Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cross Over Slippers

these are so easy and wonderful to make

Our Cross-Over is a great little pattern. It is so easy to knit in simple garter stitch which is also known as "plain knitting". The finished slippers are cosy, lightweight and very packable.
The standard Cross-Over slipper  super chunky yarns. You'll also need two soles which can be made from any heavy material  such as felt denim - one with latex on the bottom for a bit of grip.
We recommend a minimum of two layers, not only for comfort, but also to hide the joins when stitching between the two sole layers leaving the slipper smooth both inside and out. You can add one or two extra pairs of our to give more cushioning or more grip.
To get started make a note of the number of holes on your chosen size of sole.
Using 6mm needles (US size 10, UK  and Canadian size 4) cast on 11 stitches for size 1-2, 12 stitches for sizes 3 to 5, 13 stitches for size 6 - 8  and 14 stitches for bigger sizes.
Knit twice as many rows as you have holes e.g. if the sole has 68 holes knit 136 rows. 

Cast off leaving a long tail (about a yard or metre) to start your stitching.  

Using a  blunt needle start stitching one corner to the centre front of the slipper - you'll see there's a small notch to show the correct starting point.
The key to even spacing is to stitch one rib of the garter stitch to each hole and work your way right round.
Make any joins on the underside of the sole so they will be hidden when you stitch on the outsole.
When you get back to the toe continue in the same direction stitching the short edge over you first stitches
Tuck the other short edge inside and stitch this to the knitted upper close to where it joins the sole.
Reverse the overlap for the other foot! 
 The out sole is attached by stitching through both (or all if you're using more than two!) layers of soles. Here we are attaching it with back stitch. - but you can use any stitch you would like- blanket stitch always looks cosy. Use the space between the inner and outer sole to hide the join when you need to knot on a new length of stitching yarn.
  Try to keep a neat finish both outside, 

and inside.
Thanks to Joes toes for the tutorial


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