When autumn arrived early this year, I dug out my slippers, only to discover they had turned themselves into a death trap over the summer.
Shame, but a great
excuse reason to buy some of these, that I showed you on Tuesday.
I however wasn’t keen on the slipper patterns in the book we were given at the Bergere de France talk.
I much preferred these…
Unfortunately they’re in the beginner knitting book, which costs £7.50. I could have made up a similar pattern, but since I had far too much going on in my head already and my daughters occasionally want to knit when they’re at home, I thought it might be handy to have to encourage them – since they usually start knitting a scarf and never finish.
The only suitable yarn I had, in large enough quantities, in my stash was either hideous, or more the girls’ sort of colours – and I’m planning on modifying the pattern to make them a more interesting a pair each.
The pattern uses 150g of Barisienne yarn ,a double knit, knitted two strands at the time, and 50g of Alaska, which is chunky. I didn’t like the Barisienne, so bought two balls of Alaska in Pivione, hoping if I added a few blue stripes from some stash yarn, I’d get away with it.
Unfortunately I needed three balls, and then only because I made the stripes of stash yarn thicker than in the pattern.
All in all my pair of slippers took about 4 – 5 hours to make – although being garter stitch, only the sewing up needed proper attention. But they were easy to construct, first pinning the ankle part to the back of the base…
Then the front…
Sewing up with whip stitch was easy with the pre-punched holes.
Four buttons added to each and they were finished.
Total cost if you buy everything recommended…
Magazine with pattern £ 7.50, Soles £10.30, Barisienne yarn 3 x £2.20, Alaska yarn 1 x £3.25, Recommended buttons 2 packs of six @£4.25 each = £36.15
However, if you’re a beginner, the magazine should give you far more value than just a pair of slippers. Finding cheaper buttons will also cut the cost dramatically. Using yarn and buttons from your leftovers/stash will allow you to turn out a pair for the cost of the soles.
The soles are made from split leather with acrylic fur and are washable.
I was told they’re non-slip, but can’t see this description on the website. The problem I have with knitted soles is that they’re less safe than my aforementioned Death Trap slippers – so I’m sure these will be much better. It will also be interesting to see how long they last – the Death Traps, which weren’t cheapies, have lasted less than a year and I only wear them in the evening when it’s cold!
Have you ever made your own slippers? Any tips for making my next ones for the girlies?
Thanks for reading!