martedì 21 dicembre 2010

No snail hat!

got sidetracked by a pair of slippers.. you know the old-fashioned classic slippers with the big pom poms that aunt rose or your granny used to make back in the 50s and 60s
nothing fancy, no intricate colour switches, just plain simple flat-knit slippers! You can make them to fit babies or children by using finer yarn and smaller needles, for adults use bulky yarn, size 9 needles, gauge about 3-4 stitched to an inch
Cast on 32 stitches leaving a long tail and continue as follows:
garter stitch section
row 1 and every odd row: k10, p1, k10, p1, k10 (the 2 purl stitches will create a nifty fake seam on the right side!)
row 2 and every even row: k all stitches (right side)
continue in this pattern until the piece is half as long as your foot, or the foot that will be wearing the slipper!
you have completed garter stitch section
ribbed section
Row 1: k1, p1
Row 2: p1, k1
continue as established in k1, p1 ribbing until the entire piece (including section 1) is 1" shy of the length of your foot (or the foot that ...)
Ribbed section is done
Decrease section
Row 1: k2 tog to the end of the row
Row 2: purl all stitches
Row 3: repeat Row 1
Slipper is essentially complete
Do not bind off stitches
Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail, using a yarn needle (you know the big fat ones with a blunt end and a big eye) run the tail of the yarn through the stitches remaining on the needle and pull tight to gather them (I usually run it through twice) and without breaking the yarn, sew the two edges, right sides together up to the garter stitch section. Cut off excess yarn if necessary and weave in ends.
Fold the cast-on edge in, half right sides together matching up the two fake seams and sew the heel seam using the cast-on tail. Trim yarn and weave in ends.
Add a pom pom if you want - I keep my simple for easy washing!
and there you have it.. Keep those tootsies warm on these brisk winter nights!!

on to the snail hat tonight!!

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