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Slippers materials and slippers double knitted?
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Nov 14, 2012 22:13:28   #
I've been "lurking" on this forum for a while now, and learned a LOT. Thank you.

I've experimented with a couple of slipper patterns and am happy with the results. I would like to get your opinions on 2 things:
1) What are the best fibers to use for slippers? My mother-in-law always uses acrylic, but I'm thinking of using wool. My main focuses would be durability and comfort.
2) Has anyone here tried double knitting slippers? I'm wondering how this would work. Since I'm leaning toward wool for warmth, I would like something softer and less scratchy for the inside of the slipper. Any thoughts?

Thanks, Tammy
Nov 15, 2012 02:02:48   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
Yarn slippers on any flooring other than wall-to-wall carpeting are just plain dangerous - with the danger of serious personal injury rising as the person ages. Kids love to slip-n-slide - fairly skating - across hard-wood floors in them, but an older adult may end up with a broken hip.

You can sew on a leather sole - sold many places, but the ones I've seen most recently are on the Simplicity website. Another possibility is the application of a non-slip goop to the sole. Puffy paint? I don't remember the name.

Wool ... I really don't know how durable it may be.

My first pair of slippers were made with Aunt Lydia's Rug Yarn - back when it was 100% cotton. They didn't last long at all. :( I was a teenager then.

My next pairs were for my kids, and I used Phentex. It may be possible to wear out something made from it, but not quickly, and certainly not faster than a kid will outgrow them. Those slippers were all passed on - looking unworn.

The traditional pattern for them makes a very thick and cushy slipper. Because it's so thick, the feet stay warm; they're far from contact with the cold floor. If you knit tightly, they are cushier. I can't make them anymore; my hands don't want to knit so tightly anymore. :(
Nov 15, 2012 07:59:49   #
Grandma11 (a regular here)
I like onr sreand of worsted weight with one strand of a furry yarn
Nov 15, 2012 08:49:52   #
I have been using phentex.... It is a little difficult to work with. I use two strands.

Have fun... bert
Nov 15, 2012 15:58:07   #
soneka (a regular here)
I used Lion Brand Wool Ease for a pair that I just love - enough wool to be warm, but they are also soft. And washable/dryable.
Nov 15, 2012 16:37:57   #
Thanks for the quick replies. :-)

I will definitely look into the Phentex, even though it sounds difficult to work with.

Nov 15, 2012 17:14:31   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
tmfitzp wrote:
Thanks for the quick replies. :-)

I will definitely look into the Phentex, even though it sounds difficult to work with.

Of late, its clone is available in the local dollar stores - made in China, of course - but perhaps more easliy found and definitely cheaper than the real Phentex.

Hard to work with? Not really. Being un-spun - it's just very, very long fibres parallel to each other - it's not a yarn to knit without paying attention to the stitching. Eyes distracted = only a partial strand knitted! Elizabeth Zimmermann said the only sin in knitting was to split a stitch, so I pay attention when using such splitty yarns.

I still use it for cat-mats, bags, and the like. I gave away a big box of it, but still have plenty. :-D
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