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« on: December 08, 2005 04:20:45 PM »

Ok. My mom wants a felted bag for christmas. Got some questions (haven't felted before)

1. How much bigger than the actual size I want should it be?
2. How much yarn do I need?

I have some pure wool yarn. I think I have two 200 yd skeins. Thanx!
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2005 04:51:37 PM »

There's no way of knowing until you make a felted gauge swatch.  Knit a square in whatever pattern you're going to use - incorporating all the colors - and baste a rectangle of ten-twenty rows/ten-twenty stitches in a contrasting cotton.  Toss it in the wash with some old jeans until it forms a fabric you like.  Block it, and measure the distance between the markers - you should be able to figure out your felted gauge from there (like, if you marked off fifteen stitches, and they measure 2 inches after felting, you know that you're shooting for 7.5 stitches to the inch).

Or wing it!  That can be a lot of fun, though not necessarily what you'd expect - just make something, say, 20% bigger than what you want, and see what happens.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2005 04:03:15 PM »

Thanks! She wants like a rectangle bag, so I hope I have enough.
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 01:39:26 PM »

The type/brand of yarn *really* does affect the felting.  How long you felt it, how 'hard' you felt it, too.

What brand is the yarn you are going to use?

Thanks! She wants like a rectangle bag, so I hope I have enough.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2005 03:44:08 PM »

220 yds of a dk weight is enough for a sophie bag. Suggested yarn is Cascade 220. I've used Patons Merino with great results.

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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2005 04:13:52 PM »

Knit on needles about 2 sizes bigger than the yarn calls for.   The sophie pattern would be fun.  Or like others said, just wing it.  Felting is so fun...and forgiving.  If you make mistakes, just keep going....because all of your stitches will disappear. 

I've felted with Cascade 220 with excellent results.  Also, a pattern I bought once said to use Ivory Snow (the powder/flakes) in the washing machine.  Also, put the knitted garmet is a mesh zipper bag and then into the washing machine.  I've used a pillow cover with good results...cheap and totally reusable.  Also, throw a pair of old jeans in the washing machine too.  I haven't tried anything else, but this method have produced great results for me.

GOod luck...have fun with it.  Felting is always an experiment!
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2005 06:51:04 PM »

I have Cascade 220, so all your suggestions should work!
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