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Knit One, Felt Too: Discover the Magic of Knitted Felt with 25 Easy Patterns

Knit One, Felt Too: Discover the Magic of Knitted Felt with 25 Easy Patterns

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Knit One, Felt Too: Discover the Magic of Knitted Felt with 25 Easy Patterns

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233 pages
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Aug 22, 2012
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9781612122021
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Easy enough for beginners and exciting enough to inspire experts, felted knitting offers endless possibilities for creative crafting. The method is simple and magical — knit the project large and loose, wash it in hot water, and see it transformed into a soft and cozy garment or accessory. Kathleen Taylor encourages you to explore the possibilities of felted knitting with 25 spectacular projects that include mittens, slippers, hats, bags, stuffed animals, and more. Embellish your life with unique and stylishly comfortable creations. 

Sortie:
Aug 22, 2012
ISBN:
9781612122021
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

A prolific writer and crafter, Kathleen Taylor is the author of Knit One, Felt Too, and has written more than 500 articles and reviews for craft magazines. 

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Knit One, Felt Too - Kathleen Taylor

Knit One, Felt Too

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF KNITTED FELT WITH 25 EASY PATTERNS

Kathleen Taylor

THIS BOOK IS FOR MY MOM, LONA PRATER,

WHO TAUGHT ME HOW TO KNIT, AND FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTERS,

ADDY JO AND SOPHIE, WHOM I HOPE TO TEACH.

The mission of Storey Publishing is to serve our customers by

publishing practical information that encourages

personal independence in harmony with the environment.

Edited by Gwen Steege and Margaret Radcliffe

Art direction by Cynthia McFarland

Cover and text design by Vertigo Design NYC

Cover and text photography by Ben Fink

Color consultant for knitted projects: Leslie Voiers

Illustrations on pages 7–157 by Elayne Sears and on pages 171–74 by Alison Kolesar

Text production by Jennifer Jepson Smith

Indexed by Susan Olason, Indexes & Knowledge Maps

© 2003 by Kathleen Taylor

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages or reproduce illustrations in a review with appropriate credits; nor may any part of this book be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means — electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or other — without written permission from the publisher.

The information in this book is true and complete to the best of our knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of the author or Storey Publishing. The author and publisher disclaim any liability in connection with the use of this information. For additional information please contact Storey Publishing, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.

Storey books are available for special premium and promotional uses and for customized editions. For further information, please call 1-800-793-9396.

Printed in Hong Kong by Elegance Printing

10 9 8 7

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA

Taylor, Kathleen, 1953–

Knit one, felt too: Discover the magic of knitted felt with 25 easy patterns/by Kathleen Taylor.

     p. cm.

ISBN 978-1-58017-497-8 (alk. paper)

1. Knitting-Patterns. 2. Felting. I. Title.

TT820.T36 2003

746.48’2043-dc21                                          2003050558

Contents

1 Honey, I Shrunk Your Sweater

2 It’s All in the Bag

AN EVENING BAG WITH GLITZ

LUNCH BAG CARRYALL

SOFT-AND-THICK SHOULDER BAG

SCALLOPS AND BEADS

SECRET TREASURES

3 At the Drop of a Hat

A CLASSIC CLOCHE

STRIPES AND CURLICUES

PERUVIAN-STYLE HAT

FLUFFY EARMUFF COVERS

SLIPSTITCH HEADBAND

DOUBLE-CUFF MITTENS

TOUCH-OF-FUR SCARF

4 Getting on Your Feet

BUNNY HOPPERS

FUZZY TODDLER SLIPPERS

CHECKERBOARD SLIPPERS

STRIPED SLIPPER SOCKS

SLIDE-ON SLIPPERS

5 Felt Around the House

STRIPED TEDDY BEAR

PILLOW GRIDLOCK

NOVELTY YARN PILLOWS

WINE SACK

DRAFT BLOCKER

TEA COZY

TROPICAL STRIPES OVEN SET

FURRY TOP CHRISTMAS STOCKING

KNITTING TERMS DEFINED

INDEX

1

Honey, I Shrunk Your Sweater


I grew up in the Polyester Era, so I was middle-aged before I personally encountered the Shrunken Sweater Syndrome, though I knew a few unlucky souls who accidentally machine washed an expensive wool sweater with unfortunate results. I assumed that wool was delicate and that merely washing it made it shrink. But I’ve since learned that rather than the washing that causes the shrinkage, it’s the combination of hot water, agitation, and detergent that causes the scales on the wool fibers to lift and adhere to each other. That adherence causes the fabric to contract, and that contraction causes the wool to shrink and become thick and fuzzy.


The Magic of Knitted Felt

Unplanned thick fuzziness can cause us to scream and tear our hair out, especially when we discover that a $400 cashmere sweater no longer fits anyone over the age of three. But once you’ve created that loose-knit, oversize object that you actually intend to shrink, you’ll discover that you can use wool’s natural shrinking ability to your advantage — and you’ll become completely hooked on knitted felt. Taking control is not as difficult as you might think, as you’ll soon find out when you knit your first project — and felt it, too. How you go about the felting process, the materials you use, and the length of time you agitate the wool all have a bearing on how the project shrinks.

FIRST I DID IT THE HARD WAY

My very first knitted felt project was a wool roll-brim cap. Following the hints I found on the Internet, I used big needles to knit a hat that would fit a giant, and then dropped it into a sink full of hot, soapy water, and waited gleefully for it to turn into lovely, thick felt. I swished it around. I swooshed it around. I scrubbed and twisted and sloshed it until my hands turned to prunes. I worked on that hat until my wrists felt like they were going to fall off. As directed, I periodically plunged it into a bowl of icy water.

After forty-five minutes of intense labor, I had a really clean hat that hadn’t shrunk at all.

I scrubbed some more.

I plunged some more.

I continued until I thought I was going to drop, and the silly hat still didn’t felt.

THEN I DID IT THE EASY WAY

I asked around and was assured that if I continued scrubbing, the hat would eventually turn into felt. Eventually sounded like a very long time, so I threw it in the washing machine. I set the load for as small as the machine would allow. I set the water temperature to Hot Wash/Cold Rinse and added some detergent. I turned the machine on, and then I listened to some music while the washer did the work for me.

Believe it or not, the floppy, oversized bag in progress on the left really will shrink down and shape up to look like the stylish hat on the right after being felted.

Of course, it didn’t do the work all at once. After one complete washer cycle, I inspected the hat. Sure enough, it had shrunk

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