Sometimes what one needs most is a quick and easy knit, even an experienced knitter. Whenever I’ve had a pile-up of design work I often seek out such a project once the desk has been cleared. During this brief break I’ve sought instant gratification in Ysolda’s Grown Up Booties from her booklet, Whimsical Little Knits.
For slippers which gets lots of abuse and wear I like to go for more rustic yarns that are going to hold up to those quick jaunts outside to grab the paper. I also like to err on the side of a heavier yarn that is plied to increase the life so I chose to use Caya Colour’s Jayne yarn which is described on the label as fisherman’s wool. It is nearly bulky weight and is a bit on the scratchy side which is often a good indication that it will wear well, even with the abuse slippers take. The color and value variations in the yarn is giving the fabric a watercolored look that is going to make great slippers!
I’m finding this project to be a great palette cleanser between design projects. There is a little bit of interest in the shaping, but it is mostly mindless garter stitch. Not so much garter stitch that it feels like a chore though. There may be a good chance that many members of the family may find a pair under the tree this coming holiday season! (For gifting see these charts on foot lengths for given shoe sizes and then err on the side of slightly small as the garter stitch really stretches and you want a snug fit so they stay on.)
The pattern is totally accessible to knitting newbies too and is a great way to learn a few new skills without investing a ton of time or money. You’ll learn 1 simple increase and 1 simple decrease as well as how to seam garter stitch.