Singeli's Silver Slippers by Lisa Jacobs
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Singeli's Silver Slippers

Knitting
July 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in St st before felting
US 9 - 5.5 mm
210 - 420 yards (192 - 384 m)
About 5½ (6, 6½ , 7, 8, 9)" circumference and 5½ (7, 8, 8¾ , 10, 11)" length after felting; 6 (6½ , 7, 7½ , 8½ , 9½ )" circumference and 8 (9¾ , 11½ , 12½ , 14¼ , 15½ )" length before felting. Slippers shown in 10" lengths.
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

In the Swedish Cinderella story, the shoemaker makes his daughter Singeli a pair of silver slippers, which the Fairies of Fortune bless. Singeli wears her slippers under wooden clogs, and as she grows, her slippers grow with her. She becomes a cowherd for the king, and wearing her silver slippers, she rescues him from trolls. Later when she serves the king dinner, she trips and her clogs fall off, revealing her silver slippers. The king recognizes them and announces that she is his savior and he will marry only her. Sized from toddler to adult, these simple slippers can be fitted personally to each wearer by adjusting the felting.

NOTES

  • Slipper begins with a rectangle worked back and forth in rows on two double-pointed needles. Stitches are picked up around the sides of the rectangle and worked circularly from toe to instep; then the tongue and foot are worked flat to the back of the heel. The heel is finished with a three-needle bind-off.
  • Slipper toe can be worked using double-pointed needles, two circular needles, or one long circular needle for the Magic Loop method.
  • Size may be adjusted by increasing or decreasing felting time. Check slippers often during felting process.
  • When working embroidery, scale flower to fit in center of slipper toe and add more rows of Jacobean couching, having thread lines about ¼” apart before couching.