Amazing Siberian Slippers
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SEAMLESS SLIPPERS, KNIT ON TWO NEEDLES, FLAT IN ONE PIECE. EASY TO KNIT. NO FANCY TRICKS OR TECHNIQUES.
Story of Amazing Slippers
I was really and truly amazed and surprised by these slippers when I looked at them for the first time. I have thought of myself as a pretty experienced and adventurous knitter, yet I have never seen anything like them before. And I could not figure out how they were made. I asked a friend, who has shown them to me. She was very startled at my interest in such mundane objects and told me that she has no idea how they were made. Her Mom makes dozens of them each year for all of her family, friends and innocent bystanders. Since I live in Israel, and her Mom lives in a tiny village in Siberia my chances of learning anything about this wonderful footwear were almost nil.
Well, it seems that the Globe has shrank since the last time I checked, because about a couple of months ago my friend’s Mom came to stay with her after her baby was born. Lucky me! As soon as I heard about it I called my friend and made an appointment to see her Mom and learn how to make the Amazing Siberian Slippers. They turned out to be even more amazing than I could imagine. Nina, the Slipper Maker, has learned how to knit these slippers from her aunt. I was the first stranger, who has shown an interest in them.
My main difficulty was not in mastering the art of knitting these slippers, but in translating very sketchy instructions into a regular pattern that can be successfully used by all. It involved a lot of knitting, lots of ripping out, frustrated head banging and that blight of my knitting - The Math!
I have tried to lovingly preserve the traditional folk way of knitting these wonderful slippers because I think it is important. There are not many people left, who remember now how they were knit.
I hope you will come to love these pretty slippers and knit lots of them.
Even though these pretty slippers look complicated they are very easy to knit. They are knit flat on two straight or one circular needle, but have no seams at all.
There are no fancy knitting techniques involved. No double knitting or short rows. No grafting too. And almost no purling.
Because the sole and the heel are knit last, it is easy to undo and replace the worn out heel.
You can use two colors, three colors (using a different, sturdier yarn for the sole), or just one color - it is all up to you.
Petite, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. With Petite being approximately European size 36 and Extra Large European size 46 - 48.
There is a section at the end of the pattern explaining how to customize the fit of the slippers.
If you are interested in children sizes, please see Amazing Siberian Slippers for kids.
2 skeins of yarn in Color A for sizes Petite and Small. 3 skeins for larger sizes. If you want to knit the sole of the slipper with the yarn doubled you will need 1 more skein.
1 skein of yarn in Color B. You will actually need about a half of that skein.
1 size US 2 (2.75 mm) circular needle, or a pair of straight needles in size
US 2 (2.75 mm)
1 size US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, or a pair of straight needles in size
US 3 (3.25 mm)
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
Skills you need
Long Tail Cast On
Picking up stitches
on color pattern: 6 stitches per 1” ( 3 stitches per 1 cm)
Petite – 8.25” (21 cm) long, 6” (15 cm) high.
Small – 8.5” (22 cm) long, 6.25” (16 cm) high.
Medium – 8.75” (23 cm) long, 6.75” (17.5 cm) high.
Large – 9.25” (24 cm) long, 7” (18 cm) high.
Extra Large – 10.25” (26 cm) long, 7.75” (19.5 cm) high.