Hello! So in the last week I’ve shared a travel post and a marketing post… so it’s well and truly time to get back to something crafty! So today I’m sharing with you a recent make – Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers (the pattern is from Mollie Makes).
Confession time: I love foxes. I don’t know what it is about them, something about them being the underdog and disliked by many, but I think they’re beautiful. There seems to be a lot of fox paraphernalia around these days, which I generally don’t like (remember when it was owls?!), but I couldn’t resist Sincerely Louise‘s fox slippers pattern when it popped up in Mollie Makes issue 61 just before Christmas.
Before I get started, if you haven’t heard of Sincerely Louise’s before, she has a book called Faux Taxidermy Knits available which contains… well, exactly as the title suggests. The knits look like a lot of fun to make and I love Louise’s style.
Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers
Here are a few work in progress pics from my Instagram feed –
- Mollie Makes issue 61
- 2.5mm knitting needles
- 3mm (US 3) knitting needles
- Bergere De France Ideal (50g) in Vitamine (24109) x2
- Bergere De France Ideal (50g) in Meije (51253)
- Bergere De France Ideal (50g) in Truffe (22002)
- Embroidery bobbin (optional)
- Yarn needle
While the pattern suggested you could carry the yarn when a shade isn’t in use, I was concerned I’d catch my feet in them over time so bravely decided to give intarsia a go. I’ve tried it maybe twice before and was pretty nervous but after watching a couple of YouTube videos and just getting on with it, I was pleased with the end result. It’s in no way perfect and I could definitely improve, but it wasn’t a disaster.
I should also mention that reading the instructions is so important; I bought the yarn and was about to start and then realised the pattern was for size 6, when I’m size 4.5/5. Oops. The pattern even gives you alternative yarn ideas for smaller sizes but silly me it was a bit late for that, so I opted to go for 2.5mm and 3mm knitting needles – swapping 3.5mm for 3mm. A little risky but thankfully they fit me perfectly.
When I made the first slipper I found I spent a lot of time detangling threads of yarn compared to just knitting. I was working with a total of five threads of yarn (2 cream and 3 in orange), so it was kind of the inevitable but really put me off starting the second slipper. After a bit of a google and asking on Instagram I found knitters often use embroidery bobbins and boy what a difference it made! There was still a little bit of tangling, but nothing compared to the first time around. Definitely a top tip; someone also suggested used a peg, which could work in the same way.
In terms of the yarn I used, I’d never heard of Bergere De France before and found it soft and easy to work with. It reminded me of the MillaMia soft aran I recently worked with, though the two are blended very differently.
So that’s it. Aren’t they cute? I haven’t stopped wearing them!
Oh and if you love foxes as much as I do, be sure to let me know and also check out my fox themed Pinterest board.
What’ve you been making recently? A big thanks to Mollie Makes and Sincerely Louise for this slipper pattern!