While I'm still working on my larger projects I'm tossing in some smaller, fun projects to keep thing interesting.
This week I made a pair of slippers I've liked ever since I first saw them on Moogly:
I have to admit they look cuter on Moogly, though. I don't know how well you can see the cables, but it was the cables that drew me to the pattern. I just thought they made a basic crocheted slipper look fun. And while it doesn't really seem like a big deal, note that the cables begin on the side of the slipper and gravitate toward the center when you finish them. Again, it doesn't seem important, but my pictures don't show this clearly. The picture I've provided below shows it best.
Okay, now... if anyone's interested in making their own pair, let me say, while those cables weren't hard to make, I strongly recommend watching the video tutorial. In fact, I suggest following the video to make your whole first slipper. Once you watch the video, making the cable is easy and it will make total sense. And while there isn't a video for the left slipper, the written instructions for the left slipper will make much more sense after watching the video. (I'm not sure the written instructions are as clear as they could be for the cable.)
What I would do differently: Use a bulkier yarn - something labeled "Chunky" maybe - or use double stranded worsted. I used Lion Brand Tweed Stripes which is labeled as bulky, but I think this pattern begs for something thicker than this yarn is. The slippers might have been less "holey" with bulkier yarn, though I don't really know for sure. I was able to use my long tails of yarn that I began and ended with to close up some of the "holes" that appear near the cables.
Also... I can see now that a solid color or maybe a heathered yarn would be best, because the cable gets a bit lost in my self-striping yarn. I'd skip any obviously multicolored yarn for these.
While my yarn choice wasn't exactly perfect, I still kind of like my yarny slippers. They're more like socks, but that's pretty perfect when I don't want to wear shoes inside, but just wearing socks isn't quite enough - especially this weekend when it's supposed to get to single digits. Brrrr. Another layer makes for perfectly toasty tootsies. :^)
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