Felt It!: 20 Fun & Fabulous Projects to Knit & Felt
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Knit something big, wash it in hot water, let it dry, and voila! You have a beautiful felted item, cozy and lush. Felt It! offers a range of projects, including flowered brooches, belts, bags, hats, scarves, pillows, and place mats. Maggie Pace guides you every step of the way and offers expert advice on how to pick the right yarn for the desired effect, prevent overshrinking, use household objects as molds, and use the right increase stitch to help with shaping.
The Challenge of Hats, page 19.) Once you are satisfied with the size, dry the hat upright, so the dome of the hat is facing the ceiling. Make sure the dome is rounded. If possible, find something to lift the hat so the earflaps can dry straight down. I use a small hat stand with a plastic bowl on top for this. Another option is to fill a flower pot with rocks, and poke a long knitting needle through the center. Balance a plastic bowl on the needle and slide the hat over the bowl. FINISHING
THE STEM NOTE For the increases, knit into the front and back of a stitch to make two stitches. (See All Increases Are Not the Same on page 30.) SET UP Using CB, cast on 4 stitches to start an I-cord. (See What’s an I-Cord? on page 55.) ROW 1 Knit to end of row. ROW 2 Without turning work, slide stitches across needle. Pull the yarn tightly from the end of the row behind the needle and knit to end of row. ROWS 3–70 Repeat Row 2. ROWS 71–78 Knit to middle of row, Inc 1, knit to end of row.
three-dimensional object that has a hard time holding its shape as it’s drying. If you place a wet hat on the counter and the brim is sitting correctly and the dome of the hat isn’t caving in, don’t mold it. Let it dry just like that and it will turn out fine. But if you have a hat that’s too small and needs to be stretched, or its center is caving in, it will have a better and longer-lasting shape if you mold it. You can also use your fingers to do the molding. You’ll be surprised at how much
and let it dry. I use this technique for any item that has wavy edges, like the Tied Scarf (page 107). The key to success in this technique is to let it dry completely before moving it. Think of rolling slightly damp hair in curlers. The hair will hold its curl longer if it is totally dry before taking the rollers out. COMPRESSING Compressing picks up where pinning leaves off. If you have pinned an item that needs to be flat, but it refuses to cooperate and it continues to pop up, try
diameter YARN Knit Picks, Merino Style, 100% Merino wool, DK weight, 123 yds (112 m)/1¾ oz (50 g) Petal 23449, 1 ball Honey 23448, 1 ball Asparagus 23451, 1 ball Rhubarb 23443, 1 ball Knit Picks, Wool of the Andes, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, worsted weight, 110 yds (100.5 m)/1¾ oz (50 g) Rain 23768, 1 ball NEEDLES US #10 (6 mm) straight needles GAUGE Any worsted-weight or DK-weight wool that will felt should yield the correct proportions, no matter your tension. The lighter weight