A little pair of felted slippers

How do you get from this:

ginormous knitted sock

to this:

felted slippers

with the least effort possible?

I took it into my head the other day to use up some of the vast supplies of yarn I’ve accumulated so I decided to make a pair of felted slippers.    So I went to Knitty and found this pattern for Fuzzy Feet.   

This must have been the quickest things I have ever knitted.  I only took a day to knit each (aided and accompanied by lots of Cast On podcasts on Itunes) on 10mm circular needles with some yarn from Rio de la Plata that I bought last year.  I had heard that it felted well but hadn’t tested it…     They knitted up so quickly I would make these again any time.

Anyway, they were absolutely ginormous to start with…. this photo shows one of them on the ironing board:

slipper

And here they are nearly finished:

slippers nearly finished

Then I had to throw them in the washing machine with a towel to agitate and aid the felting.  The last thing I felted took two 60 degree washes (centigrade) so I thought it was going to take a long time but I followed the pattern for these and did them at 40 and stopped it halfway through the wash cycle.  (I had to check the manual for that… it’s a computerized machine and I’ve only ever done that before when it has refused to spin properly due to me loading it too full!).   And I was glad I did because they’d shrunk quite adequately by then.  So I finished them off with the rinse cycle and then, as the pattern suggested, put them on for a while and walked around to fit them to my feet.  And here is the result!

finished felted slippers

These took two skeins of Rio de la Plata but I am definitely going to use this yarn for felting because I love the way it looks and feels.

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14 Responses to A little pair of felted slippers

  1. Liv December 21, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    These look so warm and comfy! Maybe I will try to make these in 2009. Thanks for sharing the pattern site.

  2. maryeb December 21, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    These look wonderful. Definitely cozy and warm. I love the color. I may just have to try a pair.

  3. Dale Anne December 21, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    Liz,
    these look FABULOUS!!!
    Sure could use those in the temps. we are having right now!
    ENJOY!

  4. Carol Dean December 22, 2008 at 4:02 am #

    oooooooooo I want some!!!! I wore a hole into the heal of my last pair of felted slippers I loved them so much.

  5. Pat December 22, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    Don’t they look wonderful? Liz, a new addition for the shop, especially during the cold winter. Also so handy for those who need the warmth but cannot easily slip shoes/slippers on?

  6. sue krekorian December 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    These look so snuggly and cosy. I know I’d have to paint the bottoms of them with latex adhesive if I had a pair, or I’d fall down the stairs in them, but I may have to make a pair of my own. Very Christmassy, too!

  7. Shirley Goodwin December 24, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    I’ve been inspired to make these too, just have to work out how to do the toes as I only have little dpns.

    have a great Christmas and New Year, Liz.

  8. helen December 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Wishing you the warmest of fire-sides with love and happiness over this season and for 2009

    May your stars always be bright,
    and the winds of change never knock your baubles down!

  9. Fiona D December 25, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    fantastic, I need to make some of these for my husbands’s size 11 feet! Maybe 3 skeins of yarn…
    Hope you’re having a warm and blessed Christmas.

  10. Jackie December 28, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    This post gives a new meaning to the word ‘podcast’. Lovely amazingly easy slippers.

  11. Susan Lenz December 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi!
    Thank you so much for catching my error on the CYBER FYBER site! It is thankfully corrected! I’m in debt to you especially since it made me realize that Sharon sent four fabulous postcards and I’ve only got three posted! Thanks for your keen eyes!
    Susan
    PS The felted slippers look fantastic!

  12. margaret January 1, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    They certainly were enormous to start with! It’s encouraging to read about stopping the machine and checking the size – I always thought you had to settle for what came out at the end of the cycle, maybe run it through again if it was still too big – but if it was too small, you just had to start again, knitting with n bigger needles, or more stitches…

  13. sharon February 13, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    These are so gorgeous, Liz, could you possibly tell me which one of the Rio de la Plata range you used and where you got it from as I’d love to have a go at these.

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