Barn Abby, hand knitting, Indiana, knitting classes, knitting retreat, New Harmony Slippers, slippers
Don’t you stay at home of evenings?
Don’t you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside,
with your slippers on your feet?
[Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.]
Last weekend was the annual knitting retreat at the Barn Abby in historic New Harmony, Indiana. I love that little town, its shops, cafes, historic sites, botanical displays…
The New Harmony Slippers is the project I developed for part of this year’s program. The knitters who attend have been to countless classes so I had trouble thinking of something that wouldn’t be a repeat. I finally designed these slippers merely for their interesting construction. They have no sewn seams, but are not knit in the round in a way that socks are customarily knit. They are also a fairly brief project so those who were interested could finish at least one in the time we had together.
These slippers can also be worn in shoes like commercial footies or socks. The size is easily adjustable and the slipper toe can be knit in a decorative pattern. Plasti Dip or another synthetic laytex can be used to treat the soles if you intend these to be used as slippers instead of footies.
- Knit back and forth on two needles
- No sewn seams—3-needle bindoff at heel
- k2tog and ssk decreases
- lifted stitch increase
- slipped edge stitch
- k2tog join at toe
- 3-stitch attached icord
Two US #2 (2.75 mm) needles (or size that gives gauge), yarn needle with eye, scissors
Gauge & Measurement
19 rows/2″ (5 cm) and 14 sts/2″ (5 cm)
The pattern is offered for $2.50 on ravelry.com at this link
New Harmony: Barn Abby
Jonnie Watkins said:
Do they still have the retreats for knitting?
The next retreat in New Harmony is the first weekend in October, 2019.
Good to hear from you, Katherine
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I linked my slippers with your pattern on Ravelry!
Thanks. I’ll go take a look.
Victoria Kline said:
Love this pattern and will buy ASAP! Remember me from Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp in the distant 1990’s?
Yes. I remember you well and all of the lovely knitting you showed us. Thanks for buying a pattern. Do let me know if you have any problems with it.
Let us know when you post it to Ravelry and we will link our slipper projects to it from our project pages. I also only have a few rows to finish the 2nd slipper. I love them.
I have it posted to Ravelry but I can’t figure out how to fix the fact that it says it is published by me rather than A Time to Knit Publications, LLC. I also can’t seem to find a place to email to get that corrected.
I have just part of my second footie completed. Hopefully I will have it done this weekend. It’s a great pattern. I love the construction. No sewing. I will send a picture to the NH Knitters when I get the second one done.
Thanks for your comment. I will love to see the photo of your slipper.