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Old 07-21-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Non-felted slippers
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jinx...elted-slippers

Alas! They are too small! Would it be better to cast on more stitches or go up a needle size? It's a Japanese pattern for a 'women's medium.' Maybe their feet are smaller?
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Cute! I'd make the next size. Larger needles would make fabric looser which doesn't seem a good idea for slippers.
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Jan's wisdom here makes sense - I often thought about increasing needle size to over come gauge (tension) issues. Not necessarily the best way to find a solution.
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They fit fine through the forefoot, but they are about an inch short, and the ankle opening is very tight. The pattern is for only one size, but some other Ravelers have added notes about modifications. Shouldn't be too hard to figure out, because it's a REALLY simple pattern; that's what I love about it.
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I believe Japanese ladies' feet are indeed smaller on average. Try a size large or extra-large if there are directions for those. Too loose a gauge, and you won't get the same look or wear.
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Originally Posted by Becky Morgan View Post
I believe Japanese ladies' feet are indeed smaller on average. Try a size large or extra-large if there are directions for those. Too loose a gauge, and you won't get the same look or wear.
That's kind of what I was thinking!
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Well the sllippers look adorable and very nicely done. I'm sure they'll be a wonderful gift for some lucky person.
I think modifying the pattern to fit a longer foot would work. You might even draw an outline of your foot and match the sole to that as you knit. Were you getting the correct gauge with the smaller needle?
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Salmonmac, I went to the projects page and one person mentioned that to add length, just cast on 4 more stitches for each inch, so I did. The second, larger slipper is almost ready to bind off on, and I can tell that it is going to fit! Now to immediately cast on for the second (third) one, so it has the best chance of fitting, too. That's the only thing I don't care for about making pairs of things; it's easy to procrastinate, like, "Rats; I already made this thing." And half the time the second one is gigantic or teeny despite your best efforts! Wish me luck!
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Wishing you luck, jinx! Thanks for the tip about casting on more stitches. I want to try these for me. Maybe I'll cast on for one on one set of needles and immediately start the 2nd, then work on one and then the other. ????
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Wishing you luck, jinx! Thanks for the tip about casting on more stitches. I want to try these for me. Maybe I'll cast on for one on one set of needles and immediately start the 2nd, then work on one and then the other. ????
Ha! That sounds like a good idea, maybe I'll try that next time, too. There's lots of notes about modifications in the projects, including people who knit them in the round, and people who made them for husbands, etc. Lots of ideas. And once you make one slipper, it's pretty apparent how to proceed, even if you add stitches. In my case, for a size eight women's, using a size 5.0 mm needle, I cast on 58 instead of 50 and just worked the pattern from there. I have wide feet, and they (the slippers) are plenty wide. I also used Jeny's Surprisingly stretchy bind off which works much better for the cuff.

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