Buachaille Baffies (Stranded) by Kate Davies Designs

Buachaille Baffies (Stranded)

October 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Plain and colourwork stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
130 yards (119 m)
Length adjustable within the pattern
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Baffies is the Scots word for house slippers, and these two-colour baffies have a neat and nifty construction. Choose between a plain or stranded version, both of which are quick and peculiarly addictive to knit. Will one pair be enough?

Buachaille (100% Scottish Wool; 110m / 120 yds per 50g skein)
MC: Ptarmigan 1 x 50g skein
CC: Highland Coo 1 x 50g skein
A pair of Baffies to fit a foot 24.5cm / 9¾in long used 30g / 66m / 72yds of MC and 24g / 53m / 58yds of CC.
Larger / smaller Baffies will use more / less yarn.

Foot circumference: 22cm / 8½in
Foot length: Adjustable within the pattern, within the range 22-26.5cm / 8¾-10½in

Needles and notions
Two sets of 40cm / 16in gauge-size circular needles for working Turkish cast-on
Gauge-size needles of your preferred type for working small circumferences
Small quantity of waste yarn
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

26 sts and 29 rounds to 10cm / 4in over both plain and colourwork stockinette stitch using gauge-size needles. This was achieved using size 3.5mm / UK 10-9 / US 4 needles.
22 sts and 40 rows to 10cm / 4in over garter stitch using gauge-size needles.
You may need different sized needles to match gauge in all three stitch patterns.
Please check your gauge carefully and adjust your needle size accordingly.
A simple way to check gauge is to cast on, work the toe, give the fabric a steam with an iron on the wool setting (do not allow the iron to touch the fabric), allow the fabric to relax; check your gauge, and go up or down a needle size as necessary.

Special Techniques
All special techniques are described in the pattern instructions. If you require some extra assistance, these excellent online tutorials may help:
Turkish cast-on method
Three-needle bind-off method
Backward-loop cast-on method
i-Cord bind-off method (this technique is the last in the article)