First up, slippers from a different pattern! These are for my aunt. I thought she'd enjoy the same purple variegated yarn I used for my niece. (Actually, I started with my aunt's, but ran into difficulty on the braided cuff - more on that later - and then used the leftovers for my niece's second pair.) The pattern is the Knit-Look Braid Stitch Boots, from Bonita Patterns. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I thought that the Crocodile Boots pattern was very well written. I'm not quite as happy with this pattern - partly my issue, partly theirs. The sole is done in such a way that it feels very flimsy - in fact, the pattern even suggests making two soles per slipper and then stitching them together! (Yep, that's what I did.) The sole on the other slipper pattern feels much more sturdy. Then the instructions for the braid stitch cuff are very fiddly. I love how it looks, but I quickly realized that I was going to lose my mind trying to make it as directed. So instead, I adapted the cuff instructions and did it my way. I think it turned out pretty well.
I realized that I needed another portable hand project to keep myself occupied over Christmas, so I decided to make a pair of slippers for my grandma. I don't know her shoe size, so I had to email a cousin for a guess. Here's hoping that they fit!
And for my mom, I was looking for a more plain slipper pattern that looked really warm. This fit the bill. I was guessing at size here, too, but went larger so she can wear them over socks. This pattern was pretty mindless, once you got past the toe, and I enjoyed working it up on my lunch breaks - easy to talk and stitch!