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sh i b o r i k n i t t e d felt

alison crowther-smith

shibori knitted felt

s h e e r s c a r f a n d w ra p
Very delicate and beautifully simple, this sheer scarf and wrap are
knitted in Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-Ply and Kidsilk Haze. The silk in the
Kidsilk Haze provides a resist to the felting process and the Scottish
Tweed felts gently, so the felted effect is subdued. The resulting fabric is
sheer and subtly striped. As a rule, you cant felt with Kidsilk Haze
unless you provide a structure, such as the stripes of alternating yarns
that I have used for this scarf. And you certainly cant felt it on its own,
unless you want felted pebbles.
The scarf can be worked plain or beaded, and in a choice of three
colorways. It is felted before the ruffle at each end is added, and there
are two ruffles to choose from. To emphasize the simple drama of the
beaded wrap, I didnt add a ruffle, but you could easily knit one
on if you like.

shibori knitted felt

s h e e r s c a r f a n d w ra p
Very delicate and beautifully simple, this sheer scarf and wrap are
knitted in Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-Ply and Kidsilk Haze. The silk in the
Kidsilk Haze provides a resist to the felting process and the Scottish
Tweed felts gently, so the felted effect is subdued. The resulting fabric is
sheer and subtly striped. As a rule, you cant felt with Kidsilk Haze
unless you provide a structure, such as the stripes of alternating yarns
that I have used for this scarf. And you certainly cant felt it on its own,
unless you want felted pebbles.
The scarf can be worked plain or beaded, and in a choice of three
colorways. It is felted before the ruffle at each end is added, and there
are two ruffles to choose from. To emphasize the simple drama of the
beaded wrap, I didnt add a ruffle, but you could easily knit one
on if you like.

shibori knitted felt

sheer scarf
Finished size

Completed scarf measures approximately 6W"(16cm) wide


by 62W" (158cm) long, excluding ruffle.

Yarn
2 x h/i oz (25g) balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in A (Violetta 633,

Jelly 597, or Nightly 585)


3 x h/i oz (25g) balls of Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-Ply in B

(Thistle 016, Apple 015, or Midnight 023)

Needles

Pair of size 3 (3.25mm) knitting needles

Notions

Beaded scarf only: Approximately 550 crystal 4mm


glass beads

Gauge before felting

26 sts and 38 rows to 4" (10cm) measured over stockinette

stitch using B and size 3 (3.25mm) needles or size necessary


to obtain correct gauge.

Abbreviations

bead 1 = bring yarn to front (RS) of work between two

needles, slide bead up next to st just worked, slip next

stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle and take

yarn back (WS) of work between two needles leaving bead


sitting on RS of work in front of slipped st.
See also page 109.

Special note

You can carry the Kidsilk Haze yarn up the side of the work
from stripe to stripe, loosely twisting the two yarns to-

gether at the end of the rowthis reduces the number

of ends to darn in. But do not carry the Scottish Tweed 4-Ply
from stripe to stripe because it will shrink when felted.

Scarf without beads

Work exactly as given for Beaded Scarf (below), but omitting beads by replacing each bead 1 with K1.

Beaded scarf

Thread beads onto B (see page 17).

Using size 3 (3.25mm) needles and A, cast on 52 sts loosely.


Starting with a K row, work in St st for 2 rows.
Now work beaded stripe patt as follows:
Cut off A and join in B.
Row 1 (RS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.

Row 3 [K7, bead 1] 6 times, K4.

(Note: On the rows following the rows the beads have been
placed on, purl the stitches behind the beads firmly to encourage the beads to remain at the front of the work.)
Row 4 Purl.

Rows 5 and 6 Rep rows 1 and 2.

Row 7 K3, [bead 1, K7] 6 times, K1.


Row 8 Purl.

Cut off B and join in A.


Row 9 Knit.

Row 10 Purl.

Rows 1114 [Rep rows 9 and 10] twice.

These 14 rows form beaded stripe patt.

Work in beaded stripe patt until there is insufficient of B

to work another beaded stripe, ending after 2 rows using A


and with RS facing for next row. Bind off loosely.

shibori knitted felt

sheer scarf
Finished size

Completed scarf measures approximately 6W"(16cm) wide


by 62W" (158cm) long, excluding ruffle.

Yarn
2 x h/i oz (25g) balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in A (Violetta 633,

Jelly 597, or Nightly 585)


3 x h/i oz (25g) balls of Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-Ply in B

(Thistle 016, Apple 015, or Midnight 023)

Needles

Pair of size 3 (3.25mm) knitting needles

Notions

Beaded scarf only: Approximately 550 crystal 4mm


glass beads

Gauge before felting

26 sts and 38 rows to 4" (10cm) measured over stockinette

stitch using B and size 3 (3.25mm) needles or size necessary


to obtain correct gauge.

Abbreviations

bead 1 = bring yarn to front (RS) of work between two

needles, slide bead up next to st just worked, slip next

stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle and take

yarn back (WS) of work between two needles leaving bead


sitting on RS of work in front of slipped st.
See also page 109.

Special note

You can carry the Kidsilk Haze yarn up the side of the work
from stripe to stripe, loosely twisting the two yarns to-

gether at the end of the rowthis reduces the number

of ends to darn in. But do not carry the Scottish Tweed 4-Ply
from stripe to stripe because it will shrink when felted.

Scarf without beads

Work exactly as given for Beaded Scarf (below), but omitting beads by replacing each bead 1 with K1.

Beaded scarf

Thread beads onto B (see page 17).

Using size 3 (3.25mm) needles and A, cast on 52 sts loosely.


Starting with a K row, work in St st for 2 rows.
Now work beaded stripe patt as follows:
Cut off A and join in B.
Row 1 (RS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.

Row 3 [K7, bead 1] 6 times, K4.

(Note: On the rows following the rows the beads have been
placed on, purl the stitches behind the beads firmly to encourage the beads to remain at the front of the work.)
Row 4 Purl.

Rows 5 and 6 Rep rows 1 and 2.

Row 7 K3, [bead 1, K7] 6 times, K1.


Row 8 Purl.

Cut off B and join in A.


Row 9 Knit.

Row 10 Purl.

Rows 1114 [Rep rows 9 and 10] twice.

These 14 rows form beaded stripe patt.

Work in beaded stripe patt until there is insufficient of B

to work another beaded stripe, ending after 2 rows using A


and with RS facing for next row. Bind off loosely.

shibori knitted felt

project gallery

Spiral Cushion Cover

Striped Scarf

Projects

Sheer Scarf and Wrap


Technique: Threading Beads
Bobble Cushion
Pleated Scarf
and Corsages
Technique: Felted Pleats
Beaded Scarf

Flower Bag

Ruffled Bag

Technique: Woven-in
Strands
Dots and Bars Blanket
Dots and Bars Cushion
Cover
Flower Bag
Striped Scarf

Daisy Bag

Hearts Throw

Leafy Place Mats


and Coasters

Twist Scarf
Nursery Motif Hangings

Bump Striped Bag

Spiral Cushion Cover

Technique: Felted Bumps

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Rosebud Scarf

Islands Scarf

Ruffled Bag

Twist Scarf

shibori knitted felt

project gallery

Spiral Cushion Cover

Striped Scarf

Projects

Sheer Scarf and Wrap


Technique: Threading Beads
Bobble Cushion
Pleated Scarf
and Corsages
Technique: Felted Pleats
Beaded Scarf

Flower Bag

Ruffled Bag

Technique: Woven-in
Strands
Dots and Bars Blanket
Dots and Bars Cushion
Cover
Flower Bag
Striped Scarf

Daisy Bag

Hearts Throw

Leafy Place Mats


and Coasters

Twist Scarf
Nursery Motif Hangings

Bump Striped Bag

Spiral Cushion Cover

Technique: Felted Bumps

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Rosebud Scarf

Islands Scarf

Ruffled Bag

Twist Scarf

sh i b o r i k n i t t e d felt
Transform your knitting with shibori

Add a new dimension to your knitting with the

application of shibori, the ancient Japanese process of

introducing resistant elements into textiles. Knitters who


already love knitted felt for its softness and durability

will take their skills to new heights with these wonderful


projects for garments, accessories, and home fashions.

By manipulating fabric to create unusual textures and


color effects, these projects delight with their fanciful
bobbles, pleats, ruffles, and embroidery stitches.

Create a delicate frilled scarf embellished with beads,


an embossed throw, a striped bump bag (made by

tying marbles into the fabric before washing to create


a bubbled texture), a pleated cape, a rosebud scarf, a
ruffled bag, and much more.
Also included:

Felting basics

Yarn types and equipment needed


Washing-temperature charts
Beautiful photographs

Step-by-step instructions
Templates for fun shapes

about the author


Alison Crowther-Smith has worked as one of Rowans
design consultants and teaches highly successful workshops in knitting and felting. She lives in the west of
England with her family.
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