Mocs

Here is another Christmas gift finally finished. Truthfully, it was knitted and felted a few days before the holiday. They just never seemed to dry out, and were still damp on Christmas Eve. I gifted these to Dad without the soles because of their dampness, and because I wanted him to try them on first, in case further fulling was needed.

It’s always comical to see how big something is before it’s felted, so I made sure to snap some photos before throwing them into the wash.

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I used the soles as measurements for the initial felting process, and stopped when the slippers fit into the soles. Dad thought they were a bit too big, so I put them aside until I could gather enough jeans or other things to wash. (I’m picky, most of my jeans are never washed in hot water.)

Last week, I finally had enough stuff to try again and shrink them some more. Then I had to wait, wait, and wait for them to dry completely. When I had Dad try on the moccasins again, he was happy with the fit!

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This week, I had time to attach the soles to finish up this project. Mom requested that I not incorporate the option for leather ties. It’ll be interesting to see how long the fit lasts.

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If I knit more moccasins, I would definitely use larger needles and include the tie option. I had used the largest needles I had, US 15 (10 mm), but my gauge was just a bit too tight with the doubled yarn. The garter stitch on the vamp and soles is still obvious after felting. I do love the different texture, but would prefer a looser pre-felting gauge.


Pattern: “Felted Moccasins” by Beverly Galeksas, Felted Knits Size: Men’s Medium Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather, 3 skeins 4006 Galaxy Needles: US 15 (10 mm) circulars Started: December 2007 Completed: January 24, 2008

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15 Responses to “Mocs”

  1. Chris Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    They look pretty cool! Do you knit tightly? I usually knit the felted clogs with doubled Lamb’s Pride on 13s.

  2. bellamoden Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Interesting! I might do this someday… Hmm. These look great!

  3. Nicole Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    The stitch definition may disappear with use, don’t you think? They look good the way they are though!

  4. Connie Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I just got this book out of the library and saw this pattern. They look great – my dad had a similar pair of slippers and really liked the fit around the house.

  5. Jeanne Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I really like the way they turned out. I’ve never tried adding leather soles before. I might have to try that sometime.

  6. Opal Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Very handsome! They look warm and cozy. I hope your dad appreciates the effort.

  7. Guinifer Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Those are awesome! I know three males in my house that would appreciate a pair of those!

  8. mrspao Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    They are lovely – you are so talented!

  9. Jill Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Me likey! They look very professional but I’m sure made MUCH better and will last longer. I think I’ll have to give them a try.

  10. Carrie K Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    They look great! I think I’ll have to try this myself too.

  11. lisa Says:
    January 26th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Those look great! You know, now that they are felted, you can cut into them without unraveling… so if you want ties, just punch a few holes in the right places and thread a shoelace through.

  12. Tanya Says:
    January 26th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Those look so comfy and warm!

  13. Sydney Says:
    January 26th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Those are really nice! They look warm and cozy. I’m going to have to try this sometime.

  14. schrodinger Says:
    January 28th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    They look great! I’m glad you got them to fit :)

  15. Tammy Says:
    January 28th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Where did you get the soles from? I’ve got some KnitPicks wool that I’d like to use, but don’t have a source for soles. TIA!

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