Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Frost on the ground, water in the cats’ bowl frozen, and my feet are cold!  For the last two weeks, a cold weather snap from Alaska has invaded California.  The farmers’ crops are threatened and my precious plants our frostbitten.  What would I do with snow?

I’ve searched online catalogs for slippers and shopped at the mall and cannot find a slipper that suits my fancy.  I want a slipper for utilitarian purposes, not embellished with satin bows, a designer label or cartoon characters.   Machine wash and dryable, provide warmth and comfort are what I seek, just like the knitted slippers I received every winter as a child.  The slippers are knit with 4 ounces of worsted weight Coats & Clark’s Red Heart acrylic yarn held double, gathered at the toe and accented with a pom-pom.

I looked online for the vintage 1940s knitted slipper pattern and found something similar to what I was searching for.  At my lys, a patron wrote down a pattern for the slipper she knit while in college, but I discovered the instructions for the toe of the slipper were incomplete.  While at a recycled bookstore, I found a book published in 2004  with an adaptation of a double-knit slipper pattern reminiscent of the vintage pattern.

Well…I combined different parts of each pattern and came up with my own slipper pattern.Vintage Slipper Pattern #2

On my quest to find the pattern, I came across the following in a vintage Coats and Clark’s Book No. 158 Jiffy Knits featuring Red Heart Yarns.  I found an interesting pattern for Women’s Stretch Slippers and an amusing pattern for One Skein Book Socks.

Vintage Slipper Pattern #5

Vintage Slipper Pattern #3Vintage Slipper Pattern #4

Author: knitorious

I live in a world of mixed media, primarily focused on yarn and fabric. Currently, I'm exploring the world of fashion design, specifically dart manipulation along with bead embroidery. I enjoy translating my work through the use of photography.

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