Warm Up Your Toes in Our Dinar Slipper KAL
On November 12, 2013 post edited to add:
The other posts in the Warm Up Your Toes KAL series are:
Complete Ravelry Thread found here, Warm Up Your Toes KAL 2013.
It is time for another KAL, don’t you think? After some thinking and talking, we choose Andrea Rangel’s Dinar Slippers.
Starting slippers in September seems appropriate. You might live somewhere where you already need slippers in the morning or you will soon. Christmas is coming and slippers are perfect and always well received gifts in my experience.
Jennifer (known on Ravelry as twincomet) is helping lead this KAL. Jennifer is another Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe / Polkadotsheep employee and a fabulous knitter. She has already knit one pair of Dinar Slippers as a shoppe model so she is very familiar with the pattern. Another interesting fact about Jennifer is that she came to us by way of the first KAL of this year, the Northman Mittens. She joined the KAL and started shopping at the Knit ‘n Needle when she moved to Whitefish. It grew from there. So I am really excited to have her as a fellow leader on this KAL.
The Dinar slippers are seamless with a shaped instep. They have lovely cable details on the top of the toe and the back of the heel. The top edge is an applied I-cord. Applied I-cord is a really cool technique to have in your bag of tricks. The soles are made extra cushy by holding the yarn doubled and using garter stitch. Being seamless means that the Dinar slippers are partially knit in the round using your favorite method for small circumference knitting.
The Dinar Slippers are knit in a DK weight yarn. When we talked to Andrea about what yarn Polkadotsheep stocked that was closest to what she used in the original design, she said Sweet Georgia DK. Not only is it a very similar yarn in how it is constructed, it will give a similar effect in color when knit up as both the original design yarn and Sweet Georgia DK are hand dyed yarns.
However, I am going to be knitting my Dinar Slippers in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. While Ultra Alpaca is listed as a “worsted” weight yarn, it is very much on the light weight end of worsted. Achieving 5 stitches per inch as a gauge is not difficult or uncomfortable to knit. I am going to be giving the slippers I knit to my mother for Christmas and she is a huge fan of Ultra Alpaca. Plus she is frequently cold so the extra warmth of alpaca is a big plus. With 37 colors of Ultra Alpaca in stock, I am sure you can find a color that would suit any pair of slippers for anyone.
Jennifer thinks that Malabrigo Rastita would make lovely slippers. Rastita is Rasta, Malabrigo’s super bulky yarn, little sister. It is a single ply yarn, but it is also slightly felted. That lends more durable to the yarn from the start. We only have a few colors of Rastita at the moment, but if you are a Malabrigo lover and want to try one of their newer yarns, this is a great place to do that. Who could resist the wooly goodness that is Malabrigo for their feet?
Here are the KAL and pattern details you will need to get started with us.
KAL Start Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
KAL End Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Pattern: Dinar Slippers designed by Andrea Rangel
Sizes: small, medium and large (pictured in medium)
Yardage Requirements: small – 195 yd / 180 m, medium – 205 yd / 190 m, large – 230 yd / 210 m
Needles (suggested sizes, please use whatever size gives you the stated gauge):
- US 5 / 3.72mm – for the sole which is knit flat
- US 4 / 3.5mm – for uppers of slippers, using your preferred small circumference circular knitting (double pointed needles, long circular for magic loop or 2 circulars)
- For the applied I cord you will need 2 US 4 double pointed needles.
We will have our usual Ravelry KAL thread for you to chat in and ask questions and share your project, Warm Up Your Toes 2013. You can also ask questions in the comments section of the blog posts.
We are really looking forward to this KAL and using Andrea’s pattern. Hope you can join us and warm up your or someone else toes this fall.