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madhelmeteer
« on: June 09, 2008 03:47:12 PM »

Any ideas or resources for the shrinking ratios of turning a crocheted item into a felted item in the washing machine.  I got the technique down cold but how big EXACTLY do I need to crochet something if I need a 12 month old hat or whatever? Is there a list of shrinking ratios anywhere for making hats sizes newborn to adult? what about slippers? HELP!  Or is this all just trial and error?
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superchloe
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008 06:52:20 PM »

shrinking varies from yarn to yarn, and sometimes even from color to color. The best way to find out your shrinking ratio is by swatching in your stitch pattern and measuring, then felting and figuring out the ratios.
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madhelmeteer
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008 05:34:36 AM »

ok, so i made some slippers and washed them. They shrank nicely in width but not at all in length.  The hat i did yesterday worked out fine.  These slippers might fit a long tree branch but certainly no feet!
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