Little DUFFERS

It feels like an age since I came by here to put together a proper post.  Life has taken me through more twists and turns, ups and downs this year than I would have ever thought could be packed into such a short space of time, which is why I haven’t been around much.  But all that aside, finally, I’ve finished working on the children’s sizes of the Duffer pattern.

Little Duffers

Sizing the Duffers down to children’s sizes ended up being more involved than just a quick change of yarn or stitch count.  There was a scale issue that I hadn’t considered when I first started, mainly due to my wish to have seven sizes.  The baby sizes were one thing but once I started to add length I found that I also needed to add width.  Simple? Not so on a three-dimensional item.  The way that the Duffers are engineered means that adding stitches on the bottom adds length and width issues you may not want in other areas and vise-versa.

Still, after what has turned out to be in excess of 100 hours work and more single miniature slippers than I can shake a stick at, (I still have no idea what I’m going to do with them all!) I think I’ve finally got to a point where I am happy to call it a pattern.

The Little Duffers pattern consists of seven pages.  Four of them contain written patterns, one a chart and the other two have general information.  As someone who uses a lot of ink and paper, I’m aware that this is quite a lot to print out so I have put each part of the pattern onto a page of its’ own.  This way you should only have to print out those parts of the pattern that you need at any one time.

As I said, there are seven sizes of Little Duffers.  Starting at a finished foot length of just 4″ (10 cm) they go up in 1/2″ ( approx. 1 cm) increments to 7 1/2″ (19 cm). As a guide this covers shoe sizes UK 0 to 10 1/2,  US 1/2 to 11 and EUR 15 to 28 1/2.

It was very difficult to get exact conversions between shoe sizes and foot length. The information on the net, wonderful as it is, was conflicting to say the least.  I settled on an average in the end but please use the shoe sizes given as a guide only referring, if you can, to the finished foot length to determine the size you need to make.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight or heavy DK weight yarn, 100m to 50g.  This time I chose to knit my samples using Cascade 220 yarn.  Mainly because it is easily available, felts well and comes in a myriad of colours.  You can use anything that pleases you, as long as it felts and gives you a gauge of 4 sts per inch pre felting. You will only need small amounts for these children’s slippers.  The smallest sizes require only 20g – 40g of yarn per pair and the largest only 50g – 60g per pair.  Remember, all yarns are different and felt at different rates so proceed with caution if using a yarn you have not felted with before and are unsure as to how it will felt. Once I actually managed to get what should have been an 11 inch slipper to felt to just 8 inches, in one wash.

I almost have the adult version written up too.  It will be a few more days or so yet, but I am at last happy with the larger wider sizes that I’ve been working on. They will be 1″ wider than the standard fit, making them suitable for men, and ladies who like a little more room in their slipper. Just for fun, here’s a photo of the smallest Little Duffer and the largest Duffer to give you an idea of the size range we are now looking at.

Joking aside, there are a couple of notes regarding sizing that I’d just like to outline here.  The opening on the Little Duffers varies by only a few stitches each time the size goes up, but, it does make quite a difference to the opening.  The smallest pair has quite a small opening deliberately to keep them on little feet. Cast these off loosely.  Similarly, with the largest children’s size the opening is as I originally intended them to be, a sort of ballet shoe design.  This may not suit everyone so, if it doesn’t suit you, feel free to add an extra row to bring the opening closer.

Finally, a big thank you to MidlandSpinner on Ravelry who gave her unquestioning support and technical help just when I needed it.  Thank you.

I hope you like the Little Duffers.

OLD DUFFERS BACK AGAIN

I’ve had a lot of emails regarding pulling the pattern and, I’m afraid a great deal of confusion after pulling the pattern on Ravelry.  Because of this, I’ve put the original pattern into my Ravelry store earlier that expected.  It’s now available to download for £1.

A link direct to the pattern download is in the sidebar to the right above the scarf pattern. As I just mentioned the scarf pattern, I would just like to thank all the people who have purchased it.

 

I’m still hard at work writing up the new patterns and will post a note here as soon as they are up.

 

‘Duffers’ – A Quick and Easy 19 row Felted Slipper pattern


DUFFERS – FELTED SLIPPER PATTERN

This is the basic pattern with three basic sizes. For the larger, expanded pattern with many more sizes and wider width fittings, see the Duffers – revisited pattern (link on the side bar).

This pattern is now available for download at a cost of £ 1.00 through Ravelry. There is a direct link from my pattern page (the link to which is above the header) or from the bar on the left.  The children’s version is now available for £ 3.50, also from Ravelry or my pattern page.

Gratefull thanks to Sarah for the name suggestion, without which I would still be calling them ‘no name felted slippers’ or some such thing.

As I said, I have knitted about six of these as the patten now stands.  Part of me would not be happy until I had knitted about ten pairs at least.  If you do knit a pair and notice any errors please let me know.

DUFFERS

You will need:

Yarn: Lana Grossa Feltro  50m/50g OR:  Any pure untreated wool that will felt. If you want to use a DK weight yarn (100m / 50 g) hold the yarn double throughout.

You will need about 150m (300m DK) for the single colour slippers and 100m each colour (200m each DK) for the two colour ones.

Needles: Size 8mm (or size to get you to the correct tension) straight or circular needles, the slippers are worked flat and then sewn.

Tension: In stocking stitch your knitting should measure 3 sts / 1” and 4 rows / 1”.  Use the size of needle which gets you closest to this measurement.

To fit sizes: Approx. UK3, UK 5, UK 7  (US4 ½, US6 1/2, US8 ½)  For the smallest size read the figures as given, the larger sizes are in parentheses.  If only one figure is given this refers to all sizes.  (If you need  size larger please see below in the comments for instructions)

Size before felting: Length Approx. 27cm (29 cm, 31 cm)  Height Approx: 13cm at front & 11.5 cm at back.