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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2006 07:17:17 AM »

I'm using a 16" Clover bamboo circular needle but straights would work.  I think DPN's might be a tiny bit short.  You WILL need the DPN's for the attached I-cord that happens at the very end of the pattern.
Hope that helps.

OK so I'm good on circs or straights whichever...should i invest in size 13 dpns or am i probably good with the 8's? Sorry for all the questions!  Embarrassed

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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2006 07:58:00 AM »

Not sure what you mean by 8's but I suppose you could make I-cord with a shorter circular needle.  Kind of a pain but possible since it does have two points.  I would probably get the size 13 DPN's or use 15's or 11's in DPN for the I-cord if that's what you have.  Most of the felted knits patterns I've seen call for size 13's so you'll probably use them again sometime if you do any other felted knits.  I just got some cheap Lion Brand ones at the craft store.  They're plastic and actually kinda pretty.
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2006 08:45:28 PM »

I haven't yet been added to the kal on blogspot, so I'll post my in progress photos here.

the colors are knitpicks wool of the andes in amethyst heather, chambray, and hyacinth.  I'm using glass beads I bought at michael's.

these have been going so quickly.  I'm confident that I'll have them done by Christmas.

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« Reply #23 on: November 26, 2006 10:52:31 AM »

Hi All!

Edited 11-29-06: There are pictures of the finished clogs on my blog (Apparently, I haven't posted enough at Craftster to be allowed to put pictures up. Funny, seems like I used to be able to.) Anyhoo, I'm adding a full blog entry on them later today at http://indigomuse.blogspot.com .

I finished my first pair on Friday and immediately cast on and have nearly completed another pair in just two days. I'm making these for Christmas gifts for my family. I promise to post pictures here and on my blog once I don't have my testosterone trio running around in the next day or so.

A few comments (these are purely my observations and my opinion and I understand that not everyone will have the same experience):

* IMHO, this pattern has a high fidget factor. I've been knitting for 20 plus years and have knit lace, fair isle, cables, etc. so I'm okay with fidgety patterns. That being said, the pattern is definitely worth fidgeting through.
* You fly through the sections of the main slipper body and inner sole. Where it gets fidgety is when you begin to attach the outer sole to the main slipper body.
* I had a hard time envisioning how this pattern was constructed. There is a fair amount of written detail about it but I'm a very visual person and could not for the life of me figure out how the outer sole was attached to the main body (even though there are pictures of this too). After knitting the first slipper, I finally figured it out. I'll post some progress pictures so those of you who are visual people like me can see what I'm talking about. Needless to say, my first slipper is a lot more "special" than the second one. Unless I point out the issues though, you can't tell that its kinda twisted and wonky because felting concealed a number of the issues.
* I knit mine with a single strand of worsted weight yarn vs. the double strand that is recommended. Mostly because I didn't want to waste a ton of yarn on the first pair just in case they didn't turn out so good. I personally tend not to like hot feet and even single stranded, these babies are plenty warm and comfy. The sole is still nice and squishy and they're quite sturdy. I also didn't add the beads because I plan to needle felt designs on the tops of the slippers (though the beading is a very clever technique I plan to use on future clogs).
* I'd highly recommend that you knit a test slipper first (or don't be afraid to frog) to get the hang of the ktch and ptch. It makes so much more sense to me now that I'm working on the second pair and I wish that I'd frogged the first slipper instead of plodding ahead.
* You can adjust the finished size by pulling them out of the wash sooner. After the first 10 minutes of felting, I could have easily blocked the clogs to fit my husband who wears a size 9.
* Use a row counter! There are several places where you go back and repeat certain rows and without a row counter, it can get very confusing.
* I would guess that you could get child sized clogs by knitting with DK weight yarn and using the same instructions for the regular clogs. I'm not sure that I'd try to adjust the pattern otherwise. Anyone else with the pattern have any suggestions?

Trust the process and the pattern instructions. They are very well written and won't steer you wrong. The finished result is worth it! Best of luck!

PS. I've been writing up a couple of patterns myself and can completely understand why this pattern is $7. Sure you can buy a lot of yarn with $7 but you won't find a free pattern online that can compare to this one.

« Last Edit: November 29, 2006 10:29:23 AM by indigomuse » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2006 07:11:44 PM »

How do you block these?
I would like to make these for my husband, without him knowing.
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