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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 06:46am on 20/11/2016 under
Last week we booked a holiday cottage in Lincolnshire so that I could visit my sister and do some sight-seeing with the dogs. It was a very nice cottage a converted stables. The only problem was that it had tiled floors (and a few rugs) very practical for the dogs but I hadn't been able to find my travel slippers to pack. I did have my crochet hooks and some spare yarn from the skirt project so made up one of the 'Bow Belle' slippers in grey and pink and started on a second one - but ran out of pink yarn.

No problem. I knew Louth had loads of yarn shops (indeed, I had bought the yarn for the pair of slippers I'd made for my sister to this pattern at one of them). Unfortunately no one had a pink dk pure cotton yarn in stock. Since I didn't have the ball band I wasn't sure what brand I should be looking for.

The next day we went to Horncastle, which also has a yarn shop (I suppose its the Linconshire sheep tradition that means they have far more shops per town than Essex has in the county). They did have the right yarn in blue, so at least I knew I was looking for 'Cotton On'. They also had a dumper with 'end of range' yarn at £1 a ball so I bought two balls or chenille (last year I was looking everywhere for chenille yarn and could I find any? Not even on the internets!), one in blue (with ball-band identifying it as a Wendy yarn) and one in green (larger, no ball-band).

Back home I frantically hooked up a second slipper in blue and devised a contrast 'cuff' in green. This left me with not enough blue for a matching slipper so I am making a counter-match for the other foot. Chenille is the ideal material for slippers, lovely and soft.

Pattern Notes:
Start with magic ring (rather than 2ch of pattern) and 6dc. Pull ring tight, join, then:
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch. (12)
Round 3: (1dc, 2dc into next stitch). Repeat to start (18)
Round 4: (2dc, 2dc into next stitch). Repeat to start (24)
Round 5: (3dc, 2dc into next stitch). Repeat to start (30)
Round 6: dc round (30)
Round 7: (4dc, 2dc into next stitch). Repeat to start (36)
Round 8 to 17: dc round.
Round 18: Mark off 5 stitches. Turn, DC to marker, turn (31 stitches)
Round 19: 1ch. dc2 tog work to last 2 stitches dc2tog, turn (29 stitches)
Round 20: 1ch, dc round turn.

Repeat round 20 until slipper reaches to ball of foot (another 17 rows approx)
Mark centre of work (14 stitches for right foot, 15 for left)

Work heel:
Row 1: 1ch, 10dc 4x dc2tog 11dc, turn. (25)
Row 2: 1ch, 10dc 2x dc2tog 11dc, turn. (23)
Row 3: 1ch, 10dc, turn.
Row 4: 1ch, 10dc, Fasten off with long tail.

Use tail to sew up back of heel.

With contrast colour work 5 stitches in gap in front (hooking to join existing sides), then 1 row round opening of slipper. At centre front turn 1ch, dc to end turn. continue until cuff is 1" high (or as desired) Fasten off at back.
location: Horncastle
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