FO Friday – Finally, my OWN slippers!

Or as my husband calls them, slippie sloppies!

YAY I HAVE WARM FEET

  • Pattern: French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi
  • Yarn: Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted in Chestnut Tweed
  • Needle size: US15 (LOL HUEG)
  • Sizing info: these are written for small, medium, and large sizes but they are still felt to size. I have a size 9.5 narrow foot, and I knit the largest size and just kept felting until they fit my feet without slipping off as I took test steps on a towel in them. You could easily stop felting earlier for a longer length, knits tend to shrink lengthwise more than widthwise during felting. The OTHER important thing to note for sizing is that you can totally stretch things back out if they’ve shrunk too much in one dimension or another. Just get them fully wet, muscle up and RIIIIIP and they’ll get a bit longer (or wider, or taller, etc.)

I followed the pattern exactly as written for the women’s shoe size 9-10. And I love them! They’re totally cute with the big ole buttons, and I am just pleased as punch every time I slip them on. I have made other felted slippers in the past (all for other people), but none as cute as these.  It probably took me about 20-30 minutes to finish the knitting of each individual piece of the slippers, so I could have sneezed them out in the better part of an afternoon. As I was going, Rachel even commented “THAT was fast!” It took about 24 hours for them to fully dry, but they would have dried faster if I’d let them spin out in the washer, which I totally recommend doing once the felting is completed. I tacked on the buttons with a bit of scrap green tweed from another project, et voila! Slippies!

If/when I make another pair, I will not use a tweed yarn to start. All the tweed neps completely disappeared in the felting process and while I still like my chocolate brown slippers, I might rather have had a chocolate brown tweed FO in another project.

I love to felt, I have felted several things and it’s a thrill every time I do it. When I mentioned this to Rachel and Debbie, they both said they’d never felted! As a result, I think we can expect some sort of RAD felting adventure in the very near future. I want to show you guys just how fun it is to felt.