Cozy slippers

gray_slippersI know, it’s warm now. Even in Michigan. But feet can still get chilly in warmer weather. These are Anne Bosch’s “Quick Knit Slippers.” The pattern is available through Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill or on Ravelry. About 185 yards of bulky weight yarn will do the trick. Mine are knit of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, an 85% wool, 15% mohair blend that’s been a Brown Sheep yarn since Kelsey was a pup. (No, I don’t know where that expresion comes from either. Does anyone but me know it? It means a long time.)

These slippers are a very quick knit, on two needles. The only modification I made was to switch to 4 needles for the top roll, and to make it roll with all purl rounds (preceded by a few knit rounds), rather than garter stitch. That avoided the seam on the top of the slipper.

gray_slippers3How did those bears get in here, anyway? They are Pat Kreiling’s double knit Jiffy Bears. Here they are all dressed up.

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These “Lounging Slippers” are from an out-of-print Workbasket Magazine booklet called “The Classic Collection: Fun Family Footwear.” The only attribution for the design is “by the staff of Workbasket Magazine.” ¬†One cool thing about this old booklet? It’s printed in what seems to be 18 point type. Easy to read.

These slippers are also easy to knit. Mine are worked in Cascade 220 wool. I decided I’d stick to the idea that matching things are boring. But it’s still nice to signal when something’s a set. They are possessed of an unfortunate elfin quality off-foot. But they mold nicely to the foot once feet get poked into them.

Double-knit Jiffy Bears

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This sweet double-knit bear pair is the brainchild of Michigan’s-own Pat Kreiling. She’s made her pattern available as a freebie on the Knit Michigan website. In fact, Knit Michigan is also Kreiling’s brainchild. She was part of the core of knitters who first made this event happen and who keep it going. Knit Michigan is a very successful annual knitting event that raises funds to support organizations working to make life easier for breast cancer patients.

I made a few  modifications to the Jiffy Bear pattern, adding some length to the legs, deleting two rows from the arms, and shortening the head by almost half. I also turned the work once I finished knitting so that mine show smooth stockinette as their public skin, rather than reverse stockinette.

Knitted toys that will be stuffed need to be knit at a tight gauge, so that their stuffing doesn’t show through. This is doubly true of double knit, the knitting technique where you knit both sides of knitted “tubes” at the same time by slipping every other stitch. These bears are knit of worsted weight yarn, but I worked on size 6 needles. Once I finished knitting them, they looked chilly in their bear nakedness, so I decided to dress them.

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