Excursion by Hunter Hammersen


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October 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette (make sure you get the same gauge flat and in the round)
200 - 275 yards (183 - 251 m)
Written in three sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

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Excursion noun a short trip, especially for pleasure

I love a good trip as much as the next girl, but there are a few creature comforts I just can’t do without. The first is the things required to make a proper cup of tea. The second is a cozy pair of slippers. There’s nothing quite as relaxing at the end of a long day adventuring as putting on a pair of slippers and making yourself a cup of tea.

Now alas, the era of steamer trunks and porters seem to be gone forever, so suitcase space is at something of a premium. That means knit slippers are a bit more practical than bulkier versions. They don’t take up much more space than a pair of socks, and they’re delightful to slip into. These are my current favorite (and will definitely be accompanying me on my next adventure).

These are tremendous fun to knit. You start at the back of the heel and work some very clever increases and decreases to first make space for your heel then shape the gusset. Then you join to work in the round for the rest of the slipper. You’ll feel shockingly clever when you see how they go together!

They’re written in four sizes (48, 52, 56, 60 stitches around the ball of the foot), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a dense, sturdy fabric with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 5.5, 6, 6.5, or 7 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the slippers will fit a foot (measured around the ball of the foot) between 7.5 and 12 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You want to feel alarmingly clever
  • You want to pamper your feet on your next adventure
  • Your next adventure might just be curling up at home with a good book

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)