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MadameD
« on: June 03, 2008 11:34:46 PM »

So, I just got some worsted wool, 6 balls that are four ply yellow and orange.  I love it, and love making star afghans, they are great sellers, etc, but I'm afraid of how it will turn out with crochet. 

How well does crochet generally felt?  I did a swatch last night, with both hdc and dc, and while I'm okay with using the hdc, I'm usually trying to make things faster, so have no desire to single crochet.  Drives me insane. 

I'm cool with felting, and working on that, but I want to know a little bit about how crochet felts first, so I can decide how to work with it.  Because it's so pretty and I can barely wait!
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008 05:36:14 AM »

I've only done a few felted projects so I'm no expert but I don't like how crochet felts compared to knitting!  I tried one item with dc and it didn't felt well at all but the one I did with sc worked much better but, again, not as nice as knitting.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008 08:58:46 AM »

I felted one crocheted item, and I was disappointed with the results (uneven felting--didn't seem very thick in spots).

Could have been the wool I was using, but I think the piece was all double crochet.   I think perhaps the double crochet wouldn't fell as well as a single crochet item because it's not as dense. But again, this was just one (beginner's) attempt at felting.

Funny, though, I just bought some more wool, thinking I would crochet and felt kitty toys.  Something to play around with this summer.  Let us know what you find out re felting and crochet!
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008 12:01:03 PM »

I've found that HDC or a very loose SC will full the best.

FWIW, Fulling is the term used when creating a solid fabric from a knit/crochet/woven fabric.  Felting is the term used when using fiber that is not already a fabric.

Both terms are commonly interchanged but just so's you knows
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008 03:51:39 PM »

I've had the best luck when using a loose sc and I find also that rather than lift both loops of the next crochet, it's more successful as a final product when only one loop is picked up! good luck
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008 04:08:05 PM »

i've made a couple of small felted items.. both ball shaped.. i was experimenting but i did make one into a cat.. i will have to find a pic.. but my point is.. one i did with a bigger hook and lionwool and i think hdc and that felted better than the one i did with sc same wool and smaller hook when the sc one came out of the washer.. i threaded through strands of wool into the visable stitches and felted it again and that helped it alot.
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