What could be more fun than pom poms? Think about it–they exist to delight us, to embellish and enliven functional items. These cozy ankle-height slipper-socks are festooned with a plethora of poms to add joy to your day every time you look down. If you aren’t addicted to making pom poms, you will be after this!
Pom-magic even works on other species. Beware if you are a cat owner– this could get messy.
Sizes: Women’s S (M, L, XL). US shoe sizes 5/6 (7/8, 9/10, 11/12). Finished measurements, when stretched slightly on foot: 8.6 (9.4, 10, 10.6) inches length, 3.5 (3.5, 4, 4) inches width at ball of foot. Slipper is designed to fit snugly. If you are between sizes, go for the smaller size to ensure fit.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, 80% acrylic 20% wool: 106 yards / 97 meters, 170g / 6 oz; Fisherman 1 (1, 2, 2) balls.
Lion Brand Amazing, 53% wool, 47% acrylic: 147 yards / 134 meters, 50 g / 1.76 oz; Regatta 1 ball.
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky, 136 yards/100 gms: 100% Premium Acrylic; Solstice Heather 1 (1, 2, 2) balls.
Knit Picks Chroma Worsted, 198 yards/100 gms: 70% Wool, 30% Nylon; Impressionist, 1 ball.
Needles: US size 10 6mm circular needles (at least 20″ length), US size 11 8mm circular needles (any length).
Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 ring markers, sharp scissors, pom pom maker (either store-bought or home-made).
Gauge: 9 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch with yarn held double on larger needles (slightly stretched), 12 sts and 18 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with yarn held single on smaller needles (slightly stretched).
Notes: The sole is worked in garter stitch on larger needles with two strands of yarn held together. Stitches are then picked up around the outside of the sole with smaller needles and a single strand of yarn to knit the back and sides of the slipper, then the toe/top of foot section is worked last.
Making these slippers is much easier with two skeins because you use two strands for the soles, so even if you only need one skein for your size, consider getting two just to make it easier on yourself!
If you aren’t sure which size to make, measure your foot and refer to the measurements above or in the schematic at the end of this pattern. Stand on a piece of paper with a sock on. Hold pen vertically and trace closely around your foot. With a ruler, measure length from toe to heel, and width at widest point. If you fall between sizes, round down. The slipper will stretch!
The Designer: I love designing knit and crochet patterns, and have recently taken it on full time. I am inspired by the natural world, art, fashion, and my overactive imagination. Sometimes an idea just won’t let me be until it finds a way into a pattern– as was the case with these slippers. I want to cover the world in pom poms! For questions about this pattern please contact Leah Coccari-Swift at Leah.email@example.com.