Designer: Daniel Yuhas, Knitting from the Center Out: an Introduction to Revolutionary Knitting.
Yarn: Patons Inca
Needle size: 4.5mm
Its hard to resist a pattern that is so unique. I mean, to most people a slipper is a slipper and not necessarily an item of technical feats to be adorned with strings of pompoms. I'm a follower in the later group. Radmilla's slipper pattern offers a revolutionary approach (as in growing in the round not a new way of knitting, which the author describes) to creating warmth for your feet. Admittedly, most people will be drawn to the square toe and boot like structure but for others delving farther into their knitting, this pattern offers immense flexibility.
Extra bits you should know before casting on. This pattern is not graded in terms of skill level but it assumes an understanding of basic knit and purl, knitting in the round and has explanations on how to knit with two circular needles and the figure eight cast on. You will also need an understanding of increases (k1,p1,k1), (kfb) and the decrease (ssk) as well as marker use and placement. Sounds like a lot but I assure you its all good fun and well described via text and images in the book.
Having chosen Patons Inca yarn, which is very thick, I'm beginning to think that my swatch was so far out because of my need to use the Inca yarn and that the pattern actually uses an 8 ply yarn. But I of course do things my own way and went ahead when the evidence was right in front of me! It must also be noted that the pompoms were my brilliant idea! Just briefly, I would like to point out that I made the women's size 7 hoping for a bit of extra room. In future, I would definitely make a bigger size as what I did come out with was more like a size women's 5 1/2. All in all, love the pattern, the instructions and best of all the slippers!