When my beloved Peter Alexander slippers hit the dust this summer, I decided to try my hand at making my own. My previous attempts at crafted slippers were not at all successful – I’d crocheted some slippers a few years back, which remain mostly unworn due to the pain of the crocheted fabric cutting into my foot, and the less said about my countless failed sewn slippers the better.
This time, I stuck with knitting, and chose Ysolda Teague’s Not-So-Tiny Slippers pattern. This is a simple-looking pattern with a clever construction: the i-cord edging is knitted first, with stitches picked up from it then worked in the round to create the slipper. Short rows provide the shaping, and the sole is worked in garter stitch.
There is probably nothing I hate more in knitting than applied i-cord, but the slippers were so cute I gave it a crack. For the most part, it proved worth the effort, though I had a bit of trouble achieving my desired result. The biggest issue was sizing. Despite having large feet (AUS 9-10), the largest size was huge on me. There was no way that slipper was staying on my foot, so I sized down to the smallest size, and even then, I would have had to pin the sides together at the centre of my foot to get it to stay on.
After a bit of thinking, I decided to stick with the smallest size and thread 6mm elastic through the i-cord before seaming it together. Although fiddly, this worked a treat, and now the slippers stay firmly on my feet. The elastic has the added bonus of making it easier to get the slippers on and off, which help a great deal with my mobility problems.
I’m not sure whether I’d recommend this pattern – having to go down 2 sizes and make further modifications seems like too much hard work for simple slippers. My gauge was spot-on, as far as I can tell, though I acknowledge in a 3D object like this even the slightest variation in gauge can make huge differences.
The yarn, however, I can definitively reject. It is a Spotlight brand – Moda Vera Elenna, a cotton/acrylic blend. It wasn’t terrible to work with or wear, besides a bit of splittiness that is to be expected in such a blend, but the knots were a killer. I counted 3 joins in one ball. Three!
Despite my quibbles, I obviously didn’t hate these slippers too much because I promptly made another pair. They are just what I need for getting about the house in summer.