Category Archives: Socks and slippers

June challenge – unseasonal slippers

Often when I finish a project I make a mental note of how I would like to do it ‘better’ next time, and so it was the case with these felted slippers (see here and here) So I did the usual thing and bought yarn to make more slippers, only to leave it to one side while other projects leaped ahead of them in my mental ‘do-list’.
Anyway now, and without further ado, I have made another pair of felted slippers, incorporating my ideas on how to change them. Here they are unfelted:

Made in Schachenmayr Wash +Filz-it! multicolour 0258 (‘Art deco mix’ – mainly black) on a 10mm hook. I’ll get back to you when I have felted them!

Perseverance

Some of you will remember the beginnings of my sock adventures here, and my rather slow progress on the journey to the heel here.
Well I am delighted to say that I have finally reached the ankle of not one, but two socks:

I would be lying if I said that I had found it easy, and I would ask you not to look too closely as there are certainly one or two bits that are less than perfect. Overall though I feel a real sense of achievement, and not a little relief that my perseverance has finally paid off.

Scandi felted slippers

Again, these are not mine but I wanted to share them with you anyway:

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I am pretty sure that they are knitted rather than crocheted, but the construction is hidden somewhat by the felting process. I love the natural colour of the wool, and how it is set off by the wooden buttons. These were made by Linda at ‘Book Catering’ based in the Highlands of Scotland. She has a Facebook page if you want to look her up.
I would like to have a go at making something similar in crochet, so watch this space….

Toasty toes – after

A brief visit from our daughter last weekend provided me with the opportunity of checking the felted slippers for size – and they fit!

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You might remember seeing the ‘before’ picture here. I felted them by hand first with not much effect, then put them through a 30 degree wash in the washing machine. They shrank from 24cm long x 11cm wide to 22cm long x 9cm wide. I think they would have shrunk more, but I got them to fit by putting them on my feet while they were still wet and letting them dry in my foot shape.
If I made them again I would buy three balls of yarn, make the medium size, and carry on crocheting to make them into little ankle boots.

Slipper boots

I have had another go at making some crochet slippers, this time in the form of boots:

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The yarn is Adriafil Candy classic colour 87 (rust) and I used an 8mm hook. I made the pattern up as I went along (I really should start writing these things down!) and sewed the finished slipper on to a Regia leather sole. Both yarn and sole are available from McAree brothers here.
I am really pleased with how they turned out, and they have already found an appreciative home.

Toasty toes – before

Ages ago my daughter chose some yarn so I could make some felted slippers for her, and I have finally found the time and pattern to do so:

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The pattern is by Amy B ‘A stitch in time’ (on Ravelry here) and is really very straightforward. My yarn is Schachenmayr Wash and Filz it multicolour felting wool in colour 202 ‘coconut’ and it took 1 ball for each slipper. I used a 10mm hook but I notice it says 8-9mm on the yarn itself.

The picture is a ‘before’ picture as I need my daughter here so I can felt it to her foot shape. Watch this space…..

Turning a corner

It is often the case when I look at other blogs that I think how easy they make things look, and just in case I have given you the impression that my crochet is created without effort, angst, frustration or indeed mistakes, may I give you an update on my crochet socks?
You may remember their beginnings some time ago here:

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Well although they have grown a little since then, I hit a major hurdle with the heel, and had to wait until I had the chance to meet up with my teacher again and iron out some problems. So I am pleased to report that I have now turned a corner and should soon be back on the straight and narrow of making the ankle section.

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Of course I will have to go through the whole thing again if I am ever going to make a pair!

Dipping a toe in

Well it has been a while, but I have decided it is time to dip my toe in again and get back into blogging.
I have wanted to be able to make socks for ages. By which I mean I would like to be an expert at making socks without going through the hard slog of learning it first – wouldn’t we all? However I finally got real and signed up for some classes. It is early days yet but I have made a start:

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This is made in a Debbie Bliss yarn, called Luxury Sock. The shade I have used is called ‘Fuji’ and seems to be a nice ombre mix of blues and neutrals.
The pattern is really very simple so far, but calls for obsessive counting of stitches which is not one of my strengths, and a 3mm hook which is well below my comfort zone. I am making my way towards the heel – wish me luck!

Cosy toes

I have to confess that these were not made by me. You might remember some time ago that I bought some Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal in a lovely blackberry colour with the aim of making a pair of socks (see here).

Well I still love the colour but it proved to be impossible for me to crochet with because I just couldn’t see the stitches clearly enough to count them! So when a VERY kind friend, with much more crochet experience than I have, generously said she would use the yarn to make some socks for me I jumped at the opportunity. And here they are:

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With thanks to Margaret – for the gift of warm feet!

Happy feet

So the sock project was a good idea for travelling. Only 100g of yarn to pack, only one hook, and as it turned out no scissors required as the yarn I chose breaks when tugged hard by hand!

I did do my usual trick of making three toes and choosing the two that matched best for size (will I ever get past this newbie habit??)

I also tried several ways of making the loop at the heel section to make sure it was stretchy enough, and ended up using this video on youtube to make a foundation half double crochet chain (half treble in UK terms).

Other than that I pretty much stuck to the pattern and I am quite pleased with them:

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I ended up closing the heel by sewing the raw edges together so the seam was smooth on both sides, and adding some false ribbing at the ankle, and now I have happy feet!

Made in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal ‘deep rose’ on a 4mm hook.

Socks away!

We are flying down to London later in the week, and I need a little project to take with me, so I have invested in some sock yarn. It is Debbie Bliss fine Donegal in Deep rose. It is a 4-ply wool cashmere mix, and rather lovely to handle.

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I have also found what looks like an easy toe-up sock pattern from DyakCraft. This is my first pair of socks so simplicity is essential. The pattern involves UK double and half treble crochet, which I am sure I can manage. It is written so that it can be modified to fit different foot sizes, which also sounds good.

What I am not so sure about is my ability to make two matching socks of the same size….Perhaps I should have started with a Christmas stocking!