In the June 2023 issue of Crochet World, we have a super simple to stitch pair of slippers by designer Debra Arch. Now while the stitching is pretty straight forward and definitely beginner friendly, the assembly may be a bit more confusing. So I have thrown together here a bit of a how-to that will, hopefully, make things easier!
First step, though is to go purchase your copy of the issue here! I am not giving you all the instructions. I am just helping you get some visuals. For my sample I worked up the slipper using worsted weight yarn.
You start by creating some toe shaping on one end of a rectangle…
You will then repeat the shaping on the other end of the rectangle. This creates the top/sides of the slipper and you get this rectangle with curved edges.
From there you are going to work the sole of the slipper off the side of the rectangle. To do this you will count so many stitches from one side of the rectangle and then start working your stitches. I marked the starting point with a stitch marker. You can also mark the corner of the last stitch with a stitch marker as well.
And then work the stitches as directed from the marker. I worked the sole in a different color so that it stands out from the top/side piece. If you have never stitched directly off of another piece, it’s not to bad. Go into the ends of the rows just like you would the top of a stitch. If it’s too intimidating you could just chain the number of stitches you need and work it as a separate piece and whipstitch it on.
Once you are done with the sole you will have a piece shaped like below. Now I marked all of the parts with stitch markers to make matching things easier. The instructions in the pattern and diagram in the pattern will also help you.
Start by bringing the red marker down to the blue marker. This aligns the two light purple markers. Use the markers to now connect the top/side to the sole.
Use the markers like you would pins to hold things together as you work.
Next you are going to bring the yellow marker down to the blue marker.
You will have 3 layers at the toe.
This will also align the dark purple markers. Now use the markers to connect this side of the top/side to the sole as well and you are ready to start crocheting through the pieces.
Insert your hook right at the juncture of the pieces and slip stitch to join the yarn.
Again I am using a different color so that you can see where the stitching goes. You are going to work through both thicknesses of the fabric and crochet the seam stitching as directed. (Again go get the pattern for the details!!)
When you get to the tip of the slipper you will be working through 3 thicknesses of yarn.
But you are still crocheting the seam in the same manner; just working through more layers.
When you get to the end of the toe, you will rotate and work up the other side.
Once complete, your slipper will look a bit like this. This is the wrong side.
Turn it right side out and then you will work around the top edge to give it a more finished look.
You will reverse the order you layer the pieces for the second slippers. As in the yellow marker will meet the blue first and then the red marker will come down to layer on top of the toe, thus reversing the overlap. Then follow the steps above again to finish the rest of your pair.
Hopefully these visuals have helped you make a fun, beginner friendly pair of slippers. Need yarn to make some? Head on over here!
—Britt Schmiesing, editor