These slippers were designed with the highest levels of cosiness in mind! Construction begins from the centre of the sole, which is worked in the round in garter stitch to get that extra squishy feel and shaped with short rows for a close, anatomical fit. Working out from this point you then create a ribbed, deeply folded cuff which will keep the slippers secure and ensure that every toe is happy and warm!
The Drey Slippers are the definition of a Knitworthy pattern, something you'll want to gift to all those who appreciate your time and effort when making hand-knits. They are available in multiple sizes for adults, going right down to teeny ones for little kids. If you are making these for someone extra special (including yourself!), why not try an optional laceweight mohair carry along to the uppers and take the cosiness level into a heavenly realm. For those looking to hone their skills, this pattern is great for practicing knitting in the round, short rows and 3-dimensional shaping. All of which will provide a perfect stepping point for casting on your first socks.
A Drey is the nest of a tree squirrel, flying squirrel or ringtail possum and much like the appearance of slippers, they are often found to become more visible in the Autumn. During the colder, winter months, dreys offer warmth and shelter; cleverly constructed with twigs for a sturdy shape on the outside, whilst the inside is lined with soft materials such as moss and fir. Ysolda was moved to consider the way nature provides its own kind of cosiness, when catching sight of red squirrels moving their kit between dreys whilst rambling in the Highlands. These slippers represent the transition to the colder seasons, less harsh for the cosiness that can come with it.
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13 sts and 22 rnds = 4” / 10cm in stocking st in the rnd using larger needle 15 sts and 48 rnds = 4” / 10cm in garter in the rnd using smaller needle
To fit EU shoe sizes: 30-31[32-33, 34-35, 36-37, 38-39](40-41, 42-43, 44-45, 46-47)
kids s[kids m, kids l, xs, s](m, l, xl, xxl)
Shown in kids large EU 34-35, adult size small EU 38-39 and adult size large EU 42-43
Chunky weight wool or wool and acrylic blend yarn. Single ply yarns are not recommended.
Lion Brand Hue + Me (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 4.41 oz / 125g, 137 yds / 125m) in Rose Water.
Malabrigo Chunky (100% merino, 90 yds / 82m, 3.53oz / 100g) in Frank Ochre
Jamieson’s of Shetland Marl Chunky (100% Shetland wool, 132 yds / 121, 100g) in Ivory
125[145, 160, 170, 190](205, 220, 240, 255) yds / 90[105, 115, 125, 140](150, 160, 175, 185)m
Optional laceweight carry along for upper foot shown on ivory sample: 10–20g
Isager Silk Mohair (75% kid mohair, 25% silk, 848m, 100g) in Colour 2
US 8 / 5mm needles:
either two 24” / 60cm or longer circulars for 2 circulars method or one 40” / 100cm or longer needle for magic loop. The gauge on the sole is very tight, I recommend using metal needles.
US 10 / 6mm dpns or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd
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