I know, it may seem early for the annual What to Knit series, but I think that really depends on two facts: 1. How long is your list? 2. How quickly do you knit?
If you're like me, it's almost impossible to start too early, mostly because there are sooooo many things I want to make for people! Like most years, we'll focus on charming accessories, and we're starting with slippers. A note: you can add soles to any of these patterns inexpensively. Soles, and heel and toe pads are available at the LYS, craft store, and many online knitting suppliers.
|Mother's Day Cotton Slippers
The Elf Slippers above are from Caron International, and the pattern is free. The yarn listed is Caron Soft Chunky, but you can make them in any chunky yarn. They're cozy, and adorable!
The slippers at right are called Mother's Day Cotton Slippers, though obviously they can be made at any time. The yarn suggested is Mission Falls 1824, which sadly is no longer available. Fear not! Try your favorite eco-friendly cotton, or recycled yarn in worsted weight, and they'll be beautiful.
A returning favorite, Felted Footies, is such a popular pattern that I've made it two years in a row. It's a great way to use up all your worsted weight ball ends, making the beautiful striped effect. I've made them for the LYS, for myself, and mostly finished a pair for the DH. They work well for men or women, and they are extremely warm!
Indeed, my colorwork loving friends, I haven't forgotten you. These Elaborate Norwegian Star Slippers, published in Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks, are a colorwork lover's delight, and they are stunning. You'll have to buy the book or hit the library to get the pattern, but if you're hooked on socks or slippers, you'll be thrilled to flip the pages and find new favorites.