The perfect cosy slippers that will fit everyone's feet. Knit in chunky yarn to create the thickest soles, the folded cuff will keep them on snugly, which is lucky, as you may never want to take them off!
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.
Skills for knitting this project
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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
Needles and notions
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
Pdf file versions
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drey slippers v1.1
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