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Scrumptious Shagged Slipper Socks


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Shagging is a hundreds-of-years old technique, used by hand knitters in New England and Canada, to make hand knit mittens warmer. Robin Hansen described this technique well in Homespun Handknit and in Flying Geese and Partridge Feet and shows mitten patterns using the technique. I haven't seen the technique used on slippers or slipper socks, though, and thought it was ideally suited to the purpose. The shagging adds a cushy, inner layer to the slipper sock, further protecting the feet from any cold drafts. The socks are easy to knit and the shagging is fun and quick to do, after the socks are knit. I've worked up this pattern in 6 sizes, covering children through men's sizes. Now, what makes these slipper socks scrumptious? The yarn - Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, used double - it is so soft and cozy. I've used 2 colors together in each of the samples, for a marled effect - some are bright, especially the children's socks, others are muted and earthy. Lamb's Pride comes in a wide array of colors, so choose the two you like best! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl, inc, dec, yfwd, ybk, slip stitch, shagging is explained in the pattern with accompanying photos GAUGE 15 sts and 22 rnds = 4" (10 cm) [3.75 sts and 5.5 rnds = 1" (2.5 cm)] over st st with 2 strands yarn held tog and size 9 ndls, or size to give gauge. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Sm. Child / Med. Child / Lg. Child - Sm. Wom. (Med. Wom. / Lg. Wom. Med. Men) Foot Circ: 7 / 7.5 / 8 (8.5 / 9 / 9.5)" Heel to Toe: 6.5 / 7.5 / 8.75 (9.75 / 10.25 / 11)" Floor to Cuff Top: 4 / 4.25 / 5.25 (5.25 / 6.25 / 6.5)"

Recommended with this pattern

  • Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, 85% wool/ 15% mohair, 190 yd/4 oz pull skeins, 1 / 1 / 1 (2 / 2 / 2) skeins each of 2 colors (for a tweedy effect).
  • Sm. Child: M51 Winter Blue & M69 Old Sage
  • Med. Child: M22 Autumn Harvest & M14 Sunburst Gold

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Dawn Brocco
Designing hand knitting patterns for print and indie publication, for over 20 years. Specializing in updated classics, innovative shaped cable designs, and whimsical, Nature-inspired knits for children and the home. Happy Knitting! Dawn Brocco