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I am always in search of different slipper patterns to try out. Why? Well since I live in North Minnesota, 6 months of the year is cold or winter and slippers are a must. More of a life’s blood for me, my feet turn to blocks of ice pretty darn quick and I don’t really see that slowing down with age. By nature I am a crochet person, not a knitting. Although I do have myself one of those handy-dandy knitting machines, in case I want to test out new swear words.
The other day while combing the internet for something new, I decided to combine a few patterns I already had. To my surprise my self creation already existed …shocker that others have a brain like mine. Quite scary to be honest. Some people call these Norwegian slippers but since I am sitting in Minnesota and not Norway… Here are my Minnesotan slippers. I look step by step pictures with my crappy camera and will now attempt to explain how to do these buggers. They are really easy to make, it’s all in the folding and stitching at the end that can make or break these slippers. I will also tell you these slippers can be made with fabric and not just by knitting or crochet 😉
I have no clue on sizes on these, it is going to be pretty much trial and error. I have boats for feet, size 11 in women’s and these fit me fine. I did 4 inch by 4 inch double crochet squares. Two strips, one with 5 and one with 3 squares. I picked for you contrasting colors and horrid stitching so you could see what I was doing. Once you have your 2 strips get ready to slip stitch.
Lay your short strip at the top of your long strip and stitch together. Yep, you have made a giant “L”, flashback of Sesame Street.
Take your newly made “L” and turn it like so.
Now bring the long tail in 3.5 squares.
Take the short side and fold it over to meet the other side flush.
Run a slip stitch from the top left corner along the top and down the center. This will attach the 2 tails together. You will have 1 square left over, don’t worry, you will be using it.
Flip the whole thing over.
Fold the bottom side in so that you get your points of the squares to meet. See the 2 pink squares? Slip stitch from the points down to the bottom right corner of the gray & pink. Stick with me and yes when you’re done you can have a glass of wine.
All stitched, let’s move on.
On the left you have half of a black square that will be a flap for the finished slipper. The right side will now be folded in on itself. Your gray square will need to be folded down to the edge of the black below it and your top black square will then run along side of your bottom right, pink edge.
Like this. Run a stitch from the corner of the matched up gray all the way down the side. Starting from this left corner you should have gray laid on black and a black laid on a pink edge. Run your stitch down both. Doing this will creat the second flap to the slipper.
This is a bottom view for whatever reason 🙂
Running the stitch and a side view of what I am doing.
The last black square that you will stitch to the bottom right pink edge to make your flap or cuff.
See, would I guide you wrong? Once you try it, this becomes much easier.
So here is 1 slipper, but you’re going to need 2. Well unless you have 1 foot or 3.
Once you are done, turn them inside out and you are done.
Now if you use a wool yarn you can felt them too. Wet them down with some warm water, lather with a little dish soap and toss in the washing machine for a cycle or two. Then let them air dry.
I made another pair out of an old mens wool blazer I had in my craft tote. I did mark out the size of the squares on the strip of fabric, just so I didn’t twist my brain completely. Have fun and keep warm!
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