Wednesday 10 October 2012

Tutorial Thursdays - Ankle High Felted Slippers

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Today is a very special Thursday for me as I am very privileged to have Katharina sharing her tutorial on how to create Ankle High Felted Slippers here with all of us today. 

So without further ado...

Tutorial: Ankle high knit-felted slippers
Hi there, I'm Katharina from Travelling the world... and much more  and I'm absolutely excited to be a guest on Natalie's blog today, showing you how to make ankle high slippers by using knit-felting while she is guest at my blog showing you howto decorate a canvas bag using needle-felting

To make ankle high knit-felted slippers you need:
  • about 250g of felting wool, more if you want to do felted slippers bigger than size 41 (UK: 7/US: 7.5), a little less for slippers smaller than size 36 (UK: 3.5/US: 6.5)
  • a set of five double pointed needles, matching your yarn. I used size 8 needles (UK: 0/US: 11)
  • a washing machine and dryer balls to increase the felting
  • about 6-8 hours of effective working time plus washing and drying time
This instruction is for a pair of slippers size 36-38. For other sizes (the actual size depends on the amount of stretching used after felting) check this list:

1. Start by casting on 34 stitches in berry and knit 34 rows in stockinette stitch.
2. In row 35, increase by one stitch on either side between stitches one and two and stitches 33 and 34 and set the stitches equally on four double point needles.
3. Now start with purple yarn and close the knitting now knitting in rounds. Change the colour from purple to red after 4 rounds.
4. After 16 more rounds you start to decrease the amount of stitches by knitting two together at the end of each needle until you have 2 stitches per needle left. Cut the yarn now and pull it through the eight stitches left and pull them together. This the toes part of your slipper.
5. Now sew the seam for the heel. Having done that that would be a slipper without a high ankle part.
6. To add the higher ankle part pick up 40 stitches in berry around the upper edge of the slipper starting from where the slipper has been knitted in rounds and set the stitches equally on four double point needles. Knit 7 rounds in berry than change to purple, increase by 4 stitches  increasing the amount of stitches per needle by one. Then go on for 8 rounds. Change to orange and knit another 4 rounds.
7. Now it is time to open up. Instead of knitting rounds, you now start to knit back and forth starting at your starting point for the rounds. Knit another 17 rows than change to purple again for 4 rounds and bind the stitches off.
8. Now the slippers only have to go in the washing machine. Wash them at 40°-60°C. If you have some towels that need washing too, they make good washing companions. If you have, also throw in some dryer or laundry balls to increase the felting.
  1. After felting, the slippers have to be stretched to their actual size, having shrunken quite a lot (about 30%). Sizes after felting may vary. It is therefore always recommendable to have someone with the shoe size you are trying to achieve trying on the felted slippers after you have stretched them to make sure they really fit.
  2. The slippers need about 24h of drying. Then you can paint stripes or what ever forms you like with anti slip silicone ink on the soles of the slippers. This needs another 12-24h hours of drying and then your shoes are ready to keep your feet warm during the colder days.

    I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I will gladly answer any questions you might have, Katharina

    Thank you so much Katharina for this wonderful post, it has been such a pleasure having you visit. x
    Katharina is the founder of Travelling the world... and much more, a blog first set up to keep the folks at home informed on where she and her boyfriend were on her trips. This evolved to travel information on more and more places and is now introducing posts also on knitting, sewing and furniture. She has a shop at Dawanda where she sells her products. This is her first tutorial.

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  1. those slippers are wonderful! maybe i will have to give those a try. so many things to knit! lol

  2. Glad you liked it, Momto5. Give them a try! They are really super easy as even if they look a bit weird when you've finished knitting them they just miraculously turn out just fine after their trip to the washing machine.

  3. Hello Nathalie

    I hope I did everything right. I like knit felting. So thank you for the tutorial. I'll hop over to Katharian and tell her too.

    1. Hi Babajeza,
      Yes you did wonderfully :)
      Thanks for visiting.

  4. Coool, thanks for the chance :D

    1. Hi Brownie,
      Thanks for visiting, good luck.

  5. A warm boot to put on in the coming cold days. Nice and clear tutorial.

  6. Thanks, Terrie. I was trying to keep it clear and simple so that even a newbie to knitting
    could go through because I think, knitting these shoes is quite simple and could be fun for everyone :-)

  7. Great tutorial, thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks for visiting, good luck ;)

  8. Those socks are awesome! Love the colors, and the fact that someone can make such a thing amazes me. Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!


    1. Hi Paula,
      Thank you for visiting also :)

  9. Just found your blog from Frontier Dreams. Love it!

    1. Hi buggyandbuddy,
      Thank you so much for visiting, and thanks for sharing.

  10. Makes me want to knit. I love the anti-slip soles.


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