Slip into some Scandinavian Knitting (+ giveaway!)

Posted by on March 31, 2012, in crochet & knitting,

What could be cozier than a pair of warm, woolly hand-knit slippers? On cold rainy days like we’ve been having here in Seattle, I wish I had a pair stashed under my desk that I could slip on as needed! Wherever you live and whatever the weather, winter is never more than nine months away. (I know, gloomy thought.) So I’m thinking I’d better get started now.

Knitted slippers are great for both men and women. They make fabulous gifts that say, "I love you and I want you to stay cozy and warm." And when it comes to cozy and warm, I can’t think of anything more perfect than a pair of twined-knitted slippers from Laura Farson’s latest book, Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks.

Not only are the designs themselves classic, but the twined knitting is thick and toasty warm. The beauty of the technique comes from the way the colorwork stitches are made. Reminiscent of stranded Fair Isle knitting, in Scandinavian twined knitting the yarn that’s not in use isn’t merely floated along the back of the work in a loose strand—it’s twisted (or twined) as you go. It makes for a thick, durable knitted fabric—perfect for life in the Arctic Circle! While it’s not quite as cold here in Washington state as it is in, say, Norway, we have more than our share of damp, chilly days, where a thick pair of hand-knit slippers are the perfect accessory when curling up on the sofa with a good book or knitting project.

From left: Completed heel, instep, and toe; snip waste yarn to create ankle gap; complete ankle gap by rearranging stitches for short-row knitting.

 

Wherever you live, I encourage you to take a look at this great book. Not only will you learn a fun and useful new technique—twined knitting—but you’ll also find a basic slipper pattern with how-to photos to help you along the way. Besides that, there are 11 additional knitted-slippers patterns with color-coded charts, and seven patterns for knitting coordinating socks. Enough designs so that you can knit slippers for everyone on your gift list without repeating the designs!

Bonus! Here’s one of my favorite things in Laura’s book: a pattern for making knitted and felted insoles for the slippers. Just in case the thick layer of twined yarns isn’t enough for you, adding cushiony, custom-trimmed insoles (shown below left) to the bottom of your knitted slippers adds an extra layer of comfort and is, in a word, genius!

You’ll find plenty of other tips that will help you with your knitting beyond the scope of slippers. Like how to avoid a jog or a shift in a pattern that’s knit in the round. Or how to fix mistakes like dropped stitches while working in a colorwork pattern.

So what are you waiting for? Winter will be here before you know it!

Where and when might you wear your hand-knit Scandinavian slippers? Share your ideas in the comments and you could win a copy of the Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks eBook! (Or, get the eBook free when you purchase a copy of the printed book.) We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win the Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Barb, who said:

“I would love to have a pair of these slippers to wear when I come home from work and kick off my shoes! I had never heard of Scandinavian knitting before, and I really like the idea of not having the yarn just stringing along on the backside of the work. So I would really like to learn this technique.”

Barb, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


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