Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Favorite Slipper Pattern

A family of slippers knit for my German host family - Christmas 2008
In this post, I would like to feature my favorite slipper pattern. I have made several of these slippers since I discovered the pattern in the Fall of 2008. Since then, I have made around 20 pair of these slippers for gifts for friends and relatives. They are super easy and always appreciated. The pattern calls for an optional cuff, which does add some ankle warmth. 

This pattern knits up fast - there is one row of knitting followed by the pattern row. I have cast on fewer and used smaller needles to adapt the pattern for children's feet. Additionally, I like to use 3-strands of yarn when I make this pattern for adults. The pattern for these slippers is free and can be found here.

My parents wear theirs so much, the bottom wears out in a year. To combat that, I have started sewing suede fabric on the bottom of their slippers to help them last 2-3 years. I have them stand on the suede fabric in their slippers while I draw their foot pattern on the fabric. Then I cut out the "sole" and sew it onto the sipper using a needle and thread. I'll try to get a picture of this the next time I visit my parents and post it here.

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