I am getting ready to work on two projects that involve felting so I have done two test pieces to see which method I like better.
The first project I have done is a pot holder using Bernat Felting Natural Wool. I knitted this on a size 15 needle using two strands of yarn.
Row 1-12 Knit
Row 12 K6, P7, K6
Row 13 K
Row 14 and every even row unitl 24th- repete row 12
Row 24-36 Knit
Bind off loosely
To felt: Felting is a simple concept, you are pretty much roughing up the fibers and slightly binding them together to make them stronger. I did mine the easy in the washing machine on HOT water when I washed my sheets. I added normal laundry detergent and baking soda like I normally do for linens.
I felted this twice because after the first felting I thought that it needed some more.
Over all I think that this was a pretty fun and easy project…it was a little like a science experiment. I know how much the yarn shrunk as a double strand and now I need to know the shrinkage as a single strand. Check out the next post!