Last spring, I helped a friend crochet a pair of slippers. She already knew how to crochet, but needed some help working through the pattern she had selected.
It was fun. As we worked through it,I started thinking that slippers would be a great crochet class. They involve some simple shaping, and opportunities to customize fit, but are way more forgiving than socks. I was determined to come up with my own pattern. I wanted it to be cute and fun but also practical. I wanted it to be relatively easy to make and something folks would want to make again and again.
Here it is!
After making my store samples, and working through the pattern, it was Summer, so my feet were not cold at all and I put aside my own pair. With the sudden arrival of colder temperatures, I can’t make my own pair fast enough!
This really is a pattern that provides guidelines on how to make and construct the slipper boot, but let’s you adjust for size. That means you can relax about exact stitch counts as long as it looks how you want and fits well. (You may never hear me say this again.)
One of the other things I love about the pattern is that it is all variations on the single crochet stitch. Other than some slip stitches, the entire slipper is composed of single crochet stitches. This really is a chance to get to know some of the versitatlity that this little stitch has to offer.
The yarn, Plymouth Gina Chunky does all the color work for us. The chunky weight helps make the project work up quickly. Gina is a wool yarn, I have not tried it in another fiber, but bulky, cuddly yarns are the way to go here. A solid color would also be interesting, maybe even a deliberately mismatched pair?
The soles are made with a little bit of short row shaping. If you have never done this before, it’s a gentle introduction to the concept, and will leave you prepared to tackle other projects that employ this technique.
We’ll also look at the range of options for making the soles non skid, from sewing on a leather sole, to a quick fix with fabric paint.
And lastly, who does not love a Pom Pon? They are an optional embellishment, but an easy one to learn how to make. No fancy gadgets necessary.
Join me Sunday’s 11/15, 11/22 and 12/6 at WEBs for a fun skill building class, with slippers to boot.