It’s November, it’s cold and it’s raining. I prefer to stay indoors and keep my feet warm and dry. So I knit felted socks-cum-slippers for everyone in the family.
You will need 100% wool (*not* superwash) – for this pair I’ve used double Kauni Effekt yarn – and a set of double pointed needles size 7mm.
These socks are knit from the toe up.
The size of the finished slippers depends on the wool, your knitting tension, the washing machine. Experiment! It’s fun!
Cast on 24 stitches using this cast on technique, knit one row, then increase 4 stitches on every other row until you have 48 stitches on the needles
Knit straight up until the foot is as long as your underarm or at least longer than your foot
Turn the heel using short rows
Continue knitting straight up
Knit 5 rows of garter stitch, 5 rows knit, 5 rows garter stitch
Cast off losely – except for the last 3 stitches
Knit an icord, 12-15 rows, bind off and attatch it to the inside of the sock 5 rows down
I recommend knitting two socks at a time.
Tighten the cast on-stitches at the toe, weave in ends.
The socks should be huge…
Felt your knitting:
The socks go into the washer with a pair of jeans or some other piece of heavy clothing. The jeans will give the knitted wool a good beating so it gets quite dense. If they’re not dense enough, or small enough, wash again.
Try the socks on before letting them dry. Make sure they are wide enough at the top – you can stretch them while they are still wet.