I’ve been taking a little break from sewing lately, and instead I picked up an old friend that I can hang out with while relaxing on the couch in post-work exhaustion: crochet. Do you ever feel like sewing is such an active hobby? Lately all I feel like doing after work in the evenings is curling up on the couch like a big blob. But I still want to do something… so out came the yarn. : )
These crocheted foot coverings are the Purl Bee‘s Granny Square Slippers, a cute little pattern to wrap your feet in handmade warmth and coziness. I had made a pair for myself (the pink/purple/yellow version) several years ago and just recently unearthed them from the depths of my knitting bin. John noticed them in my apartment last week and humbly requested a pair for himself… and who am I to refuse such a request? So I whipped up the men’s version (maroon/blue/gray) over the past few evenings. Quick and easy!
My slippers are made with Lion Brand Cotton Ease (nothing fancy!) and a size H/5.00 mm hook. I worked three rounds of double crochet and joined the squares with single crochet. All completed in a handful of evenings (if I remember correctly… this was at least 4 years ago). Hooray for finally blogging old projects. : )
Although they don’t look particularly foot-shaped when flat, they actually conform to the curves of my feet quite well. Not to mention the fact that they’re surprisingly warm and cozy. The perfect accessory for a cold Boston spring that refuses to get going already. (Universe, are you listening? It’s almost May.)
I think John’s slippers came out even better than mine. I used Paton’s Classic Wool that I got at Michaels (again, nothing fancy) and a smaller crochet hook: F/3.75 mm. I worked four rounds of double crochet instead of three, which made the slippers bigger for John’s feet, but the smaller crochet hook ensured they didn’t get too big. I like the look of the smaller stitches and tighter texture in this pair.
Since John’s slippers are 100% wool, they’re actually quite warm. According to his nightly slipper reports (yes, I ask him about them nightly…), they do indeed keep his feet pretty toasty. I love hearing that my crafty projects are getting some good use. : )
Here we are modeling them together – cute! Unfortunately neither one of us thought ahead and wore socks that even remotely coordinate with the slippers, but I guess it’s good for full disclosure on the ol’ blog. This is real life, people. : )
After yet another long day at work, I’m off to veg out on the couch in my newly rediscovered slippers. May all your feet be toasty tonight as well.