How do you felt something in knitting?

I know you use the washing machine and dryer, I just don’t know how to do it!

3 Responses to “How do you felt something in knitting?”

  1. bnosidda says:

    I watch my mom, basically as far as I know you put it in the dryer

  2. Laura--music teacher says:

    To felt something you must have a shrinkable animal fiber yarn. It must not be a superwash wool.

    Felting occurs when there is heat and friction. When I felt I put the knitted item into a zippered pillowcase protector to keep the lint from clogging the machine.
    1. Turn your washing machine to the lowest water level, highest heat settings, and high agitation.
    2. Set the washer to the longest cycle.
    3. Place the item (in the pillowcase) in the washer with something tough (canvas shoes, old jeans, tennis balls).
    4. Some sources say to put a drop of a mild dish detergent (Ivory?) to speed up the felting process.
    5. Check every five minutes or so. An item is truly done when stitches are no longer visible. This may take more than one entire cycle. The hotter the water, the faster the felting will occur.
    6. Pull out the item and shape it while wet. It will be quite pliable. DO NOT put in the dryer. It will not be shaped how you want after a tumble in the dryer. It should dry in about a day or so.

    tip:You may want to turn up the water heater temporarily. (Don’t forget to turn it back down.)

  3. Kirsten B says:

    Felting soemthign you knit is easy and fun. Here is a link to some great online instructions:

    http://www.patonsyarns.com/images/learn/Patons_Felting.pdf

    These are my tips:
    To start the peice must be knit with an animal fiber. This means no cotton, linen, or other plant fibers. Also, superwash means that it will not felt, so animal fibers with this designation will not work. A good rule is that if the washing instructions on the yarn say it can go in the washing machine, that is a good indication that it will not felt well. Some animal fibers felt better than others, so it is always a good idea to knit s swatch and test felt it before you knit up the peice. Also, different yarns, or even different colors of the same yarn will felt at different rates, so the swatch becomes very important if you are using more than one yarn.

    There are 3 things that help wool to felt. A combination of any two the 3 in combination will do it.

    1:being wet, this means use the washer not the dryer. also a little bit of detergent helps your knitting get wet all the way through faster, and felt faster. I prefer dish soap, jsut a little bit, it doesn’t have to be enough to make suds.
    2: temperature shock, so set your washer to switch between hot and cold
    3:agitation, so don’t use the gentle cycle, and i like to throw in some jeans or other heavy things in with it.

    It is a good idea to put the peice in a pillowcase of garment bag to keep it from sheddign all over your washer.

    The time it takes will vary by yarn, so keep an eye on it. there is no set doneness with felting. you can felt jsut a little so you can still see the stitches, or a lot so they all disapear. I usually base it on the size i want my peice to shrink to.

    When it is how you like it, put the peice throuhg a spin cycle to get excess water out. You shoudl then set up the peice to air dry in the shape you want. For hats i usually do this over a head sized bowl, and for bags i fill it with books or boxes.
    It may take a few days to dry all the way.

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