Fiber Trends Clogs

davidUK's picture

Dear All,

I'm just about to embark on the Fiber Trends Clog pattern as lots of you recommended a while back. For us knitters across the pond, there are a few U.S.isms I'm not sure about.

I need 675 yards - how does that convert into grammes. We never have yardage on the wool..

What worsted weight? If that's the really thick stuff, do you still have to work with a double strand?

We don't have washing machines in the UK that you can open mid-cycle - so how else can I felt?

I know lots of you have done this pattern for friends and loved ones. Any help gratefully appreciated.

David

There's a good article in

There's a good article in the Fall 2007 issue of Knitty that shows how you can felt without a washing machine.
http://www.knitty.com/issuefall07/FEATfeltingoldway.html

Serge664's picture

I used two strands of

I used two strands of worsted which is usually the same as one strand of chunky.

unfortunately yards and grams wont directly convert.

at least over here, worsted weight would be the same thickness as the most common acrylic afghan yarns.

Both worsted and aran are both considered medium weight and i would think they can be used interchangeably.

http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html

Also, Lars is right about the soles wearing out.

You can use rug backing (a rubber goo) on the bottoms to give it some traction. It was the only way i could wear them on my wood floors and not break something.

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

i always get my wool from

i always get my wool from texere yarns. If you go to .......

http://www.texere.co.uk/index.php?yarn=bulk&display=20

....the last item "chunky wool" is perfect for the clogs and it comes in lots of fantastic colours. I'm now just about to finish my second pair. For an adult an size I used 4-5 balls of the sole/cuff colour and 3 balls for the uppers. It felts beautifully! When I felted my last pair I just left it to run its cycle on a quick wash and had to put them through the cycle a few more times. As long as you've got a couple of old towels or a pair of old jeans to put in with them they should be ok.

Let us know how they turn out.

Texere also give yardages

Texere also give yardages for their yarns. The prices are pretty good too.

teejtc's picture

Someone's probably going to

Someone's probably going to get mad at me for saying this, but the good thing about that particular clog pattern is that your gauge isn't really as important as a lot of other patterns. You can felt it to the size you want. If you end up knitting a little small... felt it less.... If it's a little bigger than expected... felt it more.

You don't need boiling water to felt... just hot tap tap water and agitation. I've heard of someone actually felting in the tub... a large sink would probably work too.

Grace and Peace,
`tim

Many brands sold in England

Many brands sold in England now have ball bands with yardage on them, and if yours don't you can look up the manufacturer and the information is given for each yarn. Rowan Yarns certainly have all the information on their site and on their ball bands.

Worsted weight is usually somewhere between 18-20 stitches/4 inches on 4 - 5.5mm needles, which covers a thick double knitting to a 10ply Aran weight. From personal experience I would say it is nearer the Aran weight, but it depends on the tension square. It is sometimes annoying to have to make different tension square, but it's worth it to get it right. Good luck with them.