Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Elizabeth and I have been reunited. As usual, she is leading me where I've never gone before.
Of course,this time that's not saying much as I am probably the only knitter in the universe that has never knit baby booties. Not that there are any babies on my horizon, but these booties caught my attention in Knitting Without Tears.

You see, I have a thing for slipper patterns. Not that I knit many slippers, but for some reason I collect slipper patterns. In Knitting Without Tears, Elizabeth calls these booties 'A Good 2-Needle Garter Stitch Slipper With Cuff ' and knits them with thick - 8 sts/4 " - wool. My original plan was to knit them just like that until the same pattern caught my eye in The Opinionated Knitter.

In that book, Elizabeth knit them with fine yarn and they are part of a baby outfit. As with the Tomten Jacket, Elizabeth used the thickness of yarn to change the size. I love that concept. No change to number of stitches or rows, just change the yarn. Of course, designers would starve if we all knit that way.

These 'slooties' or blippers' are typical Elizabeth.
All one piece, all garter stitch. Shaped with increases and decreases. Open to striping, fair isle or colour work of your choice. Bless your heart Elizabeth for being so creative.

In Knitting Without Tears, Elizabeth comments "These boots come to an endearing point at the toe, so that you look like a Lapp, Eskimo or Kurd." Who can resist Elizabeth?


Needles said...

I love these little booties too. I wonder how they would felt? Might have to try that before slipper-ama, due here this fall.

Laurie said...

Oh, they are darling! Blippers, indeed!

elizabeth said...

Hee! Those are so sweet! A coworker just told me this morning that she's pregnant and I'm definitely making her some booties! She's having a December baby too, so I can use wool!

Anne Campbell said...

Those are cute as a bug's ear.

It is fun to follow Elizabeth in the fascinating places she leads! One of these days I should do one of her projects that requires huge amounts of Kitchener stitch and get over my dislike for it (or, of course, decide that I'm not ever going to get over it. Sometimes that happens.)