still knitting

When the sun goes down, as it does earlier and earlier these days, knitting takes place instead of gardening.  Have been working on a knitted slipper, starting with a basic “easy” slipper I found on the web that used a Chunky yarn.  Did try knitting it, and didn’t like the back seam, or how really bad the toe came out (operator error? pattern error? or just a bad design). Anyway, redesigned the patter for my foot and my particular stitch idea and yarn weight.  Am working with a worsted acrylic yarn (4) that I found at the thrift shop. Each foot required almost one full skein.  The stitch is simple and on an even number of stitches, basically does too thicknesses at once. This is a more flexible, softer, yet warm over doing a double yarn in garter s titch.  On an even number of stitches, slip the first stitch purl wise, with yarn to back, knit the next stitch. repeat across row until last stitch. Knit last stitch thru the back of the stitch.  If you don’t do that, you end up with really sloppy loose edges. That just twists the yarn and keeps it neat. anyway, turn work, and repeat.  When you have to bind off, just keep to the pattern.

this is what the knitted piece looks like before sewing.  The back flap gives a smoother less bulky bit around the heel of the foot.  Then stitches are added to make the ankle. THis can be made wider so it sits up higher around the ankle/leg.  or not, as I’ve done it.  Its about 5″ on each side, with 2″ for the heel of the foot, a total of 12″ wide.  That makes the flap 2″ deep.  Once the ankle piece has been knitted, about 5-1/2″ (depending on size of foot/leg) bind off down to the basic foot.  For me, it had to be about 9″ around the foot.  Using a basic sock pattern, at 8-1/2″, started binding off one stitch each row to narrow the toe.  If it gets too narrow too fast, you can alternate with regular knit row.  When done bind off.  shirr front and sew front seam. sew up to ankle. sew up back.  Turn cuff, or not.  Add leather sole, or not.  cushy, warm slippers.

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