Mission Statement

Operations for Bridge and Beyond will cease on Dec 31, 2021, last mailing date should be Dec 24th


Goal: 30
Start: #24
Current: 26


Slippers are needed for Men, Women, and Children.  Slippers are donated to families living in temporary housing at The Homeless Families Foundation, The YWCA Shelter, and Faith Mission Family Shelter.  Slippers are also needed for men living under the bridges.

Avoid white, off white and light pastels.  Darker colors do better since they show the dirt less.

Consider using bulky yarn, or double strand knitted worsted, or double strand sock yarn for added warmth.  Additional consideration can be too make 2 pairs of slippers and stitch them together.  This provides additional warm and stability to the slippers...AND if you use 2 different colors makes the slipper reversible.

Patterns and Stitches:
There will be some patterns listed below, you are not restricted to these patterns (though these are all tested and proven to be good ones); but please make sure your slippers are stretchy to fit a variety of foot sizes.  Avoid open, lacy stitches (remember if you can poke your finger through the stitches, they're probably too open and therefore not warm enough). Double crochet can be a bit open if you're using only 1 strand of yarn.

Please label the size slipper you made, ie adult female, adult male, child-teen and whether it's small, medium, or large.  Please attach the 2 slippers together with a ribbon, string, or safety pin.

**If you'd like to make your slippers non-stick try using silicone caulk, add dots of it to the bottom of the slippers and let dry.  Thanks to Torio B for this tip

One of our members (thank you Tristi ) found this chart of foot/shoe sizing with suggested slipper sizing.  The chart maybe of help to you.  CHART

PLEASE AVOID using a patterns that have a drawstring in them.  They don't tend to be very stretchy and therefore are very limited in the number/sizes of people they'll fit.
A crocheted slipper from Bev's site that has been used in some of our donations to date with good results for kids-teens and smaller women.  If you use this pattern when making slippers, please let me know so I can post a picture here.  And a knitted slipper from Bev's site called Aunt Maggie's slipper

This crocheted pattern is a vintage look slipper pattern.   I would be interested in posting a picture if you use this pattern.

Our friend James found this very nice knitted slipper pattern on RAV, again please let me know if you use this pattern so a picture can be posted here to aid folks in selecting a pattern they'd like to make.

The Pink Slipper Project webpage (a wonderful charity by Joyce Lucas), has a knitted and crocheted slipper pattern by Rachel Terrill.

 http://myteacup.com/pdf_patterns/KniftyKnitterSlipperSocks.pdf  http://myteacup.com/pdf_patterns/KniftyKnitterSlipperSocks.pdf

The pattern has pictures which are also helpful.  I wasn't able to do a cut and paste, as the font was to hard to read.
This is our good friend, Tristi's pattern.  I've seen her slippers and they are awesome

Easy Double Strand Slippers

This works up super quick!
Double Crochet
2 strands
L hook (I crochet insanely tight, check your gauge)

Round 1 : In a magic ring, ch 2 (counts as first dc here and throughout pattern), 11 dc, sl st to top of ch 2 (12)
Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each dc around. join with sl st to top of ch 2 (24) (gauge should be about 3 - 3.5 inches)
Round 3: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2 (24)
*Rounds 4- 10: ch 2, 1 dc in each around, sl st to top of ch 2 (you can make the slipper longer by adding rounds or shorter by skipping rounds) (24)
You will now stop working in rounds and work rows, this makes the opening for the foot to go into.
Row 11: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next 17-19 sts, leaving 4-6 sts unworked (4 for narrower feet, 6 for wider) (18-20 dcs)
Row 12- 15: ch 2,  turn, 1 dc in each st around. (18-20 dc)
You are now working the top of the slipper, where the ankle would be.
Without cutting yarn work ankle by ch 2 and working into sides of rounds 11-15 and the 4-6 sts left unworked in round 11.  You can do multiple rows of dc depending on how tall you want the ankle, make last row either a sc or hdc, finish off leaving long tail (about 3x length of heel) to sew up heel.  weave in ends.
 Torio B sent me an email with this tip for making the bottoms of the slippers non stick. Use dots of Silicone Caulk, after apply dots, make sure it drys

Where are You and Your Yarn From?

I'm trying to identify where everyone is from, partially for fun. Take a look at the map. Also, believe it will aid me in cases where we have several people with the same name. Please look at the lists of bloggers and non bloggers and see if I have the state you hail from. If not, please leave a comment and let me know.

Additionally, we've had help from Scotland, England, Germany Puerto Rico, Canada, and France! They don't appear on the map, but their help is still greatly appreciated.

Where The People Who Donate Come From, is your state represented?