Fabulous Slipper Edgings

I have several friends who make crochet slippers for their family members every year. I love the tradition. The only thing I can think of that is warmer than a pair of crochet slippers on a cold night is knowing they were made by someone who loves you.

 
Slippers for the Family by Candi Jensen  

We have put together a collection of nine crochet slipper patterns that will be perfect for everyone on your list. And because slippers work up so quickly, you still have time to get them finished and wrapped.

To make each pair more personalized, here is designer Linda Permann to share a three edgings that are perfect for slippers.

Slipper Edgings

Edgings are a great way to add a second color to your project while also making use of scrap yarn.

For a professional-looking edge, first work a row of stitches in the main color. This transition will smooth out any uneven edges, especially along side-row edges, and create a consistent insertion point for the decorative edge. To do this without adding much height, work a row of single crochet.

 
  A Family of Slippers by Linda Permann

For a cuffed slipper, you can work taller stitches or several rows of single crochet. The key to successful edgings on smaller projects is to keep it simple. Choose unfussy edgings that work over a multiple of three stitches or less. This allows you to add or skip a stitch in an inconspicuous way if the math doesn't work out perfectly. For the more math-minded, you can keep the stitch multiple in mind when you add your first round of single crochet stitches. If you evenly work the correct multiple of stitches around the foot opening, you won't need to fudge the edging pattern at all.

Here are a few edgings to try: To begin, join a contrasting color yarn in any stitch near the heel. Note that for each edging, you may need to skip an extra stitch at the end, depending on your stitch count.

CHAIN LOOPS (worked over a multiple of 2 stitches)

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in same st as join, ch 3, *sk next st, sc in next st, ch 3; rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join.

ICING (worked over a multiple of 2 stitches)

 
   

Rnd 1 (WS): Ch 1, turn so that WS of slipper is facing you. Hdc in same st as join, sl st in next st, *hdc in next st, sl st in next st; rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join.

POINTS (worked over a multiple of 3 stitches, shown on basic slipper)

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Rnd 1 (RS): *(Sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc, sl st in next 2 sc; rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join.

–Linda Permann

Get your copy of our Crochet Slipper Collection: Patterns for the Whole Family and discover nine fabulous slipper patterns. There's still time to whip up a few for great gifts this year.

Best wishes,

P.S. We'd love the hear about your crochet Holiday traditions in the comments.

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