Denyse Specktor

Wh hen traveling in Russia, I came across an interesting custom I believe is common in much of the East. There, upon entering a house, everyone takes off his or her shoes and puts on a pair of slippers. This makes most people comfortable and prevents dirt from being tracked into the house Families generally keep their own slippers, as well as extras for visitors, close to the front, door. I like the idea of adopting this custom as is or, in a slightly altered way, by placing slippers in the guest room so overnight visitors have something to put on their feet while getting ready for bed or early In the morning

Review notes on page 30 before beginning to knit.

SLIPPER TOP (make 2) Using smaller needles and MCI CO 39 ( 41, 45) sts. Working I edge st at each side (see Notes) work seed st over center 37 (39, 43) sts for 4 ((5, K) rows. Set up argyle pattern: Joining a new strand of yarn for each c olor change, work I edge st. work I (2, 4) st seed st with MC. work Row I of argvle slipper chart over center 35 st«». work I (2. 4) sts seed st with MC work I edge st. Work even from chart, maintaining edge sts and seed si at each side, until Row 2li has been completed. On the next ~> rows decrease 2 sts at each side inside the seed si sections as follows: Work 2 (3. 5) sts as established; ssk (see Notes) twice on RS rows, or p2tog twice on

Finished Sizes

To fit women's sizes small (medium, large), approximate shoe sizes '6% - 7 (8 - 9. 9'/t - 11) or men's approximate shoe sizes 5 - 5V4 (7 - 8, 8V& - 10). Shown in pale fuchsia colorway size medium, and burgundy colorway size large

Yarn

Paternayan Persian Wool (100% wool; 40 yards /1 ounce) 4 skeins each main color (MC), and 1 skein each colors A, B, C, and D according to your chosen colorway (see Note on page 30) Pale Fuchsia Colorway: MC #323 pale fuchsia. A #570 dark navy, B #564 light blue. C #320 plum, D #634 spring green. Burgundy Colorway: MC #900 red, A #652 olive. B #832 orange, C #815 yellow. D #310 dark plum.

Needles

One set straight needles size US 3 (3.25 mm).

One set straight needles size US 5 (3.75 mm).

Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions

Yarn needle, crochet hook size D (3.25 mm). 12" of V*" wide elastic, fabric glue, pair of purchased leather slipper soles in appropriate size (see Sources, page 175).

Gauge

Using smaller needles and two 2-ply yarn strands, 28 sts and 36 rows - 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st) argyle pattern from chart.

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The yarn for this project is made up of three 2-pfy strands. Separate a length of yarn into its individual 2-ply strands, and work with two of these strands held together in order to achieve the correct gauge

The argyle pattern is worked in Stockinette stitch intarsia, with sections worked in the main color at each side to achieve the different sizes. Use separate lengths of yarn for each argyle color section, twisting the yarns at each color change to avoid making a hole. Do not carry unused colors along the back of the work.

Seed Stitch (even number of stitches)

row is *K1, pi; repeat from * to end row 2: "pi, k1; repeat from * to end Repeat these 2 rows for pattern.

Seed Stitch (odd number of stitches)

Edge Stitches: Si (slip) the first stitch of each row as if to purl with yarn in back; knit the last stitch of each row through back of loop

Ssk (slip, slip, knit): SI the next 2 sts to right-hand needle one at a time as if to knit, pass them back to left-hand needle one at a time in their new orientation, and knit them together through the back of their loops.

Sssk (slip, slip, slip, knit): SI the next 3 sts to right hand needle one at a time as if to knit, pass them back to left-hand needle one at a time in their new orientation, and knit them together through the back of their loops.

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