Felted slippers

21st November
 
My mother has always knitted and crocheted for as long as I can remember as did her mother and her
Felted slippers are toasty warm
mother before that.  I crochet, a lot and I knit, a little.  It is one of the things that next year I would like to correct and even out the balance a bit.  Saying that, one thing I have knitted recently are slippers.  The pattern I use is an old one my mother swears by and goodness knows how many hundreds of these she has made over the years.  When I told mamma that I wanted to write a blog about these slippers, she set to for me and began knitting in earnest, these are her slippers and her pattern.

You will need:

100% wool, you will need just over 100g
recommended knitting needles size 5.5

These slippers can be made in a variety of sizes

age 2-4 (age 6-8)  age 10-12 (female) male      [So there are 5 sizes in this pattern] 

These slippers have to come with a warning I  am afraid! 
They are warm, toasty warm.  There will be no cold toes in your house with these felted slippers!

Cast on 48 (52) 56 (64) 68 stitches



Knit in garter stitch till the work measures 12 (12) 13 (13) 14 cm    


 
Cast off 8 stitches on each side of the children sizes
and cast off 10 stitches on each side of  the adult sizes
so you will have 30 (34) 38 (44) 48 stitches left
 
 
Carry on with garter stitch until the work measures 18 (21) 24 (28) 31 cm
 

 
On the next row you will need to knit 2 together till the end of the row
 
Then knit two rows without decreasing
 
Now knit another row knit 2 together until the end of the row
 
Again knit two rows without decreasing
 
Knit a further row of knit 2 together till the end of the row
 
Finally knit two rows without decreasing
 
Cut off the yarn leaving a very long tails, so you have enough to sew the slipper together
 
It should look like this...
 

 
Fold the slipper in half, using the long piece of yarn, sew the slipper together...
 
  

...so it should look like this. 
The top section is kept open, enabling ease of getting slipper on and off
 

 
Now your slipper is ready for washing and felting.  I tend to wash them with my usual washing detergent, in Norway mamma uses something called gronnsape,
a product often used for washing wooden floors!
Place in the machine and wash on a high temperature, about 60 degrees.
 
When washed and wet, leave to dry naturally, but they may need a little shaping and pulling here and there, quite a good idea to put them on to help the shaping!
 
 

This is what the knitting should look like before final decreasing rows

Slipper sewn together and ready for felting



Lots of slippers, great as gifts, or to have ready in the house for guests

Almost a little elf's workshop going on here!

These belong to Mr H and number one son

I have a few pairs, but these girlie ones are my current favourite,
of course in December my ultimate favourite pair will be worn,
RED of course!

This pose took some photographing, I can tell you!


I dare you to make a pair, you will be hooked and everyone once they have tried a pair on will want some.  Get the wool in and start knitting!!! Let me know how you get on!  As an aside, mamma once made these as table presents for everyone on Christmas day, it went down really well.  just an idea ;)

♥ CAL blanket update will be posted on Sunday ♥
 
Thank you mamma for making these slippers so I could write this particular post, love you to the moon and back

22 comments:

  1. Hi Selma, lovely slippers and as they are not knitted in the round-something that scares me, a good project for beginners and at felting which is another alien concept to me.
    I love the idea of having a stock for visitors-how lovely is that.
    Thank you to your Mum.
    Helen

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    1. They are super easy and quick to make. And unbelievably warm. I will pass on your message to her. Guest slippers rock x

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  2. These look wonderful! You've just added another item to my lengthy to-make list. (I will be making the little crochet fairy lights soon, honest! Just finishing another project or two...)

    One day soon, I'll make four pairs of these for my family - our floors are COLD.

    Thank you for sharing your mum's wonderful work. :-)

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    1. You are welcome. As you can see they are super duper quick and a slow silly knitter like me can make them. You will do it in seconds and with your eyes wide shut!

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  3. They look so deliciously warm and comfortable!! I hope that they are keeping you cosy this weekend. xx

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    1. They are Amy. Hope all is good with you on this dreary wet day.

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  4. Those look lovely and I have been looking for a slipper pattern but are you sure they are ribbed? That looks like garter stitch (knit only - no purl) to me.

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    1. You are right it is garter stitch. Thought I had corrected it. Oops. Sorry and well spotted. They are so incredibly easy. Give them a go. Just make sure your yarn is 100. % wool and can be felted. Let me know hiw you get on.

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  5. Thank you! I have a few WiPs at the moment but when I can get some 100% wool then I will give these a try. We had some wool slippers made by an elderly French aunt but the slippers have worn through and the aunt passed away before I thought to ask for the pattern. I would be lovely to have cosy woolly slippers again.

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    1. I am sure nothing can replace anything as well as your aunts BUT hope you will find these to be a fantastic second best. We love them x

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  6. Hi. Sorry to be a pain but is it dk wool.? Judith x

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    1. Hello Judith. Not a pain at all. I use a double knit but assume any wool that will felt would work. Hope you make them and enjoy them as much as we do. Let me know how you get on.

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  7. Selma, I love these and have posted a link to your page in my latest blog post on "A Random Harvest". Just what I want to make for my nearly 95 year old Aunty! How long are the finished slippers? I need to know as she's very petite (under 5 feet tall) and has tiny feet. Thanks so much. ~ Linne

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    1. I Linne I am not at home at the moment but will get back to you. It sounds like the adult ladies slippers would be too big so I am guessing the older child size would be right. I am not actually sure if I have any at home but will check and get back to you. If you made the older child and felt they were too small whilst they are wet you can stretch them a little bit. Hope this helps x

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  8. Unmitigated gorgeousness. I LOVE these slippers. Now I just have to work out how to extract a few of my less vital organs to sell to science to pay for the wool BUT it will be worth it. I am so glad my friend Linne from A Random Harvest shared this blog on her latest post. What a find! Thank you for the excellent pattern and even though today is the very first day of summer here in Australia, it will take me most of summer to make them (I crochet, not knit) so that's just fine by me :)

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    1. Your reply made me laugh out loud, the other half can't work out what just happened. Please don't sell vital or non vital parts on my behalf. But the slippers are super lovely. Maybe not right for summer as you say. Welcome to the blog. Hope you'll stay a while x

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  9. Selma, a friend is taking me to get wool tomorrow (I already have the needles), so by tomorrow afternoon, I will have begun the slippers for my Aunty. I will be staying with her from tomorrow morning to the next Wednesday night, so I will be able to check the size against her feet. She will have toasty warm footsies in a few days and that will make us both very happy! I can't thank you enough. I will post a photo or two as I go along, with linkies to your post, so expect more visitors ;-) Wish we could drop in for a knit-along slipper fest and all bring cookies. I'm also looking forward to making some of your Scandinavian Christmas cookies this year. Thanks a million and I'll talk to you soon (here, of course). I love your Advent calendar and your other Advent traditions. It's a long time since I was in my own place and did those things, but now I am gathering ideas from you to use in the future. Hugs to you. ~ Linne

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    1. This post of yours makes me so happy and why I love blogging. Have precious time with your aunt and look forward to hearing how you all get on. The cookies are super yummy. Enjoy a bit if Scandinavian Christmas. Look forward to hearing from you soon. X

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  10. Loving your blog, especially the prolific Christmas posts /)

    Have bought some wool suitable for felting but have become a bit of a crochet addict, have you ever tried doing the slippers in crochet? If so, how did they turn out?

    Thanks for your time and blog on!!! :)

    Jayne

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    1. So glad you are enjoying. There was also a post everyday in December of2013 too. Have not ever cricheted them think the tension would have to be quite loose for it to work Even though I am not a natural knitter, I too prefer crichet, they knit up very quickly and easily.

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  11. Thanks for getting back to me - hummm food for thought! The wool was cheap so might have an experiment with crochet even though I never even tried felting before. I have few wips on the go at the moment but will let you know how I get on ( when I get round to it)
    Thanks again for your blog - I love dropping in for a quick escape from my world into yours!
    Jayne

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    1. Great to hear you enjoy popping by. That has made my day x Please do let me know as and when you get round to it. If I do in the meantime will let you know but have so much else to make and do first... If only there were more crafting hours in the day "sigh"

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