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Re: felting mittens??
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: May 28, 2009 11:01PM

Did I? Wow; that doesn't sound like me, but it makes sense. (
Maybe I was a little full of myself that day.) I'd felted knitted things, but never a crocheted item.

Well, I crocheted and felted a tea cozy a few weeks ago and found a couple of surprises. 1. I had expected a lot more density in the fabric. That didn't happen. It simply shrank and the holes closed up with the fuzz action.
2. In knit-to-be felted items the general rule is to increase the size by about one third. This piece wasn't nearly a third larger than what I desired and it was fully felted after the first hot-water treatment. Since it was an experimental piece I threw it into a very hot wash with a lot of other stuff (for extra abrasion) about a week after I first felted it. I then dried it at high heat with jeans and other tough things. It didn't shrink or otherwise change.
The fiber was a coarse wool.

I've never cared much for crocheted mittens because the thumb joints always seem too thick and the fabric never seems windproof enough for me because of the little holes. From this experiment I think mittens might be a really good crocheted and felted garment.

If you are planning to throw them into a hot mixed wash to felt them (you get good agitation as well as the heat that way), you should take them out several times and try them on. Then remove them from the process when you are satisfied. I may have been lucky with my experiment. I certainly wouldn't go the dryer route or do the second bath with anything as fitted as a mitten.

Subject Written By Posted
  felting mittens?? maryb 05/28/2009 04:01PM
  Re: felting mittens?? Alex 05/28/2009 11:01PM
  Re: felting mittens?? maryb 05/29/2009 03:55PM
  Re: felting mittens?? ami 05/29/2009 08:48PM
  Re: felting mittens?? Alex 05/30/2009 10:40PM
  Re: felting mittens?? Mother Hen 05/31/2009 03:14PM

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