Megamind’s Bat Slippers

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Megamind has the coolest bat slippers ever.  So of course I had to recreate them!

Materials
– Red Heart Super Saver in Black and Red
– H Hook

Gauge
– The first four rounds of the main slipper should be about 3.25 inches across

Notes
– There is only one size for this pattern: adult woman’s about an 8 or 9 shoe size. However, the basic slipper is really easy to adapt.
– I prefer the “wrongside” of hdc, the side away from you as you work it in the round, as the outside of the slipper. The only time this actually matters is when doing the heel and I have notes for this part.

Basic Slipper Pattern (make two)
– With black, chain 4 and join into a ring
Round 1: Ch 1 (does NOT count as a stitch throughout), 10 hdc in ring, join to top of 1st hdc (10)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join (20)
Round 3: Ch 1, (hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around, join (30)
Round 4: Ch 1, (hdc next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around, join (40)

– Work 16 rounds of hdc, joining at the end of each round, or until you have reached where you want to put the heel
– Chain 20, Skip 20 and slst in the next (21st) stitch. This becomes the new start of round.
– Ch 1, hdc in each hdc and ch around, join (40) Note: Be careful of the slst marking the old start of round. To avoid a gap, you may wish to hdc it together with the first chain
– Ch 1, hdc around, join
– Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each hdc around, join to top of chain 3
– Ch 1, fpsc around chain 3 at start of previous round, ch 1 (counts as starting fpdc), (bpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc) around, ending with a bpdc. Join to top of “starting fpdc” and FO

Note: Regardless of which side you prefer out, make sure the “front” side of the hdc is facing outward. If you prefer the backside to be facing out you will probably need to turn the slipper inside out.

– Join black to the opening for the heel.
– Ch 1, hdc 40 sts around opening, join (40)
– Ch 1, (hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog) around, join (30)
– Ch 1, hdc in ea st around, join
– Ch 1, (hdc in next st, hdc2tog) around, join (20)
– Ch 1, hdc2tog around, join (10)
– FO and sew the gap closed in a line across the heel

Bat Wings (make 4)
Note that you are to turn at the end of each row
– With black, chain 6
– Working along the backside of the chain, sc 5 (5)
– Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog (5)
– Ch 3, 2 sc along chain, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st (8)
– Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, ignore rest of row (5)
– Ch 3, 2 sc along chain, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts (6)
– FO

Sew to sides of slippers

Eyes (make 4)
– With red, chain 9
– Working along the backside of the chain: slst 2, sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc
– FO and tie end tail to start tail to make edge a little pointier

Sew to front of slippers

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Story behind fingerless mitts

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This was originally posted at the original blog, which has come back up long enough for me to save this!

Have you ever knit something, and not seen it until it was complete? No, I’m not talking about a knitting machine with a sheet over it. I’m talking about knitting blindfolded.

I guess it doesn’t have to be a blindfold. You could probably do it under a blanket or just with your eyes closed. But the temptation to peek is quite overwhelming. Because I wanted to take no chances, I had my sister blindfold me.

I haven’t the slightest idea why I wanted to be surprised, but I did. And I was.

The only thing I knew was that I’d be knitting on size 8 needles and that I was aiming to pull out yarns that felt like worsted weight.

I knew that I wanted to knit something that could be done in one sitting, so I went with a K2P2 ribbed rectangle that I could later sew up into a really basic fingerless mitt. Sizing while blindfolded is a pain in the rump, but since I knew my gauge with the needles well and had a hat nearby that I’d knit to the same gauge, I was able to estimate things.

For two whole hours I knit blindfolded. I don’t know why it took two hours to knit what turned out to be 30 rows on 28 stitches, but it did. After a while you stop noticing the fact that there’s nothing to look at. Or at least that’s how it worked for me.

When I finally felt it was long enough, I then had to bind off in pattern. Binding off can be tricky even when you can see what you are doing. Blindfolded? Let’s just say it takes a while and some definite concentration.

I then finished off, chucked all the skeins on the floor and tucked the finished knitting under my blanket.

Ever notice the world seems a little bland after having your eyes shut for a while? Maybe not for you, but it always has for me. I guess the world through touch is more “colorful” than through sight.

Anyways, I removed my blindfold, put my glasses back on, and pulled out my knitting. Astonishingly, the colors didn’t suck together! In fact, I think they’re pretty darn nice. Though they’re nothing I’d have chosen if my eyes had been open.

A little bit of stitching, a few ends woven end, and voila!

https://i1.wp.com/img.photobucket.com/albums/v401/butterfly_girl_22/th_S6300720.jpg

After wearing one around for a while, I knew I needed a second or else I’d look silly. So I knitted it’s match. This time with eyes open of course, so they’d match. Didn’t feel like it took as long, but I did knit it while watching baseball so there you go.

And that’s it! The story of how I knit something before I ever even saw it. :D

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Intrigued? Want to try it? Well grab yourself something to act as a blindfold, your favorite knitting needles (or crochet hook), your stash, and maybe a friend to blindfold you and keep you company. This works best with a disorganized stash as you don’t want to know what colors you are picking. Remember to pick something to knit that won’t take very long and that you can do with no or little problem. And pick something simple. I wouldn’t suggest cabling or anything with much shaping.