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Winter Ballerina by DROPS Design

Felted DROPS slippers with crochet flower in 2 strands ”Nepal”.

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DROPS 150-24

DROPS design: Pattern no ne-129
Yarn group C and C
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SIZES:
child-child-child- woman-woman-woman
US 9/10½-11/12½- 13½- 5/6½-7½/9-10/12
EU 26/28-29/31-32/34- 35/37-38/40-42/44
Foot length: 17-18-20-22-24-27 cm / 6 ¾”-7”-8”-8¾”-9½”-10½”

Materials:
DROPS NEPAL from Garnstudio
50-50-50-100-100-100 g colour no 0517, medium grey
50-50-50-100-100-100 g colour no 0100, off white

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES size 6 mm / US 10 - or size needed to get 13 sts x 17 rows in stockinette st with 2 strands = 10 x 10 cm / 4’’ x 4’’.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 5 mm / H/8 - for flower.

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NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in inches. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K 2 rows.

INCREASE TIP:
Inc from RS with 1 YO. On next row P YO twisted, i.e. work in back loop of st instead of front, to avoid holes.
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SLIPPER:
Work back and forth on the needle from the toe towards the heel. The slipper is sewn tog mid on top of foot when finished.
Cast on 6-6-9-10-11-14 sts on needle size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand off white and 1 strand medium gray = 2 strands (let the yarn end be approx. 50 cm / 20’’ for sewing the slipper tog when finished). Insert 1 marker in the 2nd-2nd-3rd-3rd-3rd-4th st and 1 marker in the 5th-5th-7th-8th-9th-11th st. Then work in stockinette st (1st row = WS). On next row (= RS), inc 1 st on each side of the 2 markers (= 4 sts inc) - READ INCREASE TIP! Repeat inc on every row from RS 2-2-2-3-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-4-4-4 times in total) = 18-18-21-26-27-30 sts. REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE!
Continue to work until piece measures 9-9-10-11-12-13 cm / 3½”-3½”-4”-4½”-4¾”-5”. At beg of the next 2 rows, bind off 2-2-3-4-4-4 sts = 14-14-15-18-19-22 sts. Continue in stockinette st with 3-3-3-3-3-4 sts in garter st in each side. Continue in garter st and stockinette st until piece measures 21-22-25-27-30-33 cm / 8¼”-8¾”-9¾”-10½”-11¾”-13”. Bind off.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew yarn through each of the outermost sts at the front and tighten tog. Sew seam mid on top of foot inside ½ st to where ridges beg. Fold the slipper double WS against WS and sew tog mid back edge to edge to avoid a chunky seam.
With 2 strands in off white sew cross stitches over the edge around the opening on slipper. Cross stitches should go over 2 ridges in width and 2 sts vertically.

CROCHET FLOWER:
Worked in the round, i.e. work as follows:
Ch 5 on hook size 5 mm / H/8 with 1 strand gray and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
ROUND 1: ch 2 (= 1 hdc), work 13 hdc in ch-ring and finish with 1 sl st in 2nd ch from beg of round = 14 hdc.
ROUND 2: ch 1, * ch 3, skip 1 hdc, 1 sl st in next hdc *, repeat from *-* 6 more times (= 7 times in total) – NOTE: Switch to off white and work the last sl st on round in first ch from beg of round = 7 ch-spaces.
ROUND 3: 1 ch, in every ch-space work: 1 sc, ch 2, 3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr and ch 4. Finish with 1 sl st in first ch from beg of round = 7 leaves. Fasten off.

FELTING:
Place the slippers and the flowers in the washing machine with a detergent without enzymes and optical bleach. Wash warm at 104F with normal spin but no pre-wash. Put on the slipper and shape it to the correct size while it is still wet. Sew flowers on to slippers. At subsequent wash, wash the slippers at regular wool program.

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