Do not let the days between posts about these slippers mislead you. Each one really only took one short evening’s worth of television knitting to complete. It just took me a while to find just the right finishing touch.
Pattern: Ysolda’s Grown Up Booties from Whimsical Little Knits
Yarn: Caya Colour Jayne, 100% fisherman wool, 220 yds per 4 oz skein; color Avocado.
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
While I matched the required stitch gauge on the US 8 needles with this yarn I was getting fewer rows per inch than called for. I calculated how long the decrease part on the slippers were in the pattern at the given row gauge and how long it would be at my row gauge. Doing so told me I needed to start the decreases approximately one half inch sooner than directed by the pattern. However, when looking at other finished booties on Ravelry it seemed clear that the snugger the fit the better the booties looked when on the feet. Plus, garter stitch is really stretchy and forgiving so I started my decreases an inch sooner than directed. The end result are booties about 2 inches shorter than my actual foot, but the fit is great. It seemed a good size for US9-10 shoes and perhaps even as small as 8 as long as they aren’t narrow.
Because on US 8 needles I am already using smaller needles than I would choose for the yarn if I go down one more size to US 7 needles I think I’ll nearly maintain the stitch gauge and may get a bit closer to the stated row gauge. With the Iron Oxide yarn I’m going to try the 7s. The more dense the knit fabric the more durable the slippers will be so I’ve not got much to loose. It might take a tad bit longer to knit up, but if they can then be worn for longer I think it is worth it.
I did decide I wanted to dress the booties up a bit and give them a nice finishing touch. I ended up stacking two different types of buttons from my button stash and sewed them along the outside toe seams. I think that was the perfect “frosting.” I have something a little different in mind for the red ones. But of course I’ll have to take a couple evenings “off” to knit those up yet. Soon though! It is always important to take some time for yourself.
See all the details, including sizing notes on my Ravelry project page. Stop by the shop and try them on for yourself too!