Happy 2013! Are you enjoying it so far? :) Mine has been off to a rather bumpy start (including literally falling on my ass and getting some pretty bad bruising), but I’m not giving up my optimism! But before we lift off with 2013, I still need to show you some leftover Xmas knits.
For a while now, I’ve been dreaming of finding the perfect pattern for slipper socks. I come from a culture which firmly believes that walking around the house only in your socks leads to all sorts of horrible diseases (and as for completely bare feet, well, it is likely that even thinking of doing that will give you life-threatening pneumonia). Of course, nobody particularly likes searching for their slippers every time they need to get off the couch for a moment or two, especially since slippers’ favourite passtime is sneaking off under the couch and hiding from you, preferably each one separately. (Missing socks? They’ve got nothing on slippers, I tell you! Slippers pull that shit off about 8 times a day.)
Now this is where slipper socks come in. They’re perfect: they stay on your feet just like socks, the whole time, so you can’t lose them, ever, and yet no one can complain that you’re not wearing your slippers, ever. Not to mention how warm and cozy they keep your feet at the same time…
When I was a kid, my whole family used to persistently harass my grandma to knit us slipper socks. When they were delivered, we all wore them with fervour and then proceeded to immediately start harassing her for a new pair (the old one would be worn out by the time she was finished knitting the new one). But grandma stopped knitting a long time ago, and is no longer with us. This makes me the one and only resident family knitter. And I’ve been dreaming of becoming the provider of the same simple joy of slipper socks as my grandma used to be.
The Colour Block Slipper Socks by Jessica Biscoe were a good start in my search for the perfect pattern. (You’ll be seeing some more candidates in the coming months.) Knit in aran weight, these slipper socks are quick, thick and snuggly. And I suspect this might serve as a great blank-canvas pattern as well: simply use a different cable (already on this first version I chose to mirror the cable on the second sock to make them symmetrical), play with colours, alter the length of the sock… The variations are endless! The pattern is simple and well written and might be a good beginner sock.
And my sister was very happy with them! Now the harassing by other family members can start… :)
Do you have any slipper sock patterns that you love? I’d love to give them a try!
They do look very cosy. Drops do a lot of good heavier weight sock patterns.
I’ve been on the lookout for a good slipper sock pattern as well. There clearly is a hole in the market.
Interesting! Could it be because it’s such a “traditional” thing to knit, that “modern knitters” are not interested in it?
Thanks for stopping by and visiting me, so nice to see you there. Love your slipper socks too, how cozy they look!
I LOVE this pattern, and have been meaning to knit it for awhile! Your version turned out great. I think I’m going to make a simple pair of granny square slippers, like these: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-square-slippers-2 Good way to use up odds and ends!
They look amazing, I love your touch of mirroring the cables! Thanks for writing up your experience of my pattern, it’s lovely to see other finished pairs. Hope it got you a little further in your quest for the perfect slipper sock. :)
Love your Slipper Socks! I enjoyed this post a lot!