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Felted slippers

Felted slippers

You will need
Crochet hook, size 6.00 mm
yarn: Pure Felting Wool, one 100g ball each of Orange and Deep Pink
large tapestry needle
17 x 15 cm pieces of wool-viscose felt in orange and pink
2 fancy buttons

To fit UK shoe sizes 5-7

Slippers (make 2)
Each slipper is worked in one piece, with a seam at the back.
Using the 6.00 mm hook and Orange yarn, loop the yarn twice around two fingers of your right hand, to make a 'magic' ring.
Round 1: Work 2 ch, 11 dc into ring, join with sl st to 2nd of 2 ch. Pull up end of yarn to tighten and close up the ring. (12 sts)
Round 2: Work 1 round of dc: to do this, remember that the first st should be 2ch, then work 1 dc into each st to end and join with sl st to 2nd of 2 ch.
Round 3: (2 ch, 1 dc) in 1st st, then work 2 dc in each st; join with sl st to 1st st.
Work 2 rounds without any increases.
Round 6: (2 ch, 1 dc) in 1st st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * to end; join with sl st to 2nd of 2 ch.
Work 2 rounds without any increases.
Round 9: (2 ch, 1 dc) in 1st st, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts; repeat from * to end; join with sl st to 2nd of 2 ch.
Work 2 rounds without any increases.
Round 12: (2 ch, 1 dc) in 1st st, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts; repeat from * to end; join with sl st to 2nd of 2 ch.
Work 2 rounds without any increases.
Round 15: (2 ch, 1 dc) in 1st st, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts; repeat from * to end; join with sl st to 2nd of 2 ch.
Work 7 rounds on these 56 sts without any increases.
Next row: 2ch, 1 dc in each of next 37 sts; turn
Work 6 rows of dc on these 38 sts, then change to Deep Pink yarn and work a further 9 rows.
Then inc 1st at each end of next and every foll 3rd row 5 times, so there are 48 sts.
Work 1 row without further increases. Break off yarn, leaving a tail for sewing up.

Stitch heel seam.
Border: Rejoin yarn to top of heel seam and, using Deep Pink yarn, work 2 rounds of dc around top edge of each slipper, as follows:
Round 1: work 30 dc evenly spaced along top right edge, skip 1 st and work 16 dc along edge of front, skip 1 st and work 30 dc evenly spaced along top left edge to top of heel seam.
Round 2: work 29 dc evenly spaced along top right edge, skip 1 st and work 14 dc along edge of front, skip 1 st and work 29 dc evenly spaced along top left edge to top of heel seam.

Felting
To felt, place the slippers in a washing machine and wash at 40°C with a normal washing powder or liquid; do not use conditioner and do not spin. Remove from the machine, squeeze out excess water, then block, as described below.

Blocking
Place the slippers on your feet while they are still wet; they will mould themselves to the shape of your feet, ensuring a snug fit. Be sure to stretch them slightly at the front, to allow a little extra space for your toes. Remove carefully, then stuff balls of kitchen paper into the toes to help them keep their shape as they dry. Depending on temperature and humidity, you may need to allow several days for the slippers to dry completely. The process can be speeded up slightly by placing them in a warm, well ventilated place – near a radiator or stove, for example.

Decorate with flower shapes cut from wool-viscose felt. Place a small pink flower on top of a larger orange one and join with a few small stitches through the centres. Stitch a fancy button in the centre of each flower.

These slippers are thick, so they hold their shape very well but they will take quite a long time to dry, so be patient. Drying time can be anything from a few days to a week, depending on conditions. Leave them until they are completely dry before adding the decoration.


Felting yarn is available from http://www.knitshop.co.uk or http://www.knitting4fun.co.uk.
Wool-viscose felt is available from http://www.21stcenturyyarns.com

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