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Ok, there are tons and tons of ways to make sweater socks or sweater slippers, whatever you want to call them. I happen to live in Northern Minnesota and it has gotten down to 70 F below zero this winter …so I call these sweater socks NEEDED. Here is the quickest way that I have found and you are only investing about 40 minutes for a pair. Well, and an old sweater of your choice. Every spring & fall I hit the cheap-O second-hand shop near me and spend the 5 bucks per garbage bag full of clothing. I walk in, grab a garbage bag, clear the racks of as many sweaters & bed sheets I can cram into the bag. Pay my 5 bucks and I’m a happy woman, other than the fact I get them home and have now added 3 loads of laundry to my day. But I use the sheets to make summer night gowns for all the girls and if I found “gold” – flannel sheets, they make super soft & warm winter night gowns. The sweaters are all used until there is almost nothing left but a wayward seam. Sweater socks, slippers, blankets, mittens, gloves, scarves, carrying bags, you name it the list goes on and on. Today here is an easy peasy and quick sweater sock.
What you will need:
bout 6 feet of yarn
a plastic sewing needle for yarn
1 piece of paper
Doing the deed:
First thing is first, take a piece of paper and trace your foot or a shoe for who yu are making the slipper for.
Take your old sweater and cut off both sleeves. The sleeves will be yur socks.
Next lay the traced peper foot on the sweater and cut out. It is up to you if you want double layer, I certainly do and did make them. Simply cut through both layers of the sweater. Once you have one sole cut, set the pieces to the side and flip the paper foot over to cut the other set.
You now have a left & right sole and double layered if you have choosen.
4th step is to take your sleeves and slide the cuff up your ankle, leaving the rest of the sleeve hanging off your foot. If you are woking with a shoe for someone, no biggie. Leave a 3 to 4 inch top, where the cuff is, above the shoe. Trim around your foot, along the side or side of the shoe you are working with, where the sole meets the side of the shoe.
take your tops and match them up to your sweater cut soles and pin. I suggest start pinning at the toes. Also if you have to be perfect and want to feel clumping sweater around your foot, by all means, turn your pieces inside out for a clean finished look. I was going for the “I don’t care, keep my feet warm and I have 5 minutes before the kids go nuclear” way to do these.
Thread your yarn needle with whatever yarn you have on hand. Start stitching, you can use a whip stitch or whatever is easiest for you.
And there you have it! Sweater socks in 30 to 40 minutes. If you did turn your pieces inside out, enjoy your clumps, or just trim them down a bit. Carefule not to trim too much or they will unravel when you wash them.
Soft, warm and double soles feels like fluffy carpet under your feet.
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