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One of the crafts I wanted to do from this November 1962 issue was the “Lounging Slippers” so I started them first. They really worked up fairly easily, using only two needles and knit flat. They do utilize a variety of basic stitches (knit, purl, k2tog, yarn over) and when you pick up the side stitches mine was a little tight and hard to work the first row or two. I found out that I may have a different technique because after picking up stitches I didn’t have the number of stitches I should have. I didn’t even have the amount they called for, even though I extended the pattern to fit my big feet. They aren’t mishapen though, they fit great and look great, so my technique didn’t effect them at all, just different not wrong.
I decided not to use the decoration in the pattern, they are just so open to design, you could do anything! My feet were cold, and I didn’t mind if they didn’t have any decoration at all, but I wanted them to be cute too. I pulled out “100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Lesley Standfield, and followed a very simple pattern for a lazy daisy. Then I sewed it on and did a few random french knots, and some stitches in each center, just for some extra color.
The colors seem quite retro, at least to me, and sightly Christmasy, but that was an accident. These are just the colors I had nearby from previous projects.
They took about 2-3 hours per slipper, maybe less, and so little yarn! With the fun ways to decorate I’ll be making a bunch for Christmas presents. They were very easy to extend for larger feet. I wear a women’s ten and expanded the instep 10 rows. I probably could have done slightly less. As printed they should fit most standard sizes of feet, or you could use smaller needles and thinner yarn for kids slippers!
I love these and they were a great project to dive into in this “new” issue.
I rushed to put them on, but when I finish my next pair I’m going to show you an easy trick to make them non-slip!