Seamless Felted Mary Janes

I know that it’s been a while since I last popped by. I have been a little taken up with a design I’ve been working on that took far, far longer than I thought to get done. It is now in the pattern testing stage so I (almost) can breath a sigh of relief and return to normal, maybe.

The design follows on from my previous felted slipper patterns by the way that they are knitted seamlessly from the bottom up and are pretty quick to knit, but these are a little different.

Collective Shot

They are more form fitting than the others, being lower in the front and shaped for the back foot and heel. That said, they are still quick to knit – just a little more going on. I can make a pair in three hours, so not too bad.

Collective Side 2

Here I have put contrasting soles on them but they look just as cute in a single colour.

The pattern went through a few different versions before I got to this one which is why it took me so long to finally put a proper pattern together. I have the most enormous pile of ‘almost, try again’ slippers you have ever seen and have been mulling over what to do with them all. It occurred to me last night that I could cut all the soles off of them and perhaps sew them into some kind of colourful hearth rug! But then I would still be left with all the uppers!

Pink Worn 4

The pattern has now been released. Please go to the pattern page, (link at the top) for more information.

I can’t really say that I’ve been up to that much apart from these slippers the last month. I made a very successful fruit cake GF and DF, picture below, and have also been knitting on some other things when these slippers got too much.

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img_3043Plain vanilla socks. I think the yarn is Regia with Drops fable heels and toes. I really need some new socks as the ones I have are getting baggy. Hand knitted socks last a long time but as some of mine are perhaps six or seven years old now (at least!) I think it is a little unfair to expect them to last much longer. Although I do still have a pair that is over ten years old but that’s exceptional. A couple of other things this month have been..

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The fruit cake was delicious even as I’m not a great fan. I usually find them too sweet but this was just right and I think the addition of some cherry brand helped!

Hopefully I will be back soon. I have written a post with some felting advice but need to finish putting it all together.

Until then..

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4 thoughts on “Seamless Felted Mary Janes

  1. Hi Barbara,
    The duffers revisited pattern has three width fittings and the smallest gives an approximate finished foot circumference of 8 inches / 20.5 cm. The slippers can be adjusted to make a slimmer foot if necessary by having less stitches in the centre of the slipper for the front of foot between the decreases. If you need help doing this I am happy to explain further.
    The Mary Jane pattern is not so easy to adjust but does have a much narrower foot to begin with as the shaping is shallower towards to toes than the Duffers pattern, the slippers are worked with short rows to give more of a shoe shape over the front foot.

    I hope this answers your question. If you would like me to explain things more fully, please to get back in touch with me, I am always happy to help.
    Mindie

  2. I have come across your Floe pattern. I have purchased it and I realize that I will probably need it to be larger. Is there anywhere on your blog or on Ravelry where I could find the information to make it a couple inches wider in the bust? Perhaps there is a forum on ravelry you could direct me to? I realize that I am knitting this a couple years after the rest of the world. I would be grateful for any help you can give me. I think it is a beautiful sweater. Thank you in advance,

    1. Hi Louise,

      I am afraid there is no forum on Ravelry but I am always happy to answer queries at any time.

      There are a couple of ways to add some extra width to the Floe sweater. The easiest is to knit it at a slightly larger tension/gauge. The required gauge for the pattern in a DK weight yarn is 5.5 sts per inch or 22 sts per 4 inches. If you were to knit the largest size instructions at a gauge of 5 sts per inch instead you would get a finished bust measurement of 48.8 inches instead of 44 inches. That extra half stitch per inch makes quite a bit of difference. Of course your sleeves would also be a little larger but you might want that.
      If the 48 inches is too large, the next size down, 42 inch bust, knitted at the larger gauge of 5 sts per inch will give you a jumper with a finished bust measurement of 46 inches.
      The 5 sts per inch (or 20 sts per 4 inches) is a standard gauge for a worsted weight yarn so you could knit the sweater with that weight of yarn as a good substitute.

      Alternatively, if you want to work in a DK yarn to the gauge stated in the pattern you could add a couple of pattern repeats to the body. This would make the body larger but you wouldn’t have to increase the size of the sleeves. The yoke decreases would be a little out but instead of making say, 17 decreases you could work 19, just for example.
      To do this you would need to increase the number of body stitches in multiples of 4. To the stated gauge of 5.5 sts per inch, every 4 stitches you add to the body you will increase the size by about 3/4 of an inch.

      Either way will give you a larger jumper to the size that you need with a little playing about with knitting gauge or cast on numbers.

      If you would like me to work out some numbers for you, or help you to find a size you need that would work with the heavier yarn I would be happy to. If you send me an email at: patternsupport(at)mindiedesigns.com or contact me on Ravelry, with some information as to what size you would like or what yarn you want to use etc., I will work out some numbers for you.

      Look forward to hearing from you,
      Mindie

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