Felted House Slippers

I had been wanting to try a technique where one knits an object using 100% wool then washes it to create felt.  I found an adorable house slipper pattern and decided my friend needed them for her birthday.  I knew that the slippers would shrink during the felting process, but I couldn’t believe how big they were knitting up!  They ended up shrinking down to the perfect size.  Here they are next to a pair of my Toms pre-felting.  Huge, right!?!

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The pattern called for straps to simply be sewn on the toes; however, the stitching was quite obvious.  I used the needle felting techniques I used for my soap and pumpkin to make the seam nearly invisible.

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Lastly, I added vintage-looking buttons.  I love them and need to make some for myself!

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  3 Movies

Overall Experience:  Good

Chappy Newsboy Caps

I have sooooo many friends that have had babies in the last couple of months.  I need to catch up on baby hat posts.  First up:  the Bergs.  The Bergs are leaders in my Sunday School class.  They have a toddler, and they welcome a new baby at the end of June.  I wanted to make matching hats for both of their boys, and chose Chappy Newsboy Caps from Ravelry.  The hats turned out so sweet that I adapted a preemie hat to add to our preemie collection.  The hat features a half-double crochet pattern worked through alternating front and back loops that gives the hat a really fun texture.  I’ll have to start using that stitch more often!

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Preemie Hat Adaption:

Make the hat following the newborn pattern with the following changes:

Skip Round 6

Skip Rounds 12 and 13

Round 15:  Instead of sc 16, sc 12

Round 17:  Instead of sc 12, sc 8

Round 19:  Slip stitch instead of sc around

 

Difficulty:  Challenging; while the stitches themselves aren’t difficult, paying attention to the front loop/back loop instructions is challenging.

Time Required:  One movie

Overall Experience:  Excellent