Quiescent by Hunter Hammersen


March 2014
yarn held together
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Blocked stockinette
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Written in five sizes and five gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Quiescent adjective marked by inactivity or rest

Cinderella had the wrong idea…

I’m not the glass slipper type. In fact, I’m not really the shoe type (certainly not dressy shoes). I’m more inclined towards soft, snuggly slippers. Make that soft, snuggly slippers, worn at home, while sipping tea, and in the company of a sleeping kitten. That sounds much better than any fancy dress shoe, no matter how smashing the ball might be.

If you’re with me on this (or if you just want something cozy to slip into after the ball), then these slippers are for you.

The ribbing follows the shape of your foot beautifully, and the strap makes sure the slippers stay perfectly in place (just in case you start dancing).

These knit up quickly with a skein of dk, light worsted, worsted, or aran-weight yarn for the main yarn (that’s the gray one) and a bit of fuzzy laceweight for the accent yarn (that’s the blue one). I knit mine with about 225 yards of worsted-weight yarn and 100 yards of laceweight yarn (and I have women’s size 11 feet, so lots of people have smaller feet than me). I suspect you can comfortably make any size with 300 yards or less of the main yarn, 150 yards or less of the accent yarn.

And just because slippers can look a little funny while you’re making them (which really, that’s half the fun), the pattern includes lots of extra photos that show you how the slipper comes together, just so you don’t get nervous!

They’re written in five sizes (32, 38, 44, 50, 56 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, 5.5, 6, 6.5, or 7 stitches per inch (and remember you’ll want a firm fabric so they feel more substantial than socks…you’ll probably be using smaller needles than you would expect to use with your chosen yarn), 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 5 and 12.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You suddenly find yourself in need of knit slippers
  • You share my secret hatred of outside shoes

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)