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Pretty garters can be crocheted to be worn on special occasions such as proms and for brides on their wedding day ("something new"). They also make great bridal shower gifts.

Materials needed are about 125 yards of bedspread weight cotton and a steel crochet hook size 6 or size needed for gauge of 9 dc and 4 rows = 1 inch; also 1 1/4 yards of 1/4 inch ribbon. You can also run a piece of elastic under the ribbon and stitch securely. These garters are usually made in white crochet cotton but can be made in colors (something blue).

Start by chaining 13 loosely. Row 1: (right side): Dc in 4th chain from hook and in next 2 chs, ch 3, skip next 3 chs, dc in last 4 chs.

NOTE: Loop a short piece of thread through any stitch to mark last row as right side.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) turn; dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, dc in last 4 dc (8 dc).

Repeat row 2 until the piece measures 1 1/2 times thigh measurement, ending by working a wrong side row.

Joining row: With right sides of beginning ch and last row together and working through both thicknesses, slip stitch in each st across; do not finish off.

EDGING: note: On rnd 1 the total number of sc must be divisible by 5 (the multiple needed for the pattern repeat to come out correctly).

FIRST SIDE: Rnd 1: With right side facing and working in end of rows, work sc evenly around being sure to have a multiple of 5 sc; join with slip stitch to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, * ch 4, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around; ending last repeat with slip stitch in first sc, finish off.

SECOND SIDE: With right side facing, join thread with slip stitch into seam; work same as first side. Weave ribbon through ch 3 spaces.

Knitted slippers

No matter what time of year it is, it seems everyone wants to knit simple slippers. Whether knitting for charitable organizations or for yourself, the following pattern is an easy one.

Directions are for children's slippers. Changes for women's and men's slippers are given in parentheses.

Note: Plan slippers for 1/2 inch less than foot length or 1 inch less than sock size.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Knitting worsted, 1 (2-2) 1-ounce ball main color (MC), 1 ball contrasting color (CC), knitting needles No. 7; steel crochet hook No. 2, yarn needle. Jingle bells or small amount of extra yarn for pompons.

GAUGE: 5 sts = 1 inch; 10 rows = 1 inch (garter stitch).

SLIPPER: Beginning at heel with MC and leaving a 12 inch yarn end (for sewing later) cast on 24 (30-36) sts.

Row 1: Knit. Row 2: (wrong side): K 8 (10-12), p 1, k 6 (8-10), p 1, k 8 (10-12). Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece is half the length you want slipper to be, end with row 2.

Next Row (right side): K 2, increase 1 st in next st (to increase 1 st, k st, but keep st on left needle; place right needle behind left needle, insert it from right to left in same st and make another k st; let st come off left needle) k 2, increase 1 st in next st, k 4 (8-11), increase 1 st in each of next 3 sts, k 4 (6-9) increase 1 st in next st, k 2, increase 1 st in next st, k 3; 31 (37-43) sts.

Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): P 1, * k 1, p 1, repeat from * across row.

Ribbing Row 2 (right side): K 1, * p 1, k 1, repeat from * across row. Work in ribbing until piece measures 1/2 inch less than desired length, end on row 1.

Dec Row 1 (right side): Work in ribbing on 7 (9-11) sts, p 3 together (to purl 3 together: insert needle from right to left through 3 sts, p the 3 sts tog as for 1 st) k 1, p 3 tog, work in ribbing on 3 (5-7) sts, p 3 together, K 1, p 3 together, work in ribbing on last 7 (9-11) sts--23 (29-35) sts remain.

Next row: (wrong side): P 1, * k 1, p 1, repeat from * across.

Dec row 2 (right side): Work in ribbing on 3 (5-5) sts p 3 tog, work in ribbing on 11 (13-19) sts, p 3 tog, work in ribbing on 3 (5-5) sts--19 (25-31) sts.

Next row: (wrong side): P 1, * k 1, p 1, repeat from * across. For children's slippers, discontinue knitting. For women's and men's slippers, work another dec row as follows:

Work in ribbing on 3 sts, p 3 tog, work in ribbing on 13 sts for women's slipper, 19 sts for men's slipper, p 3 tog, work in ribbing on 3 sts. Work 1 row of ribbing.

All slippers: Cut yarn 36 inches from last st, thread yarn end in needle. Beginning with first st on right side of work, slip sts off knitting needle onto yarn needle. Draw yarn through sts and pull up sts tightly for toe. Turn piece to wrong side. With side edges meeting at center top of slipper, overcast toe sts tog to close hole. Overcast edge sts of ribbing together up to garter st. End off. Thread yarn end at cast-on edge in needle. From wrong side, overcast back sts tog to line of purl sts each side, run yarn in and out around remaining sts; draw up sts. Secure yarn and end off.

SOLE: With CC, cast on 2 (4-6) sts. Row 1: K, inc 1 st in last st. Row 2: P, increase 1 st in last st. Rows 3-5: K, inc 1 st in last st.

Row 6: Repeat row 2--8 (10-12) sts. Work in ridged pattern of K 3 rows, p 1 row, until sole is same length as garter st section of slipper; end p row.

Next row: K, inc 1 st in first st, center st and last st--11 (13-15) sts. Continue in ridged pattern until sole is 1 1/2 inches less than slipper length, end on purl row.

Shape toe: * K 2 together, k to last 2 sts, k 2 tog. K 2 rows, p 1 row. Repeat from * twice. Bind off remaining 5 (7-9) sts.

FINISHING: Run in all yarn ends on wrong side. Pin sole, ridged side out, to bottom of slipper along ribbing lines that run from heel to toe. With CC and crochet hook, single crochet slipper to sole, working through top loop of ribbing sts and edge sts of sole. Work 1 rnd of single crochet around top of slipper. To toe front, sew on jingle bells, pompon or ribbon bow trimming.

Write to Craft Exchange in care of The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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