Antonina Savel'evna Emelianova's Central Asian Slippers by Daniel Schultz (aka daninaa)

It takes me about 3 or 4 times to knit something before I get it the way I want. I am now into my third version of this slipper. So I think I might be getting close. The first time I followed the pattern as written. It looked complicated and scary. It had increases! And Short Rows! Anyway I did it and it came out perfectly. I was amazed. But after doing the first few rows of the pattern and understanding what I was doing I had the thought, “Oh, I could double knit this.” And so I did. I frogged slipper 1.0 because I needed the yarn. 2.0 came out very thick which is nice in a slipper. But a tad big. 2.0 was knit with Lion Brand Thick and Quick on size 10 straight needles. 3.0 is in worsted weight on size 8’s. This project is moving me forward as a knitter. Short rows and increases? Bring ‘em on! I’m grateful to Dan for taking the time to write out this pattern so carefully and so clearly. And grateful that he’s shared it with us so freely.

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ronhuber's picture

Tom, they are great. You are a whiz - changing patterns as you go. Good for you.

purlyman's picture

Cool!! I want to try these. Do you felt them or is that it? I have some think Lopi yarn that I got in Iceland left over from a sweater that I might be able to use. Where did you get the pattern? Hats off to you for sticking with the project and trying new things and editing, etc!!


Tom Hart's picture

Frank, check out daninaa's post on Central Asian Slippers from the 12th of July of 2010. I got the pattern by sending a PM to Dan. I found it to be a very satisfying project.

"Попытка не пытка. Молодец!" (If at first you don't suceed, try again. Good job!) is what AS would have said. The original is in garter stitch. Since my previous posting, I've modified the original so that the leg opening isn't so large and floppy, but I haven't posted the change yet. Could you tell me how you needed to change the pattern I posted, so I could post my modification and have it be more understandable? Thanks, Dan

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Dan. I haven't changed anything. Except for the fact that I'm double knitting it instead of using garter stitch. As far as I'm concerned the pattern is perfect the way it's written. I've already stopped with my third version and will be starting my fourth version today. I'm going back to "thick and quick" yarn because I prefer a thick slipper. (Double knitting with "thick and quick" produces a fabric that is 3/4 of an inch thick!) For this next version I'm going to add 2 more ridges (per your instructions for increasing the size) to make it a little longer. If you've written up the modification on the leg opening, I'd really like to see that especially since I'm going to make the slipper longer which I'm guessing will make the leg opening even bigger. Thanks again, Dan, for writing up this pattern and sharing it with us. It's a completely unique and unusual slipper that even a knitting novice like myself can make. Thanks!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I was reminded just what pattern these were when I opened up the photos. I keep being tempted by them but am trying to maintain my boycott of slipper knitting. Nothing personal, I'm just so burnt out on them. [Slippers, that is.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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