rib 5, p5,
tie 5, p.4.
Repeat 1st and 2nd rows twice more.
11th row: p4, rib 5, p5, tie 5, p5,
rib 5, p4.
These 12 rows form pattern.
Repeat, them once more, then rows 1-6 inclusive again.
Continue in pattern decreasing 1 stitch at each end of next and following 2 alternate rows: 27 stitches remain.
Now decrease 1 stitch at each end of every row until 15 stitches remain. Cast off.
Join side edges of ribbing to form back seam.
For the heel:
Next row: p twice in 1st Stitch,
p to last stitch, p twice in last stitch.
Pin out patterned part and heel of each slipper and press on wrong side
under a damp cloth, avoiding ribbing.
Pin tops to slipper soles and sew firmly in position.