Snow Set: slipper boots
Sports wear.... skiing!
... even though my sporty friends tell me that even the items I think of from more recent years as acceptable ski-wear have very quickly dated on the slopes.
Anyway - to kick off in fifties style - "ankle-warm slipper boots".
Make two socks alike.
Using the pair of No 10 needles and red (R) yarn, cast on 51 stitches, and work as follows:
1st row: k2, *
p1, k1; repeat from * to last stitch,
7th row: k2, (p1, k1) 5 times, p1,
(k3, increase in next stitch) 6 times, k1, (p1, k1) 5 times, p1, k2. [57
Join in white (W) and purl 1 row.
Now introduce black yarn B and work the fair-isle pattern over the centre
31 stitches, using stocking stitch and reading from the chart, and keeping
13 stitches on either side in rib as before.
Work rows 1 through 12 from the chart, 3 times in all, then 1st and 2nd rows again.
Next row: Rib 13 and slip these stitches
on to a length of wool or a stitch holder for the time being, pattern
across the next 31 stitches, slip the remaining 13 stitches on a length
of wool as before.
Next row: (k2, k2tog.) 7 times, k1,
k2tog. [23 sts]
Adjust length of foot here:
For size 5 foot work 2 rows straight in stocking stitch;
Continue in stocking stitch, shaping toe by decreasing 1 stitch at each
end of the next and every knit row until 15 sts remain, then at each end
of every row until 9 stitches remain.
To make heel:
Slip the 26 stitches left on spare wool or stitch holders on to one needle
and with right side facing, join in W
1st row: k2, (p1, k1) 5 times, p2tog.,
(k1, p1) 5 times, k2.
To shape instep, using needle with the 1 stitch remaining, pick
up and knit 10 stitches along the side of the heel.
With right side facing, pick up and knit 11 stitches along the other
side of the heel and work to correspond.
Press the pattern parts lightly under a damp cloth.
Stitch slipper firmly to sole.
Original pattern calls for double knitting yarn: 2 oz in white (W), 1 oz in black (B), and 1 oz in "lipstick" red (R).
One pair of No 10 (3¼mm) needles
Two 4 inch zip fasteners.
A pair of slipper soles.
24 st and 32 rows to 4 inches (10cm).
To fit UK women's size 5,6,7.
sl1: slip one stitch by passing it between the needles without knitting it.
psso: pass the slipped stitch over.
k2tog or p2tog: work 2 sts together to decrease.
A slightly clearer picture of the boots, showing the snazzy back zip closing.