Frolicking

Author

by Janice Stanborough

Introduction

Frolicking Slippers

Keep your little piggies as warm as bacon with these cute and cheery Mary-Jane slippers. They will add a bounce to your step, reminiscent of spring lambs, and the flowers will remind you of the happy spring flowers hiding under the snow. Suddenly, it just feels like spring…

Materials List

  • Milano Crepe double knit wool, 50g, 1 and a half balls. Yarn scraps for flowers.
  • 4.5mm (US G) hook
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Slipper measures approximately 23cm (9 inches) along bottom from toe to heel (unstretched).

Notes

  • Slipper is worked from the toe to heel in circular and regular crochet.
  • If you want a longer or shorter slipper, adjust the pattern between the rows 14-23 or 26-51.

Sc = single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Ch = chain
St(s) = stitch(es)

The Pattern

SlippersBody of slipper (make 2)

Do not join rounds 1 through 23 – just work in a spiral. Place a marker in the first stitch of each round to help keep track as you go.

Round 1: Ch 2. Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

Round 3: Work 2 sc in each sc around (24 sts)

Rounds 4-8: Work sc in each sc around (24 sts)

Round 9: Work *sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in 3rd sc*, repeat around (32 sts)

Rounds 10-12: Work sc in each sc around (32 sts)

Round 13: Work *sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in 4th sc*, repeat around (40 sts)

Rounds 14-23: Work sc in each sc around (40 sts)

Row 24: Sl st in next sc. Ch 1, turn

Row 25: Work sc in each of next 30 sts, leaving 10 sts unworked. Ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 26-51: Work sc in each st. Ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 52: Work sc in each of first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, *sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Sc in each of next 5 sts. Ch 1, turn (35 sts)

Row 53-57: Work sc in each st. Ch 1, turn (35 sts)

Row 58: Work sc in each of first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, *sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * 4 more times. Sc in each of next 5 sts. Ch 1, turn (41 sts)

Row 59: Work sc in each st. Ch 1, turn (41 sts)

Slippers diagramFor rows 60-64 refer to the diagram, at right.

Row 60: Section A = sc in first 12 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 4 more times. Dec over next two sts. Section A = sc in last 12 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 61: Section A = sc in first 10 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 4 more times. Section A = sc in last 10 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 62: Section A = sc in first 8 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Dec over next two sts. Section A = sc in last 8 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 63: Section A = sc in first 6 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Section A = sc in last 6 7 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 64: Section A = sc in first 4 sts. Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Section A = sc in last 5 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Sl st to join the last stitch to the first st. Don’t fasten off.

Slipper opening and strap

Mark where you would like the strap.

To make the slipper tight, and to make the strap, you will have to sc around the opening at least once (I went around twice), decreasing every few sts to make it tight (I decreased 1 st every 3 sts). When you get to where you want the strap to be, stop and ch approximately 20. Sc in each ch and keep working your way around the slipper opening, decreasing every few sts. You can do this as many times as you like to make it tighter, but each time you go around, the opening will get smaller and the strap will get thicker. To finish off, sl st at the back of the heel and fasten off. You might want to sew shut the heel opening.

Alternative (easier) instructions

After Row 59, continue to sc until the slipper covers your heel. Fasten off, then sew up back seam.

Sc around slipper opening, starting from heel and decreasing every few sts to make it tight. Fasten off.

Make the strap separately and sew onto slipper.

Flowers

Note: Keep your yarn tails at least two inches long so you can tie them together.

Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook to form a ring. *Ch 6, sl st in ring* 5 times (makes 5 petals). Fasten off.

To attach flowers to slipper, poke the yarn tails of the flower into holes in the slipper and tie them at the back. Trim ends. Sew each petal to keep it down.

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