Felted slippers are on my mind as the weather starts to get a bit cooler. Many years ago when I took a knitting class one of the first projects was slippers. I guess it helped us practice stockinet stitch and garter stitch and seaming. Now that I’m thinking of making felted slippers I’m wondering if I kept that pattern. Or if there even was a written pattern. I simply don’t remember.
Those slippers are really rather ugly since they were knit with very cheap artificial yarn, which is what the instructor told us to buy. I’m also not fond of the stitch pattern either. I think it may have been a standard pattern made and worn by generations of beginning American knitters. Of course felting will usually make stitch patterns invisible, so this may not be an issue.
I searched the Internet and found several very nice patterns for felted slippers and clogs. All of them are copyrighted and prohibit the knitter from making and selling them. So I’ve decided to create my own pattern for hand knit felted slippers. I will knit up a much larger pair of slippers using the completed hand knit slippers as a guide. Why “much larger?” Well because felting reduces the size of what is knit by about 30% at least with my favorite felting yarn.
Once the slippers are felted the type of stitch used should be invisible. So I plan on knitting every stitch, unlike the ancient slippers I’m using as a guide. Of course they used ribbing to shape or gather the front of the slippers. I’d won’t be using ribbing, so I’ll have to give the shaping some thought. My other concern is seaming. I don’t want the seams or the ends that I weave in to leave lumps and bumps in the slippers. I’d also like a really cushioned sole, so I may knit a second layer for the bottom and sew that on, or design my pattern around that idea. But I’ll probably save that issue for the second pair of slippers I knit.
Because I enjoy knitting and spinning more than mopping floors these slippers will be knit in a darker color that hides dirt well. And of course felted items can always be hand washed. 🙂
KNIT TIP: Each and every yarn behaves differently and sometimes different colors of the same commercial yarn will felt differently. So if you choose to knit something and then felt it, you’ll need to knit a gauge swatch in the chosen stitch and after measuring it very carefully, felt it. Then measure again to figure out how that particular yarn felts.
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