Duffers – revisited The new version of the felted slipper pattern is now done and up.
From its small beginnings, just three sizes over two pages, the pattern has now grown into an absolute monster running to 16 pages. Don’t worry though, you should never have to print them all out, not unless you want to.
The pattern now covers sizes
UK: 2, 3, 5, 6-7, 8, 10 ½
US: 3, 5½, 7½, 9½, 10½, 13
EUR: 33, 35.5, 38, 39-40, 43, 45
I give these sizes as a guide only. As I said in my last post re. the Little Duffers, finding exact shoe sizes and foot lengths on the net was difficult. It is better for a more accurate size guide to go by the finished foot lengths. These are:
INCHES: 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½ & 11
CM: 23, 23.5, 24, 25.5, 26.5 & 28
Each of these sizes can be knitted in Standard, Wide and Extra Wide width fittings.
Each width fitting adds approx. 1″ to the circumference of the slipper. The smallest three sizes start at a foot circumference of about 8-8 1/2″ so the wide version comes in at 9-9 1/2″ and the extra wide at 10-10 1/2. Similarly the largest three sizes have foot circumferences which start at about 9 1/2-10″ so the wide is 10 1/2-11″ and the extra wide 11 1/2 – 12″. These sizes do of course depend on how hard you felt the slippers and your yarn, but with the slippers felted to the correct length these are about the sizes you should expect to be getting.
Just to add to the mix, on top of all those sizes, the pattern now covers knitting the slippers flat and then seaming or knitting them seamlessly. The seamless version uses Judy Becker’s magic cast on which means you don’t even have to seam the bottom when you are finished. You can Judy’s article covering her fantastic method on Knitty here. I don’t cover it in the pattern, there just isn’t room to put anything more in, but if you don’t want to use this method, you can still knit the slippers in the round. Just cast on with a long tail cast on and join for knitting in the round as you would with, say, a top down sock and sew up the bottom seam when you’ve finished knitting.
The pattern consists of written patterns covering different sets of sizes ( there are two sets, the smallest three and the largest three sizes), different widths and methods of knitting. Each of these patterns has a page of its own with blank spaces where the number of stitches etc. should be. All figures for the different patterns are in chart form and there are two charts. The pattern page for your chosen size, width and method will tell you which chart you need the figures from.
To make up your pattern all you need to do is print the one pattern page that shows your size, width and method of knitting. Then take the numbers from the appropriate chart and fill in the blank spaces you are then ready to start knitting.
The pattern is so huge and along with the Little Duffers covers every size you should need from 4″ to 11″ in half inch increments.
It is now available from Ravelry for £ 3.75