Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fun with Felting


I finally got around to making little swatches for felting. I made a sc square, a dc square, a dc circle, and a dc adult size hat. I should have known better and done this much earlier, but I am so glad I did it now. To make my sc square I chained 11, and starting with second chain from hook, sc in each stitch across to get a swatch 10 sc wide. I sc for 11 rows. Then I chained 16, and then made a dc swatch 10 stitches wide. I did 6 rows of dc. I chained 10 more stitches, then worked 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Closed w/ sl stitch in 1st dc. Increased 10 dc evenly for 3 more rounds for a total of 4 rounds and 40 stitches. Then I made my basic dc adult sized hat that goes to the bottom of the ears. I measured each piece and then threw it into the washing machine with a couple of other items to be felted.




Swatch .................Prefelted..... Felted..... % change


sc square 10 sc wide........ 2.75" ......... 2.25" ........... 20 %


............... 11 sc rows .........2.75" .......... 2.5" ............. 10 %


dc square 10 dc wide...... 2.75"........... 2.25" ........... 20 %


.................6 dc rows........ 2.75" .......... 2.25" ........... 20 %


dc circle 4 rounds .......... 4" ................ 3.125" ........ 20 %
The hat is a little hard to measure because it is still damp and drying, and I have to crush it to measure it. But rough measurements suggest it was 8" high when folded flat and 20" in circumference before felting. Post-felting it is about 6" high and 18" in circumference.

1 comment:

Gail said...

Hey... I tagged you for a meme. Check out my blog for the details. BTW, thanks again for the baby hats.