Knitting and Felting Slippers

This has been a long term project.   Many moons ago, I decided to make knitted and felted slippers for my sister’s family for holiday gifts this winter.  I did the knitting over several months, but I saved the knitted pieces and felted them all at once (one trip to the laundromat). My sister’s family is four people, and I decided to do three different styles.  I started with the French Press Slippers from French Press Knits, a pattern I bought online.  This design was all the rage on Ravelry, and you can see why- they are pretty things, and they don’t take all that much yarn.   Here is the finished pair that I knit, out of Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn, in the colorway called Atlantic.

Felted and finished French Press, size 10ish

These were knit in pieces, seamed together, then felted (except for the strap, which was felted separately, and sewn on last).

Before felting, sewn together, but with strap pieces separate

The second pair was knit very quickly, as they are knit in one piece, with short rows, then seamed up the back heel.  They are knit of a bulky weight yarn, Cadena from KnitPicks.  The pattern is free, from the Knitting if Not Eccentric blog, written by Mindie Tallack. I added some ceramic buttons to these to add a little detail interest, as they look like basic ballet slippers when felted.

Green Duffers, felted and embellished, size 8-ish

These look a bit blah when they are knit, but are much cuter when felted up.  I was amazed at how quickly this pattern goes.

Knitted and seamed, ready for felting

The last two pairs were using the same pattern, and they use a lot more yarn, as it is held double, and they have double thick soles.  The pattern is Lorilee Beltman’s Felted Loafer Slippers, which I bought through Ravelry. These were also knit of Cadena (bulky weight), and required a little more time (and concentration) to knit.  It did, however, make me learn Judy’s Magic Cast On (used with toe-up socks usually) and love it.  I knit them in two sizes, the Adult Large, in brown, and the Adult Small, in dark red.  I’m going to make more of these.  I like how sturdy they are.

The smaller of the two pairs of loafers

Larger loafers, felted

These are a bit more furry than the other slippers… there’s lots of yarn here. Here’s what they look like before they were felted.

Red Loafers Before

Larger loafers, before felting

I hope that the slippers keep feet warm down in Virginia this winter, and I sure hope that they fit!  Now, just to get them shipped off….

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2 Responses to Knitting and Felting Slippers

  1. Jann Crock says:

    I am having trouble getting started with Lorilee’s pattern. I cast on 48 stitches using Judy’s magic cast on. The pattern says to start in the circle right away.
    Is that for both sets of needs?? When it says row 1 does that mean do row on on both circular needles?? I am confused. I have not done magic loop before.
    Can you help me?

  2. Jennifer says:

    Are you trying to do two at once? I

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