I’m in eastern Ohio. We were hit by a horrific flash flood in 1990, then got Frances and Ivan back to back in 2004 (about 12" of rain here.) That’s why hurricanes make me nervous even some 1200 miles away…they get here fast.
Disaster Slippers, copyright 2008 Becky Morgan
Free pattern, to be used as you see fit and distributed as you think wisde, but NOT claimed as your own work. I would hope you’d make a pair of these for someone who needs them at some point, or that you’d use the pattern to cheer yourself up. There has to be a use for all that neon fun fur after all, doesn’t there?
Basic, Beginner, Can’t Purl Variation
For women’s sizes: One skein of worsted weight and two not terribly sharp pencils, or a pair of #10 needles, depending on which you have
For men’s sizes: Bulky yarn OR double strand of worsted and #11 needles. The stitch counts ARE NOT a typo; these are very stretchy and doubled yarn makes them very thick and large, so you can get away with fewer stitches in the bigger size!
Cast on 24 (20) stitches and knit 40 (32) rows (20 (16) ridges.) Bind off.
Stick a needle through the ends of the rows on one side (20 (16) sts.) Knit one row.Mark the end of this row with whatever you happen to have so you’ll know which edge is the toe.
Row 2: Knit 2 together, knit across.
Row 3: Knit across to last two stitches, knit 2 together.
Repeat until you have 9 stitches left. Bind off.
Stick the needle through the other side of the work and work the decrease section exactly the same way. Bind off.
Sew heel seam. If you hgave a crochet hook, chain 64 and fasten off to use as a tie. If you don’t have a hook, use twisted cord, shoestrings, or just plain yarn. Lace the decrease rows up like a sneaker and tie with a bow at the ankle.
Variation #1: For those who CAN purl…
Work the decrease section in ribbing.
Variation #2: More complex, for those who have a circular needle, some worsted and some fun fur, boucle, or what have you. Ladies’ size large:
SOLE: CO 7 stitches in doubled worsted yarn. Work 28 rows (14 ridges). On next row, knit 2, k 2 tog, k 3. On next row, k 2, k 2 tog, k2. On next row, k 1, k 2 tog, k 2. On last row, k 1, k 2 tog, k 1, fasten off. This is the toe (I just cut the yarn, ran it through the stitches crochet-style and tied it. )
Now attach either bulky yarn or a strand of worsted and a strand of one of those gosh-awful fun furs you don’t know what else to do with. Pick up in the ends of all 16 ridges on the sides of the sole, pick up four stitches across the heel, and pick up in the ends of all 16 ridges on the other side. Hint: If you’re working with fun fur, where you pick up toward the toe isn’t going to show much, so jam the needle in wherever you can. Working in the round, knit four rows even.
Now, working back and forth, k 2 tog, knit to last two stitches, knit two together and TURN.
Next row: p2 together, p to last 2 sts, p 2 tog, turn.
When you have 18 stitches left, bind off OR, if you like, drop the fun fur and work four rows of 1x1 ribbing with the worsted. Bind off. You won’t have to sew the heel seam this time, but lace up the top sneaker-style with a crochet chain or yarn or cord or who knows what as long as it makes you happy.