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« on: July 20, 2006 09:15:47 AM »

I've tried felting a knitted item before, and failed miserably. So, I thought I'd try again! Ha! I failed again Sad
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I have 100% wool (says it's good for felting right on the label). I put it in the washer on hot cycle with a pair of jeans and a bit of soap. When I went back to check on it, it looked exactly the same, albeit wet, and stinky. I tried stockinette stitch and garter stitch to see if that would make any difference. What the heck is going on? Can anyone help?
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2006 09:24:00 AM »

What sort of stitch you use shouldn't matter. I've read somewhere recently though that it depends on how tight your stitches are. To felt stuff, the stitches need to be loose to rub together and stick. If you knit too tightly, it won't felt no matter what you do. I had to frog this bag recently because the stitches were too small. So maybe that's it?
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2006 09:27:54 AM »

I wonder if that's it. Tonight I'll knit a swatch loosely and see if it makes a difference. Thanks for the suggestion!
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006 09:31:44 AM »

Also, you may have to run it thru a couple times to get any effect.  What kind of soap are you using?

Ive found that baby shampoo works great for felting.  I can see a huge difference between when I use it and when I don't use anything.

If you're using worsted weight, a 10 or 10 1/2 is a good needle size to use.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2006 09:37:01 AM »

I used laundry detergent. Would dish soap be better? I don't have any baby shampoo.

I was using size 8's on worsted weight. I'll try 10's.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006 09:42:33 AM »

I agree that you may have to run it though the wash cycle a couple of times for it to work. I've also had good luck by dunking an item in cold water then back to the hot to "shock" the fibers and speed up the process.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006 09:47:44 AM »

I use either dish soap or shampoo to felt.  Both work well. Just keep on running it through the agitation cycle (don't let it spin!) until it's how you like it.  Some yarns take longer to felt than others. 

Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006 10:00:17 AM »

Another method to felting is to toss it in and then forget about it (this works best if you happen to be Stitch n Bitching at a friend's house with alcohol). Then it'll felt and turn out smaller than you wanted.  Shocked  Angry  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006 10:32:22 AM »

Why is the spin cycle bad? Just curious!
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006 10:33:26 AM »

I make a lot of felted items, and have never failed with a project so far. I use to felt the knitted item with a towel on 40 celsius on a regular program (its take about 1-2 hours and its almost dry when I take it out). I never use any soap, and it always felt perfectly. If I want it even more felted for some reason, I put it in the washer on 50-60 celsius.
Btw, I prefer 4,5 mm needles when I knit something thats going to be felted.

Good luck with your projects  Smiley

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