Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Week Twenty-Seven: Basic Toddler Shoes

Original intended release date: July 3, 2010. See explanatory post.

This week's pattern, much like Basic Baby Mitts from Week Six, is not fancy. My Z is a little walker now, and requires shoes when we're out of doors. She had exactly one pair that fit her--a darling little pair of soft-soled slip-ons--and I broke the elastic on one of them and now it won't stay on her foot. So, rather than shell out for another pair which she's going to grow out of in no time, I knit her some.

Felted slipper-shoes are great for beginning walkers because they can still feel the terrain beneath their feet. Bear in mind when making these that no two feltable yarns are alike--the brand I used hardly shrinks at all when felted, while others will lose up to half their original size. So keep a close eye on your project while you're felting.

Felted Baby Slippers

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Basic Toddler Shoes are slipper-shoes with shaped toes knit in the round, then felted.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 80 yards of a sport-weight feltable wool for best results. (Pictured: Jo-Ann Sensations Kashmira in black – sport, 1 skein / 100g / 284 yards, 100% wool)

  • 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 inches = 23 sts / 35 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Finished shoes will measure approximately 5” long and 5.5” in circumference before felting (US child's shoe size 5), and will be smaller after felting. The degree of felting is up to the individual knitter; the shoes pictured have been felted to measure approximately 4.5” long and 5” in circumference (US child's shoe size 4).

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