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mrchilcutt 12-12-2010 06:29 PM

resizing footie pattern for felting
HELP :grphug: My husband has an old wornout pair of footies (very basic pattern :knitting: - no turned heel or cuff). I found the pattern to make these, but want to felt them and need some guidance on how to increase the pattern to allow for the proper shrinkage that occurs during felting. I've made over a dozen felted boots and remember they were about three inches longer and bigger around than the end product/actual foot measurement.
Please help me with the guaging or send me a footie pattern for felting. I've searched google and looked a many dozens of patterns. The ones I want to make are very low and don't come up around the ankle in the front so are easy to slip on.
I'd like to give these as a gift for Christmas, so a prompt answer would be amazing! This is the link to the one I found
Thanks! Mary :hug:

Jan in CA 12-12-2010 08:34 PM

Oh gosh...I don't know. I haven't seen any information for changing a regular pattern. :think:

cacunn 12-13-2010 04:50 PM

I have not done a lot of felting, mainly Scottish Balmoral, but this is my take.

How much does the yarn shrink when you felt it? Knit swatch, at least a 4 by 4 inch, take a piece of paper and trace around the un-felted swatch. Put a safety pin on the bottom front of the swatch, the swatch will shrink differently for the stitches (up and down) then the rows (side to side)

Felt the swatch and calculated the shrinkage length and width.

If the swatch shrinks 20% top to bottom, increase the number of rows by 20%, side to side by 15 % increase the Number of stitches by 15%.

Most important that this does not have to be exact, You can stop the felting once the piece is the correct size. If it is to large re-felt it.

Do you have a pair of shoe trees, preferably the wooden ones? The wooden ones have the front that is shaped like the front of the foot. When the slipper is about the right size use the shoe tree as a form for drying.

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