Original pattern deux. I'm quite happy to share with you my "take" on a classic lil' pair of TV slippers! These comfy (and darn cute!) slippers were inspired by my Grandma Gorgeous' favorite pair of slippers, knit by a dear friend of hers:
The original pair (pictured above) were thickly knit out of a sturdy wool on straight needles and then seamed up the back and along the front. The bow on the top seems to be some extra yarn that was braided into a cord, tied in a simple bow, and then sewn to the top of the slipper. I instantly fell in love with their adorable retro-ness and it wasn't long before I had deciphered my own, up-to-date version.
I simplified the construction a bit by knitting on straight needles from the heel to where the sides come together on top of the foot. I then switched to double pointed needles and knit in the round for the remainder of the slipper. Also, I opted for a pom-pom instead of a bow, but really either work.
To replicate the sturdy, thick knit, I used two strands of Cascade 220 on size US 10 needles.
It's the perfect yarn. Soft, warm, had a good amount of cushion, and even though the tag says to hand wash and lay flat to dry - Mother Dearest tosses hers in the washer and then in the dryer for a little bit and they've been fine. Of course, this can break down the yarn over time, so hand washing and air drying is always recommended, but... it's good to know, right? Especially because there is a lot of give with these slippers - they can stretch out quite a bit over time - so it's good to know that you can shrink 'em back up in the dryer if you need to. Just be careful not to felt them! Toss 'em in the dryer just enough to shrink them back up.
Another benefit to this versatile and wallet-friendly yarn is that you can knit a pair (any size) out of one skein. That's right... one skein! It's knit from the beginning and end of the skein at the same time which is quite easy if you wind your skein at your yarn store so that you can pull yarn from the middle as well as the outside of your "ball."
So, I hope you like the pattern! Feel free to click on the link below to be directed to the PDF. And please... let me know what you think! I'd love to hear feedback!