Cozy Feet

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Awhile ago I knitted some slippers from a vintage 1960’s pattern which I’ve had for a long time.  I have seen it for sale on some etsy stores, not sure how you can sell something that was originally free but once they put vintage in the title I guess it is worth a try.

a vintage Patons knitted slipper pattern at

At one time I knit lots of these for family members.  The instructions come in 3 sizes.   I use double yarn of a worsted weight for extra thickness.  The pair that I have are starting to wear through on the soles, and they have been patched on top of patching.

knitted slippers at

I’m using black, probably because I have a huge ball of it and need to use it up, but black goes with everything and it doesn’t tend to show the dirt as much.  Well, sometimes it doesn’t.  Next time I will make a different colour.  They are made in knit and purl stitches, nothing fancy, and all in one piece.  Once completed it just takes a little while to stitch up the back and front.

knitted slippers at

The pattern calls for 4.5 mm needles, I used a British size 8, or 4mm, which worked out fine for me.  They are great because you can toss them in the washing machine but after a couple of washes they start to pill up and it takes time to pick the little bits off.  You could fancy them up with bows or pom poms but I prefer them plain.

knitted slippers at

They are comfy slippers perfect for putting in your suitcase or overnight bag and they sure do keep your feet warm.  They can be slippery on some types of floors so do be careful when wearing them.  There are some options out there for making the soles of slippers non slip that you might want to check out.  I don’t have to worry as I have carpet in most of the areas I walk in.

It’s getting quite chilly in the mornings and evenings now.  Have you got something to keep your toes warm?

I’ve also shared this on my Ravelry page.  Do you keep track of your yarn projects there?  If you do, let me know your user name there and I’ll pay you a visit.

the crafty side of Crafty Gardener

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party and with Hookin on Hump Day.

17 Responses

  1. Gill

    Those are neat and very handy for this time of year. I am on Raverly but just look up patterns and ideas on there.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      I’ve been enjoying the sewing patterns you have been sharing Gill. Too bad we can’t keep track of them on a site similar to Revelry. I’m going to try a few of the patterns soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Margie

    Your slippers look perfect for the cozy winter season. I wear slippers all the time at home. But because I have foot issues, I have to wear slippers that are orthotic-friendly.

  3. Robin

    I love these slippers! I know I have had many pairs over my lifetime. True, they are slippery on hardwood floors.
    Have a good day.

  4. hetty gruener

    I used to have that pattern, It came in a package with ‘learn to knit’ and crochet books. I ordered them when I was a Guide leader, back in the late 70s. I loved it and made tons of slippers using it. Unfortunately I was very generous with the pattern and gave it away to anyone who was interested. After all I got it free. I looked for it in my old patterns but it seems that I don’ have it anymore.
    i do still have an old pair of slippers though. I think I will try to copy the pattern and write it down so I don’t lose it.

  5. Kea

    OMC, that’s a blast from the past! Mom used to knit those all the time, every Christmas I’d get a pair, usually with a pompom. When I got older she had a different pattern that made rib knit slippers, quite thick, again, adorned with a pompom. I still would get a pair every Christmas! 🙂

  6. Myrtle

    I have those patterns and have others I have done. I also need to wear footwear in the house that I can wear my orthotic’s. I think I will make a pair for evenings when I am not on my feet much but my feet get cold. Yes the slippers can be slippery so I sew no-slippery stuff like the shelf liner on the bottom. I’m sure there are other non- slippery materials that work too and also slows hoes appearing.

  7. Catherine

    What a great idea! With this colder weather descending, this is certainly a good idea.

  8. angie

    I so love this type of foot warmers. They are so comfortable and often made by someone that loves you.

  9. teresa

    They look perfect and so cozy. I want a pair too…Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  10. Tammy S Asad

    There’s no way anyone can keep up with all the stuff that is being sold or copied these days when it comes to patterns. I’ve been wanting to make some crocheted slippers but just haven’t done it yet. My list of projects is a mile long.

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