I know a designer having a favorite pattern is like a mom having a favorite child. I know one shouldn’t. Yet I can’t help myself. I’ve been sooo excited to release this pattern out into the world - Masala. There are a number of reasons why, most of which revolve around versatility. It too is part of the latest release of Nourishing Knits.
The colorwork pattern is super flexible. While I went with bold color choices for the samples, one could easily go much more subtle and they would still make an impact. Try a monochrome (two values of the same or similar hues) or analogous (two neighboring colors on the colorwheel) color schemes. No matter your color choices, I do not think you could go wrong. I’m personally itching to do a red and white pair. I think they’ll have a bit of a Scandinavian flare to them. I’m also kind of wanting to do a monochrome pair of taupe tones which I think would have a nice elegance to them.
I love that they fold flat so nicely. It makes them easy to slip into luggage when traveling without the bulk of many commercial slipper options. Plus, the stranded colorwork makes them nearly twice as thick as non-colorwork knitting fabric so there is plenty of warmth. At the same time, they fit into many popular clogs (I forgot to get any pics of that) if you need to duck out for the newspaper or put the trash out on the curb.
Masala are also very forgiving in fit. The two samples pictured are almost exactly the same size and they are on a Womens US 7 narrow foot (the blue and gold) and a US 8.5 medium (the plum and gold). They also both fit my US 9.5 medium foot. This ease of fit makes them great gift knitting! If you have the shoe size of your recipient the pattern includes detailed info on determining the total slipper length and a table of shoe size to average foot length to help you.
Also included is a picture diagram and some suggestions on customizing the vamp length - the portion of the slipper knit in the round before you begin toe shaping. The 2″ vamp version (blue and gold) is a bit more secure on the foot and creates a more casual and classic look. The 1″ vamp version (plum and gold) is a bit more trendy. You can choose your own preferred vamp length to suit your tastes and help is included on how to do so.
I need to take a minute to gush about the yarn though. Both samples were knit from Quince & Co’s Chickadee, their sport weight wool yarn. This yarn is fabulous! A new favorite. If you haven’t worked with it, I highly recommend ordering two skeins to knit these slippers. It is a super squishy yarn, making it possible to really crank down the gauge for maximum life on the slippers. It is plied well so there is no splitting while knitting. It holds up to multiple froggings without showing signs of wear.
The magic occurs after washing though - the stitches evened out so beautifully and the fabric developed a lovely hand, even with a very sturdy gauge. Plus, no bleeding whatsoever! Even with colors that are often troublemakers like the blue and plum. Another plus for those of us in the US is that is 100% US made too! I will definitely be working with more Quince & Co in the future.
These are just a few color combos from Quince & Co that I’m considering. The possibilities are endless. The more I think about it, I think a monochrome pair using Leek and Marsh would be lovely too. Someone stop me! I need to finish the rest of the book first! But I think there may be Masala slippers all around for the 2011 Holidays. Once you get the hang of it, they are a really quick knit and there is no finishing other than weaving in ends!
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