Felted Sunday boots

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Sized for Mum, Dad and the kids, these boots will keep the whole family warm. Knitted in a tweed-effect wool yarn on two needles, the Fair Isle effect is created by slipping stitches and is continued across the sole. A fter knitting, the socks are felted to create a beautiful blurring of the colours and then finished with zips.

UPPER (MAKE 2)

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 81 [93,117,129] sts. Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl. Break off yarn A and join yarn B. Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: Purl. Break off yarn B and join yarn E. Row 5: K2, (si i, k3) to last 3 sts, si 1, k2. Row 6: P2, (si 1, P3) to last 3 sts, si 1, p2.

See steps 1-2

Rows 7-8: Repeat rows 5-6 once. Break off yarn E and join yarn C. Row 9: Knit. Row 10: Purl.

Rows 11-12: Repeat rows 9-10 once. Break off yarn C and join yarn D.

Start shaping XS only as follows.

Row 13: (Ki, k2tog) twice, k2, (si 1, k3) to last 9 sts, si 1, k2,

Row 15: (Ki, k2tog) twice, (si 1, k3) to last 7 sts, si 1, (k2tog, ki) twice (73 sts).

Row 16: P4, (si 1, P3) to last 5 sts, si 1, P4. Continue S, M and L only as follows. Row 13: (SI 1, k3) to last st, si 1. Row 14: (SI 1, P3) to last st, si 1. Rows 15-16: Repeat rows 13-14 once.

Continue the slip-stitch pattern on row 6 by slipping the same stitches from the left to the right needle without working them. This creates a Fair Isle effect.

before you start

XS - Extra small to fit 15cm (6in) long foot

S - Small to fit 18cm (7m) long foot M - Medium to fit 24cm (9'/>in) long foot

YARN

DK-weight tweed-effect yarn (100% pure new wool; approx. H3m/i23yds per 50g/20z ball) in 4 colours: A Brown x 1 ball B Green x 1 ball C Red x 1 ball D Mustard x 1 ball 4ply tweed-effect yarn (100% pure new wool; approx. nom/i2oyds per 25g/ioz ball) in 1 colour:

Yarn E is used doubled throughout

OTHER MATERIALS

Two medium-weight closed-end zips in matching colours; 15cm (6in) long for XS and S sizes, and 18cm (7m) long for M and L sizes

NEEDLES

Two 5.5mm straight needles

TENSION

23 sts x 36 rows = 10cm (4in) in slip-stitch stripe pattern using 5.5mm needles after felting (see page 59)

ABBREVIATIONS

k - knit; mik - make 1 stitch knitwise; mip - make 1 stitch purlwise; p - purl; RS - right side; si - slip stitch purlwise from left to right needle without working it, keeping yarn on WS of work; st(s) - stitch(es); tog -together; WS - wrong side

Continue pattern for all sizes as follows, alternating colours as set by rows 1-16 and shaping as instructed.

Row 17: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice (69 [89,113,125] sts). Row 18: Purl.

Row 19 (XS only): Cast off 6 sts knitwise at beginning of row, then knit to end (63 sts).

Row 19 (S, M and L only): As row 17 (85 [109,121] sts). Row 20 (XS only): Cast off 6 sts purlwise at beginning of row, then purl to end (57 sts). Row 20 (S, M and L only): Purl.

Row 21 (All sizes): (Ki, k2tog) twice, (si 1, k3) to last 7 sts, si 1, (k2tog, ki) twice (53 [81,105,117] sts).

Row 23: (Ki, k2tog) twice, k2, (si l, k3) to last 9 sts, si 1, k2,

Row 25 (XS and L only): (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts,

Row 25 (S and M only): Cast off 8 sts knitwise at beginning of row, then knit to end (69 [93] sts). Row 26 (XS and L only): Purl.

Row 26 (S and M only): Cast off 8 sts purlwise at beginning of row, then purl to end (61 [85] sts).

Row 27 (All sizes): (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts,

Row 29 (XS, S and M only): (Ki, k2tog) twice, k2, (si 1, k3) to last 9 sts, si 1, k2, (k2tog, ki) twice (37 [53, 77] sts). Row 29 (L only): Cast off 12 sts knitwise at beginning of row, (si 1, k3) to last st, si 1 (93 sts).

Row 30 (XS, S and M only): P2, (si 1, p3) to last 3 sts, si 1, p2.

Row 30 (L only): Cast off 12 sts purlwise at beginning of row,

Complete XS only as follows.

Rows 33-36: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch.

Row 37: (SI 1, k3) to last st, si 1. Row 38: (SI 1, P3) to last st, si 1. Cast off knitwise. S, M and L continue as follows.

Row 31: (Ki, k2tog) twice, k2, (si 1, k3) to last 9 sts, si 1, k2,

Row 33: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice

Complete S only as follows.

Row 35: Ki, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, ki (43 sts). Row 36: Purl.

Rows 39-40: Repeat rows 37-38 once.

Rows 41-44: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch.

The upper piece is shaped in several ways, including knitting two stitches together (k2tog) to decrease by one stitch.

Another shaping technique is to cast off stitches knitwise at the beginning of a RS row.

To keep the shaping symmetrical, the same number of stitches are cast off purlwise at the beginning of the following WS row.

Cast off knitwise. M and L continue as follows. Row 35: As row 33 (65 [69] sts). Row 36: Purl.

Row 37: (Ki, k2tog) twice, k2, (si 1, k3) to last 9 sts, si 1, k2,

Row 39: (Ki, k2tog) twice, (si 1, k3) to last 7 sts, si 1, (k2tog, ki) twice (57 [61] sts).

Row 41: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice

Work another 20 [28] rows in pattern without shaping. Cast off knitwise.

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 5 I7. 5. 9) sts. Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Pi, mip, purl to last st, mip, pi (7 [9, 7,11] sts).

Break off yarn A and join yarn B.

Row 3: Ki, mik, knit to last st, mik, ki (9 [11, 9,13] sts).

Row 4: Purl. Break off yarn B and join yarn E.

Row 5 (XS and S only): K2 [3], si 1, k3, si 1, k2 [3].

Row 5 (M and L only): Ki, mik, ki, (si 1, k3) once [twice], si 1, ki, mik, ki (11 [15] sts).

Row 6 (All sizes): P2 [3, 3, 3], (si 1, P3) to last 3 [4, 4, 4] sts, si 1, p2 [3, 3, 3].

Rows 5-6 set the slip-stitch pattern as on the upper pieces. Continue in pattern as set; the following instructions specify shapings and first row of slip-stitch band only. Row 7: Pattern; mik at each end for S only (9 [13,11,15] sts). Row 8: Pattern.

Break off yarn E and join yarn C.

Row 11: Knit; mik at each end for S only (11 [15,13,17] sts). Row 12: Purl. Break off yarn C and join yarn D. Row 13: Ki [3, 2, 2], (si 1, k3) to last 2 [4, 3, 3] sts, si 1, ki [3. 2, 2].

Rows 14-16: Pattern; mik at each end of row 15 for XS and S only (13 [17,13,17] sts).

Continue pattern, alternating colours as set by rows 1-16. Rows 17-20: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch; mik at each end of row 17 for M and L only; mip at each end of row 20 for XS and S only (15 [19,15,19] sts).

felting

This is a process of shrinking a woollen fabric by washing it in soapy water to bind the fibres together to create a more solid and fluffy fabric. Felting will not work with superwash wools, cottons or synthetic yarns. It can be done by hand but is easier in a washing machine.

Felting is very much a case of trial and error, because the water temperature and agitation strength of each washing machine varies. Too cool a wash for too short a time and the fabric will not shrink enough; too hot a wash for too long and your knitting could resemble concrete. It is therefore a good idea to felt the tension test swatch first, remembering to work a couple of extra stitches and rows to allow for the fabric edges rolling and to make measuring more accurate.

Wash the piece at 40°C (ioo°F) on your machine's quick or half-wash programme (approx. 30-40 minute long) using about cup of a detergent suitable for wool use. Putting a towel into the wash will contribute to the felting process. When the wash cycle is complete, ease the damp swatch into shape by patting and smoothing as necessary. Allow to air dry and then measure the swatch.

If the swatch is smaller than the specified tension in the pattern, the piece has felted too much, so shorten the wash cycle. If it is larger, wash for a bit longer. It is important that you keep notes of all details while you experiment so that you can repeat it successfully with the finished project.

Row 21: Ki [3,1,1], (si 1, k3) to last 2 [4, 2, 2] sts, si 1, ki[3,1.1].

Rows 22-24: Pattern.

Rows 25-28: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch; mik at each end of row 25 for M and L only; mip at each end of row 28 for XS and S only (17 [21,17, 21] sts).

Row 29: K4 [3, 4, 4], (si 1, k3) to last 5 [4, 5, 5] sts, si 1, k4 [3. 4, 4l-

Rows 30-32: Pattern.

Rows 33-36: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch; mik at each end of row 33 for M and L only (17 [21,19, 23] sts).

Row 37: K2 [0, 3, 3], (si 1, k3) to last 3 [1, 4, 4] sts, si 1, k2 [0, 3, 3].

Rows 38-40: Pattern.

Rows 41-44: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch; mik at each end of row 43 for M and L only; p2tog at each end of row 44 for XS only (15 [21, 21, 25] sts).

Row 45: K3 [2, 2, 2], (si 1, k3) to last 4 [3, 3, 3] sts, si 1, k3 [2, 2, 2].

Rows 46-48: Pattern.

Rows 49-52: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch; mik at each end of row 51 for M only; k2tog at each end of row 51 for XS only; p2tog at each end of row 52 for S only (13 [19, 23, 25] sts). Complete XS only as follows. Row 53: K2tog, k2, si 1, k3, si 1, k2, k2tog (11 sts). Row 54: P2tog, pi, si 1, P3, si 1, pi, p2tog (9 sts).

Row 55: K2tog, si 1, k3, si 1, k2tog (7 sts). Row 56: P2tOg, P3, P2t0g (5 sts). Cast off knitwise. Continue S, M and L as follows.

Row 53: K3 [1, 4], (si 1, k3) to last 4 [2, 5] sts, si 1, k3 [1, 4]. Rows 54-56: Pattern.

Rows 57-60: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch; p2tog at each end of rows 58 and 60

Complete S only as follows.

Row 62: P2tog, pi, (si 1, p3) twice, si 1, pi, p2tog (13 sts).

Cast off knitwise.

Continue M and L as follows.

Row 61: K3 [2], (si 1, k3) to last 4 [3] sts, si 1, k3 [2].

Rows 62-64: Pattern.

Rows 65-68: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in stocking stitch.

Row 69: Ki [4], (si 1, k3) to last 2 [5] sts, si 1, ki [4]. Rows 70-72: Pattern.

Row 73 (M only): K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog (21 sts). Row 73 (L only): Knit (25 sts).

Rows 74-76 (Both sizes): Beginning with a purl row, work three rows in stocking stitch.

Row 77: K2tog, (si 1, k3) to last 3 sts, si 1, k2tog (19 [23] sts). Rows 78-80: Pattern; p2tog at each end of row 79 for M only (17 [23] sts).

Rows 81-84: Beginning with a knit row, work four rows in

Bring the needle to the front of the work and sew it in place along the edge of the fabric using backstitch. Remove the pins when you have finished.

Fold the upper piece RS together and sew the centre front seam using a fine backstitch.

With RS facing you, pin the zip in place so that the edges of the fabric reach the teeth of the zip. Using sewing thread in a toning colour, sew the edge of the zip in place on the WS.

Bring the needle to the front of the work and sew it in place along the edge of the fabric using backstitch. Remove the pins when you have finished.

Fold the upper piece RS together and sew the centre front seam using a fine backstitch.

With RS facing you, pin the zip in place so that the edges of the fabric reach the teeth of the zip. Using sewing thread in a toning colour, sew the edge of the zip in place on the WS.

stocking stitch; k2tog at each end of rows 81 and 83 for M only; k2tog at each end of row 83 for L only (13 [21] sts). Row 85: K2tog, ki [0], (si 1, k3) once [four] times, si 1, ki [0], k2tog (9 [19] sts).

Row 86 (m only): P2tog, pattern to last 2 sts, p2tog (7 sts). Cast off knitwise. Complete Las follows. Row 86: Pattern (19 sts).

Row 87: K2tog, k3, (si 1, k3) three times, k2tog (17 sts). Row 88: P4, (si 1, P3) to last St, pi. Rows 89-94: Beginning with a knit row, work six rows in stocking stitch; k2tog at each end of rows 89, 91, and 93; p2tog at each end of rows 92 and 94 (7 sts). Cast off knitwise.

FINISHING

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces. Fold the upper pieces lengthways with RS facing. Sew the centre front seam, beginning at cast-on edge and finishing at start of decreasing.

see also

Blanket stitch, page 47 (step 7) Felting, page 59

Turn the upper piece RS out. Position the sole so that its cast-on edge is at the centre back of the upper section and the top seam of the upper piece is in the centre of the cast-off edge of the sole. Sew in place on RS using blanket stitch and matching coloured yarn. Repeat for the other boot. Felt the boots and allow to dry thoroughly, stuffing them with paper to enhance the shape if necessary. When dry, sew a zip in place.

See step 6

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