Frequently Asked Questions
We've gotten some great questions so far in our Knitalong Welcome! thread, and I wanted to share the most frequent questions and answers here in case you were wondering the same thing.
1. Can I Do Two-at-a-Time? - Yes!
You can knit these slippers two-at-a-time if you like! You’ll still be knitting flat, keep in mind.
You’ll just knit across one slipper row with one yarn, and then across the same row on the other slipper with the other yarn.
2. Can I Knit the Slippers in a Single Color? - Yes!
You can absolutely knit the slippers in just one color.
One thing that will help is marking the end of each block as you knit with a stitch marker, even though you will not be changing colors.
So if you are doing the child size, you’re to knit 28 rows before “changing colors” even though you’ll just continue knitting with the same yarn. You’ll count your rows along with the video, and just put a stitch marker in every 28 rows.
When you’re preparing your seams, this will make it easier to see where the block edges are.
3. Can I Use Circular Needles? - Yes!
You can knit this flat project back and forth on circular needles.
No need to buy straight needles for this project if you are comfortable using your circulars to knit flat.
4. My Yarn Isn't 100% Wool. Can I Test My Yarn To See If It Will Felt? I Don't Have A Washing Machine. - Yes!
If you would like to use yarn you already have and it's not 100% wool, you can test to see if it will felt anyway.
Students have had luck with 70% wool/30%-something-else blends, so your yarn may work, too!
Just knit a swatch, measure its size, and then follow your class's felting-by-hand directions to felt your swatch in hot water in the sink. You can also try using the washer.
See if it shrinks. If the stitches disappear and the swatch shrinks to about 60-70% of its original size, you can use that yarn.
5. Can I Use Worsted Yarn? - Yes!
You can use worsted yarn without a problem. If you have size 11 needles you can use size 11s.
You may end up felting the slippers a bit longer so that they shrink down to size. There’s so much variation that happens when felting that you really have a lot of leeway as to what yarn and needles you use.
Any Questions? Leave a Comment
If you have any questions, leave a comment here or on any knitalong lesson, or just hit "reply" to any knitalong email you receive. Looking forward to knitting with you!