Knitted slippers

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.

Death Trap Slippers
I’m sure they weren’t this bad when I last wore them.

Shame, but a great excuse reason to buy some of these, that I showed you on Tuesday.

Bergere de France Slipper soles

I however wasn’t keen on the slipper patterns in the book we were given at the Bergere de France talk.

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I much preferred these…

Bergere de France knitted slipper socks

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.

Berege de France Alaska Pivione

Unfortunately I needed three balls, and then only because I made the stripes of stash yarn thicker than in the pattern.

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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…

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Then the front…

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Sewing up with whip stitch was easy with the pre-punched holes.

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Four buttons added to each and they were finished.

Bergere de france slipper socks
As I look at this photo, I see that I’ve sewn the ends in to what I was thinking was the wrong side, but because the top flips over they show. Doh! Will have to sort that – if I can be bothered.

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.

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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!

Bekki Hill

43 thoughts on “Knitted slippers

  1. I think these look fantastic Bekki! 🙂 I’ve made both sewn and knitted slippers, my favourite slipper pattern is this one:

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nolas-slipper-pattern

    I have never found the knitted ones particularly slippery but the sewn ones are, I get bubble paint/textured t shirt paint and squeeze parallel little wiggly lines evenly across the base in the ball and heel areas, which gives a good non slip finish. 🙂

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  2. Are you sure Mr. Hicks didn’t find your ‘Death Trap’ slippers over the summer and have a ‘play’ with them? Cute slippers but I need a hard sole for mine because of going in and out of the back door with the dogs, etc so I think I’ll have to stick to M & S moccasins.

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  3. You’ve done an excellent job on those. I was surprised at how popular the soles were at the Bergere event but I can see now why. You’ve made my next sample project (Bergere knitted slippers!!) easier with your explanation. Thanks

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  4. Wow, those are stunning. I have never made my own, but I am seriously keeping this in the back of my mind for winter. (few months away, as we are heading into summer here now).
    But I “Need” a pair for sure. I can start looking out for some pretty yarns and soles in the meantime. 🙂

    Well done!!

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    1. Will let you know – although a barely walk round in them. As I’ve mentioned to others, I wear orthotics and trainers in the day – if I didn’t I’d probably wear slippers all year. Bet you house is lovely being Victorian. I love period houses. Ours is 101 years old this year, so Edwardian.

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      1. I think we’re right on the cusp of Victorian, and certainly has that style:high ceilings and stained glass windows… Hence it’s always so bloody cold. I guess we’re pretty Northern too, although the sun has graced us with its rare presence all week for once! 🙂

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  5. These are fab! Clever as ever as creating your own. I tend to wear flip flops round the house and don’t is any proper slippers. I like the baseball ones in the pics tho. Looking forward to seeing the next ones you make. 😀

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    1. Clever! I’m sure we’ll bust that myth soon. I have to wear orthotics, so no flip flops, and minimal walking in slippers -without them in – so the major function of mine is to keep my feet toasty. So how do you keep you feet toasty on a cold winters eve? Am warming to the converses – may have a go at those for littlest lovely.

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    1. Oh yes, I just love all the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the old ones, don’t you? Sorry to hear you have difficulties with your feet. That really does seem to affect everything else. But glad they’re not always cold now….but still must have cute slippers. 🙂

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  6. Great job, Bekki. Your new knitted slippers look really good! I love the colour and style and they look very comfortable to wear. I agree that non-slip soles are vital. Skating around on tiled kitchen floors isn’t a great deal of fun. Slippers are a must, especially in winter, and yours were so quick to make. All very positive except, perhaps, the cost. As you explain, though, that could be lessened by buying cheaper buttons etc.

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    1. Thanks. I admit I didn’t mean to spend so much – but hopefully the book will be of further use and I have yarn in my stash for the girls pairs and buttons all over the place 🙂

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    1. I’d definitely say buy some soles, the slippers I knitted the soles on are really slippy – they tend to slip round my foot too. I’m going to frog them one day and make something else.

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