Mother Necessity Slippers

by | Mar 7, 2010 | Uncategorized


So I’ve made five slippers. Three individual slippers and two that are actually the same size *and* color. I made one lovely green one for myself. Then I made a second green slipper. But apparently I forgot how to measure. And that slipper came out a leetle too long. I’ll spare you the photographic evidence.
So I learned how to measure. But then I forgot how to count to two. As in for an adult pair of slippers you need 2 skeins. Anyone got a skein of Peace Fleece Worsted in Perestroika Pink lying around?

The final thing I struggled with was taking pictures of my own feet. So really not happening. And the timer and the tripod and  I are not friends yet. So I made up a quick pair of blue slippers for one of my bubbies and took pictures of his feet.


Oh and I do mean quick. Like I did these in an afternoon. They are worked in double-stranded Cascade 220 on size 13 needles. It’s a perfect quick knit for a gift. And the part I love best is that these are unisex. My bubbies – who are 10 and 11 and have very strong anti-pink sentiments – even love them.


So make a pair for yourself, your hubby, your daughters, your sons. Make a whole gaggle of them and be one of “those” people – you know the ones who won’t let people wear shoes inside? It’s ok. I won’t judge.

They come in three widths – narrow, wide, and medium. Narrow is suitable for most school-age kids and some teensy footed women. Medium is for most women and some mens. And wide is for my husband. No, really, wide is for well, wide feet. And the length is customizable.

Oh and did I mention they are seamless? I really wanted a better slipper. I wanted something unisex, easy, seam-free, and quick to knit. But they turn out real nice. And you don’t even have to kitchener. A three-needle bind-off on an inside out toe works just fine and dandy.


Needles: Size 13 needles (9.0 mm)

Yarn: Cascade 220, 220 yards to 100g, 1-2 skeins

Size: In narrow, medium, and wide sizes and custom lengths

Gauge: 11 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in stockinette, 12 stitches and 19 rows in felted stockinette

Notes: Can be worked on two circulars, or dpns, or magic loop style. Most kid sizes will use one skein of yarn, and most adult sizes will take 2 skeins of yarn.

The Mother Necessity Slippers on Ravelry – only $6.00 USD


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  2. carra

    feet?…..these look so comfy….i am supposed to take up the bootie gifts my great aunt used to make…i did find a pattern and revised…but they still hurt my feet when i walk in them….oops


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