For my Machine Knitting friends here is my "recipe" for making felted wool slippers on my Bulky Knitting Machine. My machine is a Brother KH-260, tension is set at 7.
I used a variety of leftover worsted weight wool. Mostly gotten from Micheals or thrift stores. This pattern is written in very basic form and assumes that the maker is a fairly experienced Machine knitter so I don't go into detail about how to ewrap cast-on, make a heel, etc.
Here is how I made them:
Cast on 27 sts.with e-wrap cast on using your cuff color.
Knit 6 rows in cuff color (or you could use your garter bar and do garter stitch for 6 rows. Don't have a garter bar?.......well, I happen to know where you can get one! (wink)
change to heel color and knit your heel, short rowing down to 11 sts then increasing back up to all stitches in work.
change to bottom foot color and knit 40 rows.
change to toe color and knit toe same as heel
change to top foot color and knit 40 rows
Knit 6 rows in cuff color and then bind off.
I sewed the seam on my sewing machine with as small a seam allowance as possible 1/8" or so, but you can also sew the sides shut using mattress stitch.
I felted mine in my top-loader washing machine. Finally, trim up any furry wool, shape it by putting it on your foot (I know, it's cold, wet and yucky but you want to get a perfect fit to your foot), now set it aside to air dry. Enjoy! I would love to see slippers that others make.
***For those wanting a thicker version of this pattern, see in my blog that I posted a version of this pattern using DOUBLE strands of yarn. I also sell a hand-knit version of this on my website. Happy Knitting!