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Friday, January 22, 2010

Jester Feet!

I made some toasty felted slippers for myself. They turned out well, I thought.
This is where I found the pattern.
Thank heavens she did a color coded chart or I would never have been able to put them together---must have a spacial orientation problem. The pattern is for hand knitting, but I did them in a flash on the machine. Sewing them up took a little longer. In order to sew the right square to the correct match, I hand sewed yarn markers where the colored dots were and butted up the matching pieces. It was a leap of faith for a while there. I'm amazed when people come up with clever things like this.

I used Lion Brand Wool, two skeins. One black and one purple. It's considered medium worsted, three ounces is 158 yards. I used my midgauge machine and at T 10. was able to get squares with 22 stitches x 30 rows to fit my size 9 feet. If you wanted smaller or larger slippers, since felting is so unpredictable, you'd have to make some guesses. In case you are wondering, I did a random pattern with the two colors and didn't care if the two feet matched.

Since we are still in the throes of winter, these are coming in handy!


TracyKM said...

I'm glad to see you did these! My 7 year old daughter has been handknitting them....and it's taking FOREVER. LOL. I wanted to do them on the machine, but I know the garter st felts differently than stockinette....but by finding the right row number to make a square I guess that solved it?
Oh boy. I'm so hard on slippers; I've had to replace the soles on my 'double thick' slippers a couple times already! I could do that pattern in my sleep, but I love felted slippers too! And those ones are so darn cute!

Mar said...

A friend hand knit these doing garter stitch and they did come out thicker. But, I find they are really warm anyway. It was kind of a miracle they ended up fitting because things shrink more in length than width when felted, but the hand knitting pattern must account for that too.