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You'll LOVE Joe`s Toes! Whether you buy for yourself, to give as a gift or purchase ready made, our easy-to-make kits are fun to put together and a joy to wear. We have slipper kits to suit all ages, from our tiny newborn knit and crochet kits up to a men's size 12 (that's a U.S. size 14!).

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How to make our Crossover Knitted Slipper

Our Crossover is a great little pattern. It is so easy to knit in simple garter stitch which is also known as "plain knitting". The finished slippers are cosy, lightweight and very packable. 
The standard Crossover slipper kit uses our super chunky slipper yarns. The Crossover knit kit contains yarn, 2 pairs of felt soles, sewing needle and extra strong thread as well as printed instructions.
We also sell the soles, needles, thread and yarn separately so you can just buy what you need. 
For each pair of slippers you'll need two pairs of felt soles - one plain felt and one with latex on the bottom for a little bit of grip. 
We recommend a minimum of two layers, not only for comfort, but also to hide the joins when stitching between the two sole layers leaving the slipper smooth both inside and out. You can even add extra pairs of our soles to give more cushioning or more grip, for example you might like to add our super tough, waterproof Vibram rubber soles and our real suede leather soles.
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To get started make a note of the number of holes on your chosen size of sole. 
Your tension should be 13 stitches and 24 rows (12 ridges) for a 10cm (4") square. 
 
Using 5.5 mm needles (US size 9, UK and Canadian size 5) cast on 11 stitches for size 1-2, 12 stitches for sizes 3 to 7, 13 stitches for size 8-10  and 14 stitches for bigger sizes.
Knit twice as many rows as you have holes e.g. if the sole has 68 holes knit 136 rows. 
Cast off leaving a long tail (about a yard or metre) to start your stitching. Our kits include extra strong thread  instead of the yarn for the sewing. 
Using a blunt needle start stitching the LONG edge from one corner to the centre front of the slipper. There's a small notch to show the correct starting point. 
The key to even spacing is to stitch one rib of the garter stitch to each hole and work your way right round.
Make any joins on the underside of the sole so they will be hidden when you stitch on the outsole.
When you get back to the toe continue in the same direction stitching the short edge over you first stitches. 
Tuck the other short edge inside and stitch this to the knitted upper close to where it joins the sole.
Reverse the overlap for the other foot! 
The outsole is attached by stitching through both (or all if you're using more than two!) layers of soles. Here we are attaching it with back stitch, but you can use any stitch you would like e.g. blanket stitch always looks cosy. Use the space between the inner and outer sole to hide the joins in your thread or yarn.
  
 This will give you a neat finish both outside,  
and inside.
 
 Admire your new slippers!
 
 
 

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