Slippers by Vivian Høxbro

Slippers

Knitting
September 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm

Designer notes: These comfy slippers begin with two blocks (consisting of 1 square each) joined along two sides to form the closed toe. Additional squares are added to this pouch to form the sides, sole, heel, and optional ankle.

General guidelines for yarn amounts: 1 to 1.5 skeins (217 yard per skein) for children’s sizes 9 1/2 to 11 1/2

1.5 to 1.75 skeins for children’s sizes 12 to 1 1/2

1.75 to 2 skeins for youth sizes 2 1/2 to 5

2 to 2.25 skeins for sizes 6 to 8

2.5 to 3.25 skeins for sizes 8 1/2 to 11 1/2

Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Holiday 2008: “These comfy slippers are adapted from traditional Faroese-Icelandic shoes. They begin with two block (consisting of one square each) joined along two sides to form the closed tow. Additional squares are added to this pouch to form the dies, sole, and heel. You can leave the top edge as is or finish it off with a simple round of crochet. The slipper shown was worked on 39-stitch garter-stitch squares in Iris and Lilac for a finished U.S. children’s shoe size 9.5. Felt the slippers in the washing machine to shrink them to size, the brush on a layer of latex on the soles to give them a nonslip sole.”

Finished Size: Use the sizing table on page 23 (of Interweave Knits, Holiday 2008) to help you determine slipper size. But keep in mind that felting is inexact and it’s not possible to predict a specific size. Even the same yarn knitted to the same gauge will felt differently depending on the color of the yarn, the water temperature, the amount of agitation, and the type of soap. If your slippers end up smaller or larger than expected, try again following the instructions for a larger or smaller size. Give the extra slippers as gifts and get smiles in return.

Yarn: Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine) in 2 or more colors. Shown here: New England Knitter’s Shetland (100% wool; 217 yd 200 m/50 g): two or more colors. General guideline for yarn amounts: 1 to 1.5 skeins for children’s sizes 9.5 to 11.5; 1.5 to 1.75 skeins for sizes 12 to 1.5; 1.75 to 2 skeins for sizes 2.5 to 5; 2 to 2.25 skeins for sizes 6 to 8; 2.5 to 3.25 skeins for sizes 8.5 to 11.5. The exact amount of each color depends ont he number of colors, style, and the finished size.

Needles: U.S. size 4 or 6 (3.5 or 4 mm): straight needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; stiff palstic to shape slippers while drying; latex or puff paint (available at craft stores) for reinforcing soles and helping to prevent slipping (optional); size B/1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook for picot crochet edging (optional).

Notes:

  • Work the squares in garter stitch.
  • The number of stitches in each square depends on the desired slipper size.

Interweave Knits, Holiday 2008 pages 22-23.