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.
making it a perfect match with jeans. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (See Plan of Action at right) YARN Peruvian Collection Highland Wool, 100% wool, worsted weight, 109 yds (100 m)/1.75 oz (50 g) CA Pottery Red 2120, 1 ball CB Dusty Rose 2507, 1 ball CC Rose Pink 7132, 1 ball CD Claret 2020, 1 ball NEEDLES For the Simple Stripes Belt and the Inverted C Belt One US #10 (6 mm) circular needle, 24″ (60 cm) long For the Check-This Belt US #10 (6 mm) straight needles GAUGE Any worsted-weight
style, try the Four-in-One Brooch on page 29. SIZES AND FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Size 1, Toddler 17″–18″ (43 cm–45.5 cm) Size 2, Child 19″–20″ (48 cm–50.5 cm) Size 3, Adult Medium 21″–22″ (53.5 cm–56 cm) Size 4, Adult Large 23″–24″ (58.5–61 cm) YARN Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran, 85% wool/10% silk/5% cashmere, 93 yds (85 m)/1¾ oz (50 g) MC Opal 110, 2 balls CC Empire 137, 1 ball NEEDLES One US #10 (6 mm) circular needle, 16″ (40 cm) long for sizes 1 and 2 or 24″ (60 cm) long for sizes 3 and 4
This pillow is a great example of how knitted wool yarn shrinks considerably more lengthwise than widthwise. (See page 121.) ROW 22 P2tog. You now have 1 stitch. Break yarn and thread back through last stitch. Pull tight. Don’t weave in end. CROCHETING THE STEM Crochet a 6″ (15 cm) chain. If you don’t have a crochet hook, you can make a chain by hand. (See Spirals by Hand on page 68.) ATTACHING THE LEAF SPRIG Arrange leaves and stem as shown on page 119. (See also page 121.) Pin in
worked on tiny needles, the stitches are tightly compressed and it’s hard to get the yarn to break down. Add to this the fact that the dainty pieces don’t get very much agitation in the washing machine, and they simply won’t felt completely. If you know this before you start, you won’t get frustrated when you can still see some of the stitch definition, even after running it through the washer three times. Personally I like the texture of the jewelry with some stitch definition still showing.
yarn, it doesn’t respond to agitation the way larger pieces do and thus may not felt completely. BLOCKING While the bracelet is still wet, lay it on a towel. The petal tips tend to fold up, so you’ll have to splay, finger-press, and pin each one in place, then let the piece dry completely. SEWING ON THE BEADS When the bracelet is completely dry, use a beading needle and matching sewing thread to sew beads onto each petal tip and in the center of each petal. ADDING THE CLASP If necessary,