Saturday, December 27, 2014
Mother's Christmas Slippers
This is a simple single-crochet pattern that makes up in just a few hours. Each slipper is worked in one piece with just a short seam at the back of the heel. Rounds are not joined; the toe boxes are crocheted in a spiral.
You’ll notice that I specify turning the slipper inside-out to crochet the edging on. This is because I found that the novelty yarn stayed fluffy on the back of the work while the front of the work had the fluff all caught under the loops of yarn. By putting the edging on “backwards” I didn’t have to fluff it much once it was turned right-side-out. If you use a different kind of novelty yarn (or skip it altogether) you may want to work the edging with the slipper right-side-out. Experiment and decide what you like best.
Sizing: This slipper is stretchy enough to fit a wide range of sizes well. I would guess they’d fit about a size 7 up to a 10 or larger in U.S. women’s sizes as written. Grandma’s size 8 ½ feet are modeling the slippers below. Men’s sizes are roughly two numbers lower for the same measurements. To adjust for smaller or larger sizes just subtract or add rounds from above the toes and rows from the mid-section. I recommend decreasing or increasing in both sections evenly to keep the proportions from getting weird. It’s best if you can actually measure the length of the foot you’re making these for, then make them about an inch shorter than that when the slipper is not stretched.
Gauge: I actually forgot to note this before giving them away. I used a J hook with bulky (size 5) yarn, but I have a very tight tension and usually wind up going up 2 hook sizes when working from someone else’s pattern. Sorry, this is the best I can tell you right now. I’ll try to ask Grandma to measure the gauge for me.
1 skein Lion Brand Tweed Stripes [100% acrylic, 3 oz./85 g, 144 yds/132 m] color 206 Woodlands
small amount Bernat Disco [67% acetate/33% polyester, 1.75 oz./50 g, 52 yds/47 m] color Aqua Velvet
1 split ring stitch marker or a scrap of contrasting yarn
a yarn needle
See “Gauge,” above, for notes on hook size.
With Lion Brand Tweed Stripes make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc into ring. Draw ring tight. Do not join.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st. [12 sts]
Rnd 3: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st. Repeat around from * five times. [18 sts]
Rnd 4: 18 sc. [18 sts]
Rnd 5: *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st. Repeat around from * eight times. [27 sts] Place marker to help you count the next rounds.
Rnds 6 - 16: 27 sc.
Row 17: 9 sc. Turn. (Marker can be removed at this point.)
Rows 18 - 31: 20 sc. Turn.
Row 32: 6 sc, sc2tog, 4 sc, sc2tog, 6 sc. Turn.
Row 33: 6 sc, sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog, 6 sc. Turn.
Row 34: 6 sc, sc2tog twice, 6 sc. Turn.
Row 35: 5 sc, sc2tog twice, 5 sc.
Bind off, leaving a long tail. Use this tail to sew the back of the heel closed. Turn the slipper inside out to weave in ends.
Edging: With the slipper still inside-out, attach both the Lion Brand Tweed Stripe and the Bernat Disco at the top of the seam you just sewed. Holding the two strands together, sc around the opening of the slipper, crocheting 2 together at the corners where the rounds become rows. Slst the last st to the first st of the round. Bind off and weave in ends. Turn slipper right-side-out and gently fluff Bernat Disco as needed.