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It’s slipper season! The temperature has dipped all of a sudden in Melbourne and our toes are feeling chilly. Emma’s feet are so big now that she has grown out of kid’s sized slippers, I can’t find any to fit her (I’ve looked everywhere), so I thought it was time to dive into my yarn stash and knit her a pair.
When I was growing up my mum would always make my sister and me little knitted booties from remnant yarn. Often it was yarn from unraveled jumpers that we’d gown out of held double to make the slippers chunky and robust, the doubled up yarn also gave them a speckled effect which I love.
Mum never used a pattern, she would just knit and test the size on our feet as she was going.
While poking around on the internet I found a pattern on Ravelry that looked almost exactly like the slippers she once knit for us (with some slight variations), I took it as a sign that it was time to start knitting and continue the tradition.
If you are new to knitting, this pattern is a good challenge to take you beyond just garter stitch, it has a few little stitch techniques thrown in that sound complicated but really aren’t. I haven’t followed it exactly, just used it as a guide and then adjusted the lengths to make slippers that fit both Emma and me snugly.
You can find the basic slipper pattern here on ravelry, then I’ll show you how to assemble it.
Don’t Knit? You may prefer this crochet slipper pattern instead – Harlequin Crochet Slippers
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How to make Knitted Slippers
The slippers are knit with 2 yarns held together to make a thick and durable fabric.
Use any combination of yarn you have on hand. As a general guide two 8ply (DK) yarns, or one worsted and one sport yarn held together should be suitable.
Make your pom poms with any colourful yarn scraps you have handy. Here’s how to make scrap yarn pom poms.