I was so impressed with Alexandra’s performance – 100 pairs of slippers!
All I’ve had to do recently has been 12 pairs of medium slippers for women, but quickly, for a friend’s project. I told myself to use yarn that I already had – no trips to stores!
I chose the Quick and Cozy English Rib Slipper pattern from footnotes. This is my fastest slipper pattern. This pattern is so stretchy that a women’s medium fits almost every lady! I was also in a hurry and I was able to zoom through them.
Which thread to use? This slipper can be made on a bulky machine or a standard size machine, but requires fluting. I could use worsted or sock weight. Even if I chose a thread that didn’t give a yardstick, I knew that with a pinch of math, I could recalculate the stitches and rows and still make it on one of those machines, with the ribs attached.
I wanted them to be fairly thick and sturdy so that they would last for a while, but also somewhat soft. I wanted them to be a bit female. I kept picking up yarn and putting it back.
I finally found pink glittering yarn in a drawer. (There is far too much yarn here.) This yarn is quite chunky and stiff for a sweater, with enough cotton that it is not stretchy, but I knew it was fine knitted in this ribbed pattern. The yarn came from Newton’s Knits a few years ago. I had always wondered what it should be like when I looked at it!
The pattern requires 4 ounces of yarn. I round up when I write patterns that only indicate a group of thicknesses because your yarn may be fewer meters than mine or you may make minor changes. With this pink yarn, the bulky medium required about 3 1/2 ounces for a pair. Each slipper can be knitted in a maximum of 10 minutes. Sewing takes 10-15 minutes! You need a seam at the back of the heel and at the top of the foot. Hide two ends and you’re done.
Knitting 24 slippers took less than a working day, but I did it in several sessions. The stitching took a few days on TV (I recently watched “Call the Midwife” again on Netflix when I’m done).
I hadn’t done this pattern in years. I watched my own video to refresh my memory and it was a good thing because the stitching method I forgot was easy and worked great. You may want to apply these methods to a project like a hat that needs to be collected at one end.
As soon as they were assembled, they needed a non-slip substance on the floor for safety reasons. John kept the silicone gasket in the garage where he used it often and had a new hose on hand.
Part of the silicone gasket I used in the past was liquid, so very easy to apply – you just scribble with the cone-shaped applicator. However, this was thick and pasty. I put on Nalgene gloves, squeezed a blob on my finger, and stroked it on each rib in the ball of the foot and heel on the bottom of the slippers. Since my sealant was so thick, it definitely didn’t catch the filling that I had removed before taking this picture.
The photo shows slippers drying on a garbage bag. The silicone gasket gets all over. although I think I’m careful. The loose ties you see are only used to hold the couples together.
I think they look like pink, sparkling corn cobs! They’re bigger than they look because the ribs open when you push them on your foot.
Here are some pictures of them done. The sparkle is subtle and does not appear in the pictures. Note that there is a seam on the top of the foot that fits in and looks like the rest of the ribs.
Here is a shameless plug for mine footnotes Book and DVD. There are also a few other slippers and some socks for sewing. Everything has 12 sizes and it comes with a very detailed technical DVD. The slippers are suitable for standard, medium-track and bulky flat bed knitting machines.
I’ve sold more footnotes than usual lately. When that happens, usually someone with one of the patterns did something very nice and shared it on the internet. I don’t know what it is – would someone tell me in the comments?
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