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« on: November 28, 2009 01:51:54 PM »

In one of my recent swaps, a partner of mine requested a pair of fair isle slippers to replace a pair of her daughter's that were worn out.  I looked around for a pattern that wouldn't take me ten years to knit and I ended up combing several patterns - Lion Brand's Cottage Slipper Sock pattern, an online sock calculator, Nancy Bush's Mamluke pattern and my own common sense. Cheesy

Here are the final results, though the fair isle pattern is copied directly from the Mamluke pattern in Folk Socks -- can't reproduce that info here!

I think they turned out really cute!  They didn't take forever to knit (they were knit on size US13 needles with super bulky yarn) and they made my swap partner very happy!





My modifications to the LB Cottage Pattern:

CO 30 sts, joined in round. Knit in K1, P1 ribbing for 8 rounds in MC. Joined CC and proceeded to knit through the diamond chart of Nancy Bushs Mamluke pattern.
At heel flap, I put 14 sts on needle 1 for heel flap, 8 sts on needles 2 and 3. Worked heel flap for 14 rows total as follows:
S1, K to end of row
^S1, P1^ to end of row
To turn the heel:
k8, skp, k1, turn
sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn
sl1, k3, skp, k1, turn
sl1, purl to next to last stitch before gap, p2tog across gap, p1, turn
Continue w/ row 4 until all stitches worked.
Knit across all stitches. Pick up 7 stitches along gusset, knit across needles 2 and 3, pick up 7 stitches along other side. Rejoin in the round and decrease on gussets every other row as follows:
Knit to 3 sts before end of needle 1, k2tog, k1, knit across needles 2 and 3, on needle 4, k1, ssk, knit to end of row.
Knit all stitches.
When there are 8 stitches on needles 1 and 4, decrease 1 sts on each side of needles 2 and 3. (I had to do this to remedy a problem with the toe decreasing.. Im sure you kind find a more eloquent way of fixing this!).
When there are 7 sts on each needle, knit all sts until foot is 2 less than desired length.
To shape toe:
^Knit until 3 sts end of needle k2tog, k1. On needle two, k1, skp, knit to end of row.^ (repeat ^ to ^ until end of row.
Knit one row even.
When 12 stitches remain (3 on each needle), graft together to close toe.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009 01:53:38 PM »

seriously you are some kind of knitting goddess/saint Grin  those are so cooool, lucky partner!
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009 01:54:30 PM »

seriously you are some kind of knitting goddess/saint Grin  those are so cooool, lucky partner!


Not so! They were fun... after the stress.

And how the crap did you see this so fast? You're not stalking me, are you?  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009 02:07:57 PM »

just call me your shadow..... Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2009 02:14:46 PM »

These are super cool! I might have to try making a pair for my own always-cold feet. But where did you find US13 DPNs?
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2009 05:35:55 PM »

Those are pretty sweet. They make me want to learn to knit.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2009 07:10:34 PM »

These are super cute! And they look so warm and comfy.
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2009 10:31:21 AM »

I love these.  If I could knit better Id be starting them right now!
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009 10:06:31 AM »

Wow!!  These are beautiful Lapoli!  I bet you made your partner's daughter very, very happy!!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009 10:20:28 AM »

These rock my socks.
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