Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sweetie Slippers-Quickest, Comfiest Crochet Toddler Slippers

What!?  Slippers! It’s still summer for Pete’s sake!

I know, but hear me out:  We’ve been unpacking and our little laddie unearthed his adorable red slippers created by the talented Rachel Zachary.  They’re his favorite so he put them right on his feet and went to prance around the house.  Well, this was terribly unfair in the eyes of his sister!  So I took her to my yarn stash and she picked out two colors of yarn.  Oh!  She was so excited she just squealed and ran around the house with a skein of yarn under each arm!  During her nap the next day, I whipped up one slipper after looking at her brothers pair a bit and perusing some patterns online (see these cuties!)  When she woke up, she was so thrilled that she wore just the one slipper the rest of the evening!  The match was finished the following nap and right now it’s pushing 100 degrees outside and my daughter has her slippers on! Silly girl, but it’s nice when your work is so appreciated!  I made them a little big so they’ll (hopefully) fit through the winter.

Actually, I think I'm still on my Alaskan internal clock to some extent.  Even though it's crazy hot here, I'm seeing photos of my Fairbanks friends all bundled up in coats and hats already.  This is the time of year we're used to preparing for a long, deep, and cold winter.

Anyway, I was just telling my mom about this project and how, at this stage in our lives, I rarely complete a project that isn't super quick, can be dropped at any time for the random emergency, and terribly useful.  This project definitely fits those guidelines and I love that it is still lovely and fun.  In fact, as soon as I finished hers, I picked out some greens to make myself a pair!  Awesome way to use up some yarn remnants, too!
I used two yarns at once (first time I’ve tried this technique) and I really love how they join together and how thick and warm of a texture they create.   I haven’t written many patterns before so if there’s any confusion, please shoot me a message!  This pattern is for a size 6, but they could easily be adjusted for larger feet, I would imagine.  To make a larger size, I would repeat round 3 1-2x, then repeat row 12 until it is long enough.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Sweetie Slippers                                                                               

Round one: 6 DC into magic ring.  Tighten and join to first.

Round 2: Ch 2.  2 DC in each sp. (12)  Join with slst.

Round 3: Ch 2. (2 DC in next sp.  1 DC in next sp) around. (19)  Join with sl st.

Round 4-6: Ch 2.  1 DC in each sp around.  (19)  Join with sl to.

Row 7-12: Chain 2, turn.  DC 13 across.

With right sides facing, join the back of the heel with slip stiches.  Fasten off.

Join to top of the heel seam with a sl st.  Chain 2

Round 1: (DC in each sp) 9x. DC 2tog.  DC in next 5 sp.  DC 2tog.  (DC in each sp) 9x.  Join with sl st.

Round 2-3: Ch 2.  DC in each sp around. (24)  Join with sl st.

Fasten off.  Weave ends.

~Hindsight note: now that she's worn these a few days, I'm seeing that they're rather large around her tiny ankles.  They stay on fine, but if I were to make them again, I would do a few more DC 2togs in the second to last round.

If you decide to give this pattern a try, I would love to see how it turns out for you and how you might choose to make them uniquely yours!  Would you send me a photo?  Happy creating!

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