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Extract from Yarn Bombing • By Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain • Published by Arsenal Pulp Press

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Shoes on a wire
We received a surprising number of submissions for patterns inspired by the urban phenomenon of shoes hung over telephone lines. With interpretations both literal and fanciful, here are a few of our favorites.

KnitGirl has designed a knitted sculpture of a pair of sneakers, which, at first glance, resemble the shoes upon which they are based. They can incorporate the graffiti artist’s name or initial as a textual element. The sole can also be knit separately as a flat piece, which can be used as a stapled tag.

Finished Measurements
Length: 11 in/28 cm Height: 6.5 in/16.5 cm

Materials
Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 [100 percent wool; 220 yd/201 m per 100 g skein]; 1 skein each color
[MC] #7824 Burnt Orange [CC1] #7803 Magenta [CC2] #8010 Natural

Gauge
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette st

Pattern notes
Charts have been included for letters shown on soles.

The large dot on the side of each shoe and the letters on the soles are worked using the intarsia method of color work. When working in this way, different sections of each row are worked with different colors. use a separate length of yarn for each area of color

When beginning with a new color, tie the strand of the new color in a slip knot around the strand of the old color. Slide the knot up close to the needle, then proceed with the new color.

When switching from one color to the next within each row, drop the color you have been knitting with and bring the yarn for the next color up under the yarn of the previous color before you continue knitting. This will twist the two yarns around each other. It is very important to do this; if you do not wrap the yarns in this way, the areas of color will not be joined, and you will have holes in your work.

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  • How to make an object plushie. Hanging Shoes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Right sole

    Heel
    using CC1, cast on 9 sts onto one needle. Sole is worked back and forth.
    K 1 row. Next Row [RS]: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. Place
    safety pin in work to indicate RS. Repeat these 2 rows twice more. 15 sts. Continue in garter st (k every row) until work
    measures 4 in/10 cm, ending with a WS row.

    Instep
    Row 1 [RS]: K to last st, kfb. 16 sts. Rows 2–4: K all sts. Row 5 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 17 sts. Rows 6–10: K all sts.
    If letter is desired, begin working it over center sts now. use stitch markers to indicate chart placement; different letters will be worked over different numbers of sts.
    Row 11 [RS]: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. 19 sts. Rows 12–14: K all sts. Row 15 [RS]: Work as for Row 11. 21 sts. Continue in garter st until work measures
    9 in/23 cm, ending with a RS row.

    Toe
    Row 1 [RS]: K2tog, k to end. 20 sts. Even-numbered Rows 2–12 [WS]: K all sts. Row 3 [RS]: K all sts. Row 5 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 19 sts. Row 7 [RS]: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
    17 sts. Row 9 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 16 sts. Rows 11 and 13 [RS]: Work as for Row 7.
    12 sts. Row 14 [WS]: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. Row 15 [RS]: K2tog, k next st, pass first st on
    right needle over second st, binding it off; continue to bind off until 2 sts remain on left needle, k2tog, bind off remaining st.

  • Step 2

    Left sole

    Heel
    Work heel as for right sole.

    Instep
    Row 1 [RS]: Kfb, k to end. 16 sts. Rows 2–4: K all sts. Row 5 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 17 sts. Rows 6–10: K all sts. Continue as for right instep.

    Toe
    Row 1 [RS]: K to last 2 sts, k2tog. 20 sts. Even-numbered Rows 2–12 [WS]: K all sts. Row 3 [RS]: K all sts. Row 5 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 19 sts. Row 7 [RS]: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
    17 sts. Row 9 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 16 sts. Rows 11 and 13 [RS]: Work as for Row 7.
    12 sts.
    Row 14 [WS]: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. Row 15 [RS]: K2tog, k next st, pass first st on right needle over second st, binding it off; continue to bind off until 2 sts remain on left needle, k2tog, bind off remaining st.

    Trace soles onto cardboard. Cut out cardboard soles, cutting them slightly smaller than knitted soles. Set cardboard soles aside.

    Shoe Upper
    using CC2, with RS of sole facing and beginning at beginning of bound-off edge, pick up and k 1 st in each bound-off st, 1 st in each garter ridge along edge of sole, 1 st in each cast-on st, and 1 st in each garter ridge along remaining edge of sole. Count sts; when working next round, increase or decrease as necessary to obtain 98 sts. Join to work in the round; after several rounds have been worked, place safety pin in work to indicate beginning of round.
    K 6 rounds. Break CC2.

    using MC, k 1 round. K first 12 sts of next round, then place 16 sts just worked (12 sts of current round and 4 sts of previous round) on st holder. These sts are centered over toe, and will form tongue of shoe. K to end. upper will be worked back and forth over remaining 82 sts.

    Work 5 rows in stockinette st, ending with a WS row.
    Bind off 13 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 56 sts.
    Next Row [RS]: SKP, k to end. Next Row [WS]: SPP, p to end. Repeat these 2 rows 6 times more. 42 sts. Continue in stockinette st until MC section

    of upper measures 3.5 in/9 cm, ending with a WS row.

  • How to make an object plushie. Hanging Shoes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place Dot Motif

    Right shoe
    Next Row [RS]: K8, place marker, work Row 1 of dot motif over next 8 sts, place marker, k to end.
    Left shoe
    Next Row [RS]: K26, place marker, work Row 1 of dot motif over next 8 sts, place marker, k to end.

    Both shoes
    Work in stockinette st, working through all rows of dot motif and then removing markers. Continue until MC section of upper measures 5 in, ending with a RS row.
    K 5 rows. Bind off all sts. Page 1 ToNGUE
    Place held sts on needle and join MC. Work in stockinette st until tongue measures 10.5 in/27 cm. Bind of all sts.

    Cord
    using 2 strands CC2 held together, cast on 3 sts. (using 2 strands will make cord dense and strong.)

    Work I-cord as follows: K 1 row. Instead of turning the work around to work back on the WS, slide all sts to the other end of the needle, switch the needle back to your left hand, bring the yarn around the back of the work, and start knitting the sts again. After the first 2 sts, give the yarn a sharp tug.

    Repeat this row to form I-cord. After a few rows, the work will begin to form a tube. Continue until work measures approx. 28 in/71 cm, or desired length. Bind off.

  • How to make an object plushie. Hanging Shoes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Finishing

    Insert cardboard soles; be sure that cardboard soles are aligned correctly with contours of knitted soles. For each shoe, pin side edges of tongue to shaped edges of upper, matching top edges. Sew in place.
    Stuff shoes as desired. Shoes shown were stuffed with pinecones (to give volume) and a few chestnuts (to provide weight); consider using similar materials found in your neighbor- hood. Be sure the shoes are not too heavy, or they will lose their shape. Sew tops of shoes closed, securing ends of cord in place at back of each shoe.

    using CC2, work two crochet chains, each approx. 30 in/76 cm long. Sew chains into shoes to simulate laces.
    RoBIN JACoB, a.k.a. KNITGIRL, is a Vancouver, BC, mom and knitting maven who lives with her family and her beloved dog Yoshi. Taught by her grandmother, she has been knitting since childhood. KnitGirl enjoys walking the streets with her dog and children, looking for new art and places to put her own contributions.

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Bloo Rayne
Bloo Rayne · Shelton, Connecticut, US · 79 projects
the "urban phenomenon" you are referring too is not a phenomenon at all. the reason why shoes are on telephone wires is actually an advertisement that drug dealers use to let druggies no were to get their drugs. it is not a graffiti or a form of art it is specifically used by drug dealers to sell their products. i thought you would want to know the true meaning of this "phenomenon".
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sweetsundae0
sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
That is epic! Awesome idea Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
LOl i loved this picture so i bought the book. still loving this , thank you for sharing this and the tute!!!;-D
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