Sunday, January 30, 2011

Crocs (TM) made more comfortable - Knitted liners

Do you agree with this cat?

Crocs even the cat knows
(From )

If that is the case, this pattern is probably not for you :)

On one of my knitting groups, there was a request for knitted plastic clog liners. The requestor found this lovely lady's crochet liners:

I asked her for permission to make knitted liners, she graciously said yes and told me she would link to my knitted version. She is simply wonderful, so if you crochet, check out her patterns.

My first version was for a toddler size 5:
Pink Toddler size 5 krock socks front and side

I experimented with cuff treatments on this toddler size 8/9:
Clog liners toddler size 8   9  sugar n cream front
Clog liners toddler size 8   9  sugar n cream three quarters
Clog liners toddler size 8   9  sugar n cream back

I wanted the sole to lie as flat, then build up the sides, create a shaped over the arch top of the foot to conform to the opening of the plastic clogs and finally, have a cuff that would stay in place. The cuff also had to be longer in the front than in the back.

These worked well. The heavier weight of the Lily Sugar N Cream yarn helped to hold the liner in place. I then made an adult version in double stranded Hobby Lobby "I love this cotton":
Clog liners adult size 8 pink lliner, yellow clog  standing on toes view
Clog liners adult size 8 pink lliner, yellow clog  side view
Clog liners adult size 8 pink lliner, yellow clog  back view

I found that if you want a thick liner, you need to go up one or two sizes for the clog. These clogs fit my size 8.5 wide foot and DD's size 10 narrow foot.

I am working on an ebook with sizes from baby to adult, different yarn weight and lots of cuff treatments. For now, the adult size version (size 8 to 10) is available for $1 at

There is also a free version for Mamouth Crocs in Womens size 8:

Take care and keep your yarn dry.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lucky Rabbit Bunny Slippers

Just in time for the Year of the Rabbit:

Knitted Lucky Rabbit Bunny Slippers (inspired by several sources).

Pink bunny with button eyes slippers adult size on Natalie  finished on 011711

Pink bunny with button eyes slippers adult size one on top of the other to show sides  finished on 011711

The movie, “A Christmas Story”:

Ralphie A Christmas Story Bunny PJswith Ralphie's demented bunny footie P.J.'s with attached bunny slippers

the cover of Good Grief by Lolly Winston

Good Grief bunny slippers

and my life long search for bunny slippers that were machine washable, had ears that stood up without the aid of wires, plastic or other breakable things. I wanted them to stand up on their own, ready at all times to be slipped on.

The search is over. These slippers are garter stitch edged with knit on I cord, knit modularly, starting with the bunny head motif for the front. Then, working in one piece, picking up and working the toe end of the sole and sides from the bunny head motif. I cord with elastic cord is worked behind the head and continues along the top edge of the sides. Elastic cord inside the I cord edging keeps the slippers securely on your foot. The sole and sides are worked with decrease for the narrowing of the foot and increases for the slope of the side. Finally, shaping decreases for the heel and a 3 stitch crochet bind off are worked for the center back of the heel.

The models shown are knit in the cast iron of all yarn, Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight (RHSSWW) Yarn, substitute at will. I chose RHSSWW because as I have given handknits over the years to my loved ones, they machine wash. Now they all get RHSSWW and I keep the fancy fibers for myself. The gauge is meant to be firm and tight so that the slippers will be durable and hold their shape. Consider Red Heart Worsted Weight if substituting another yarn. Some yarns that are marked at worsted weight may not provide the gauge required, so take a snip of Red Heart with you when shopping for this project for comparison .

Lucky Rabbit Baby Booties:

blue bunny booties

Lucky Rabbit Baby Booties with knit on googly eyes in "Screaming Pink" from

screaming pink bootie with knit on eyes

Adult size with knit on googly eyes

Googly eyed bunny slipper head close up

Row of Lucky Rabbit Baby Booties with (L to R) Suncatcher eyes, embroidered eyes and knit on eyes

screaming pink and blue bunny booties

The pattern, including the Lucky Rabbit Baby Booties, is available on Ravelry, and

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My newest published pattern is a year old.

I originally came up with "A Tale of Two Headbands" for the Phat Fiber Sample Box in January 2010. Since then, I've come up with other designs and vastly improved my photography skills.

I made headbands with this pattern recently for 2 nieces who have birthdays around Christmas. People with birthdays around that time seem to get a combo gift. I try to remember their birthdays and send them something on the day.

Here are the Two Sisters Two Birthdays Two Headbands;

Two sisters two birthdays two headbands

This is the original, made with Malabrigo Chunky, purchased from WC Mercantile in Navasota, TX:


And these are the narrow headbands of a mesh/lace:

Grey lace unblocked with malabrigo lace

A close up of the grey when blocked:

Grey lace showing close up of lace detail when blocked

And the two headbands from one skein of Malabrigo Chunky that inspired the pattern:

Malabrigo 2 head bands garter st i cord and one row lace

Many thanks to my fiber partners:
Light Brown Hare –, "Down the Shore 1" (pastel blue, yellow and white model) - Jackalope, sock superwash merino/nylon, I Navajo plied the yarn to make it the right weight
Boho Knitter Chic – "Nemo" (orange, grey and white model) - Fiber Content: bamboo, mohair, Falkland, alpaca, superwash wool, Angelina – fibers from Silver Sun Alpaca
WC Mercantile – Malabrigo Chunky The best little wool shop in Texas
Grey model knit of Paton Classic Wool

You can find this pattern on, search under "Gari Lynn" or