Furniture Feet – a free pattern

These are well known to my regular readers. But i think they deserve a home on my new page. So here they are again – my furniture feet. They are still in use and they work very well.  There are several versions of them on ravlery, some white as the driven snow, some striped and some colorful.

Here is the very simple pattern so you can make you very own furniture feet to protect your floor and eliminate that irritating chair scratching!

Furniture feet

Materials: Ístex plötulopi (Icelandic unspun wool). The yarn is used triple in this project. You can also use Álafoss lopi or other bulky feltable wool.

6 mm (US 10) dpns
A darning needle

Gauge: An exact gauge is not important as the “socks” are heavily felted. But it’s recommended to knit the rather loosely to facilitate the felting. So if you know yourself to be a tight knitter you might consider to go up a needle size.

Size: These “socks” fit chairs that are appropriately 3.5cm a side, that is 14 cm a round. That means that each cm (0.4in) on the chair leg equals one stitch cast on. So you can very easily calculate how many stitches you need for just your chairs.

Tips on plötulopi

The plötulopi is used triple in this project. That is you knit with three strands of the yarn. You can knit directly from the plates or you can gently wind three strands together by taking the end from the centre and the end from the outside of the plates. Plötulopi is rather fragile. If the yarn breaks you simply overlap the ends a bit and continue as nothing had happened.

Cast on 14 stitches loosely with three strands of plötulopi and distribute them on dpn’s. Join, be careful to to twist. Knit 20 rounds.
*k2tog* all the next round = 8 stitches
*k2tog* all the next round = 4 stitches

Break the yarn and thread through the remaining loops. Pull it tight and secure it ends.

Now the “sock” should look something like this :

When you have made three more (or as many as you want), it’s time for the really interesting part: the felting.

The felting

There are two schools on this. Those who hand felt and those who machine felt. Machine felting is much faster and easier, but it requires some care as each machine felts differently. So if you haven’t felted before, it can be a good idea to start with a short programme and a low heat (40°C – 32 F) and increase if that is not enough. It’s a good idea to use a washing bag or something similar and two old towels or so to increase agitation. You want the “socks” to be really tight, so tight in fact that you have to use considerable force to put them on. That way they stay put.
They probably look like a mess when they are felted enough,

but don’t worry, you can form them when wet and all creases even out when you force them on the chair leg.

It’s best to form them on the chair leg and then remove them carefully to dry.
Don’t be afraid to use a little violence, the felted fabric can stand a lot of pulling and tugging.
Let the socks dry completely before you put them in use.

To hand felt you need a basin or a sink filled with hot water. Add a few drops of dish-washing liquid and use your hands to swish the wool around and rub it together. You need a lot of agitation so rubber gloves are a good idea. Felting by hand can take a long time so patience is the key. When done, rinse the socks well, squeeze out the water and let dry.

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