Friday, March 23, 2012

My Lucky Leprechaun (Slipper) Socks

I worked furiously on these leprechaun socks so that I could have them finished by St. Patrick's day. Isn't it crazy how all of a sudden you get an idea to make something at the last minute! I had completed the cuffs in the green tweed without really thinking about it being close to St Patrick's Day, suddenly on Friday the idea to make them into leprechaun socks clicked in and I was knit-knit-knitting to complete them before the end of Saturday.  I'm pleased with how they turned out, however they are too long, which is strange since it's my usual worsted weight sock formula. I wonder if it could be the yarn I used for the foot? While I like Cascade 220 (regular)wool, I am not crazy about the 220 superwash. It's a bit thin, almost like it's been stretched and doesn't have a lot of body. Why did I use it then? Well quite some time ago I had bought a bunch of it in all different colors for a class I was taking. I ended up buying different yarn and little by little I have been using up the superwash. It's a good carry along as a second yarn for color blending. But in this instance, it was really a case of it being the perfect color. I really do wish it were the regular wool, then I could full these down some in size. I think even the superwash could be manipulated a bit and might tighten up with a vigorous wash, but the cuff is knit with a wool/angora tweed, accented with my handspun and I know that would felt quite quickly. On the up side, this was the perfect color of bright green for my leprechaun slipper socks and I will simply pick open the toe and pull out a few rows and re-do the toe decreases. Or maybe I should unravel them back to the cuff and switch to a smaller needle and re-knit the entire foot? Fortunately I have some time to think about it since we have been having such delightful weather, no slippers are called for! 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and get in lots of creative time! I don't know about you but my head is swimming with so many ideas, I just don't know where to start! Must be spring fever!

Blessings Friends!


  1. I was excited to see these posted on Ravelry. I love the cuff and the green. You are right, it is the perfect color. I can totally see a leprechaun wearing these.

  2. Well, I don't know anything about fixing them...They look so pretty just the way they are. The color is perfect! I'm sure you will figure it out, though because you are that kind of smart!

  3. I love the Leprechaun Slipper socks.
    Here is an idea you might consider.
    Knit just the foot part in the same yarn the size you want insert them in the socks and sew in place. Now you will have thicker socks and they will fit good too.

    1. That's a great idea Jan, I will have to give this some thought!

  4. Your slipper socks are adorable, Melissa!
    (I'm sure you'll sort them out in no time.)
    Yes...this weather has been glorious lately, hasn't it?!?!

  5. If you don't like the superwash yarn and don't mind ripping out the foot anyway, I'd reknit it in a different yarn. Whatever you decide, these are very pretty socks!

    1. I think I may just do that Vivian, it will give me an excuse to go shopping for yarn! Or maybe I'll spin some...


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