Saturday, July 21, 2012

Slippers! A free pattern!

Someone on the Krista Crochet Group posted up a pair of slippers. I'm not sure if it's *her* design or not, but we all seem to have jumped on the bandwagon and we're all making slippers :)

These are the first pair of slippers I've ever tried to make, and must say they were very satisfying to finish up.

The pattern is from & is called "Mary Jane Slippers". The ones that are finished up on the page look different from mine, but I simply think it's practice & a different yarn.

The pattern is in US terms as well, which I didn't realise until I started hooking it up, and I realised that her double crochet stitch was in fact a treble.

It's for worsted weight yarn, so a good 8 ply, and calls for a 5mm (H) hook. You also need a tapestry needle and a couple of buttons to sew on.

I'm not happy with the way that I've worked up the slipper, but I think it's got to do more with the fact I have very narrow feet.

See? They've turned out quite baggy, and that's following the pattern. I'm about to try a different 8 ply yarn, with a 4mm hook instead. I want the slipper to be more tightly woven, and a bit shorter towards the toe.

I have to say, they're pretty good for wearing over socks, which is what I do in winter!

As I was working this slipper up, I realised that the ball of yarn I was using was definitely NOT going to last to two slippers, so my left slipper is made in dark pink with purple edging, and the right slipper (which I have since finished after the sun went down, so a photo will go up tomorrow) is purple with red edging! The pink slipper has a pink button, and the purple slipper ended up with a pale lemon button.

The right slipper also ended up bigger in the width (so taller up through towards the heel), which I can only put down to an experiment that I did with turning and the starting chain.

I'll let you know how tonight's slippers go with the different yarn and smaller hook.

Pattern: Mary Jane Slippers
Yarn used: Moda Vera Snuggle

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