It is an easy pattern and very forgiving of any mistakes because you felt the whole clog after you knit it and it ‘hides’ any boo-boos. The part that makes it hard is the blue paper with black lettering. I solved this by going to the library and enlarging and re-printing it.It’s still dark, but I can read this much easier and use a yellow sticky notes to follow the pattern. The pattern looks harder than it really is, and it knits up quickly. This is one slipper before it’s felted.
I also have something else I have changed. I knit all four bottom/ soles at the beginning. When it comes to knitting the upper part of the clog I put two soles together then and not at the end of the project. This is faster than picking up stitches and then casting off stitches, at least for me. I also think it’s subconscious but if the soles are finished first then the upper parts go together so fast that I think I finish the project faster on the whole.
I felted the slipper by using an old washboard and using hot water and soap I ‘washed the slippers soapy. Then rinsed them in cold water to really shock the fibers. I then wrung them out and threw them in the dryer for one cycle.
These are a great project for gift giving: they knit up fairly quickly, you can use up odd balls of wool yarn and make a very colorful pairs, and the finished slipper is thick and warm which hold up terrifically during the winter. There are directions for adding a leather sole, I’ve never made a pair with the leather soles, but I’m sure that would be a nice finish.
Give them a try….