Babouches, the whole story

Filed under: chezPlum Patterns,Crochet — June 5, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

I had the idea for those Babouches sometime this winter. I like to visualize the different granny shapes (triangle, pentagon or square) and imagine how it could translate into a part of the body/hand/foot ect… to turn into a garment or accessory.

A triangle reminded me of the toe end of a foot. Thus the idea for those babouches was born.
I first tried this idea with some Lamb’s pride bulky. Pretty colors, but ahem… Ugly result ! The slipper was huge and I really wasn’t satisfied at all with the construction. The process just didn’t flow, somehow it wasn’t right. Back it went into the bag of Lamb’s pride Bulky.
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Then about a month ago, inspiration hit again, and I had to try right away with some Cascade 220 wool. My first try (brown and teal) was much more satisfying, altough not perfect yet, especially towards the heel. So I went down a couple sizes for the hook, changed around the numbers for the heel section, and added heel shaping.
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The red and green sample turned out soooo nice I’m still amazed at how it all worked out! :-D They just just perfectly, like they’d follow the natural curves of the foot which is very confortable.
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The pattern is now written down and in the final stages of testing. I “had” to crochet another pair to photograph all the steps and add pics to the pattern. Despite the cheap acrylic yarn, I like them nearly as much as the first pair… :-) And I’m halfway through a third pair, for one of the girls (they seem a bit tight for Plume)

I’m hoping to release the pattern by monday. Of course it will be included in the “Round the granny square” Ebook too. :-P

1 Comment »

  1. Nic:

    Just love these. So stylish, chic and 15th Century all at the same time.

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