For my birthday last year, I received the book, “30 Slippers to Knit and Felt” by Arne & Carlos. The patterns looked wonderful though I’d previously never tried to felt anything I’d knitted! I decided to start with knitting a simple pair for evening use to match my “cardi gown”, my oversized cardigan I’d knitted in New Lanark Aran that I use as a dressing gown.
I bought the Aran yarn in Blue Lovage and Lovage from Kathy’s Knits in Edinburgh and started with a tension swatch. Then, using 6.5mm double-pointed needles, I cast on the first slipper. The easily-followed pattern was quick to knit up, and within a few days I’d produced a pair! They seemed rather large, but after washing at 40degrees they looked amazing. As I still found them to be a little loose, I washed them again at 60degrees. This produced a perfect fit!
As I was so enjoying wearing my evening slippers, I decided to knit a second “daytime” pair! Again, I used New Lanark Aran yarn, this time in Como and Verdi. I also decided to knit them using the magic loop technique. I actually found it easier and quicker using magic loop, but this is just my preference. The second pair seemed to shrink slightly more than the first, but by blocking them they are a great fit now; perhaps I knit more tightly using magic loop than DPNs?!