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It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in ...
It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in St. Louis and opened my first fiber-related business - Studio #96 in St. Charles, Missouri. I worked for several years with an artist who painted original designs on silk fabric which I then transformed into clothing that was sold in upscale boutiques across the country. I also designed and sewed clothing for others, including wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
My husband and I purchased and restored a circa-1870’s building in downtown Madisonville, Kentucky in 2003 and it became Black Dog Fiber Studio in 2010. The studio got its name from our sweet black lab, Magic, who used to come to the studio with me. Alas, he is getting up there in age and prefers to stay home now.
Currently I spin, weave, knit, felt, and dye my own yarns and fabrics which I make into wearable art. I’ve always derived great joy from creating a design in my mind and then making the materials come alive. Seeing others enjoy my work is icing on the cake.
While Black Dog Fiber Studio is not a retail shop with set hours, I do open the studio for “fiber fellowship” most Tuesday evenings, as well as for occasional local art shows in conjunction with the Hopkins County Art League. I teach knitting, dyeing and felting workshops and create and publish knitting, crochet and sewing patterns. Many of my patterns are featured in the online and print catalogs of Knit Picks (www.knitpicks.com), as well as through my Etsy shop (www.blackdogfiberstudio.etsy.com). I spend way too much time on the social network for all things fiber (Ravelry.com) - you can find me as “Mariaknittedit.”
I am a knitter with cold feet. Looking for a quick antidote, I figured there must be a way to convert a knitted toe-up slipper with a full fashioned heel into a crochet pattern - one written with a knitter in mind but not too off-base for an experienced crocheter. Not being witty enough to come up with a catchy name, I figured a descriptive one would have to do - The Knitter's Crocheted Slippers.
The pattern is written for six sizes from toddler to adult but is easily adjustable for a perfect fit. Crochet skill level is pretty low but I've included several website/video links if you need a refresher course or help with a specific technique.
These slippers are the perfect backdrop for embroidery or other embellishment. The appliqus are not included in the pattern but most can be found for free with a little internet searching.
Sizing of the finished slippers is based on actual foot length and follows US shoe sizes.
4 st & 2 rows = 1 inch
I skein Brava (218 yards) will make a size XL Men's set of slippers. Other sizes will need proportionally less yarn.
218 yards of Worsted weight