Warm Up Your Toes KAL: Using Contrasting Colors
So have you started your Dinar Slippers? If not, there is plenty of time left in this KAL; it doesn’t end until October 13.
I am finished with my soles. I actually got them finished on the first day of the KAL. That is a rare event for me. I finished them both because I knit them at the same time. If you are curious how to knit them two at one time, I talked about it in the previous KAL blog post, Thoughts Before You Begin.
I am currently working on the uppers of one slipper. I am able to get all my stitches onto a 16″ circular needle. I have three more stitches than the pattern numbers because my garter stitch row gauge was very slightly off from 38 rows in 4″. So I have to keep that in mind as I go forward and adjust all further numbers to account for those extra stitches.
Over on Ravelry in the thread for this KAL, some of us began chatting about colors. The discussion then began about using more than one color for the slippers. I proposed using a contrast color only for the Icord trim at the end. However, others thought a different colored sole would also be really cool. So a few people have tried that approach. We learned there are some things to take into consideration if you want to change colors for the uppers.
First if using a new color for the upper of the slipper, you will want pick up and knit the stitches around the sole in the new color.
Second, in the set up round instructions, they state to purl across the live stitches (of toe) that are still on the larger needle. If you do that with the new contrast color, you will get a line of purl bumps in the contrast color as seen below…
To solve this issue, simply knit those stitches rather than purl them. Then you will have the results as seen below…
Knitting your Dinar slippers with two colors is a great way to use those balls of yarn left over from other projects. Just remember to take the fact that the soles are knit using the yarn held double. So you need double the yardage.
On another note, it is all Andrea Rangel knitting at my house at the moment. Along with my Dinar for the KAL, I am one repeat away from finishing the Hanalei Poncho.
I think that the Hanalei Poncho would be beautiful in black to wear for special occasions. I am contemplating one, maybe I could incorporate some beads using my new beading knowledge.
Anyway, hope you are enjoying the Warm Up Your Toes KAL. If you want to more about it, other posts in this KAL are