Seeing as the big day is now over for another year it's safe to share a couple of the Christmas gifts I made. I originally decided to focus on making decorations rather than gifts for Christmas this year, but forgot all about that promise when I saw this knitted slipper pattern in on ravelry. I knew my Mum would just love the style and giant pom-pom, plus I already had the perfect yarn in my stash so I couldn't resist!
They were really easy to knit and would make a great pattern for beginners as the only stitches used are knit, increase and knit two together. The sizing on the pattern is also really accurate, which is always a bonus, my Mum is a UK size 5 and they're a good fit - not too loose, not to tight. You knit them in one flat piece with a triangle section for the heel and as you cast off, you gather the remaining front stitches to create the toe. Then you simply sew the heel together and add a nice fluffy pom-pom for the finishing touch. I used the largest of my trusty pom-pom makers, although you could by a faux fur pom-pom as they have done in the pattern.
The yarn used is Chunky Special by Stylecraft in burgundy and as you knit with the yarn held double, they are super warm and will hopefully last that bit longer too. The burgundy colour has a lovely warming feel to it perfect for cold winter evenings. I'm quite tempted to make a pair for myself now. And it’s an excuse to make more pom-poms!
Of course once I'd made something for my Mum, I figured I'd also make something for my Dad... catch that in next week's post.
p.s. I never really got round to making many Christmas decorations. Oops.