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« on: April 19, 2004 07:44:54 AM »

I'm looking for information (website, book, class) on how to knit with polarfleece.  I overheard someone at a knitting convention talking about this but I wasn't interested at the time and didn't pay any attention.

Well, now I'm kicking myself.

Any suggestions as to width of cut fabric, needle size, possible glitches would be much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2004 08:46:36 AM »

hmm, I've played with polar fleece a bit, but haven't tried knitting with it.  I think you'd want to use big needles (US13+) so that you don't have to cut the fleece too thin.  I'd suggest trying to find a remnant or even just buying the smallest possible length of fleece and then experimenting with how narrow you can cut it and what direction to cut it in.  I know that fleece stretches more in one direction than the other (horizontal vs. vertical) and I think if you cut it in really thin strips the wrong direction it will just come apart.  So here's what I'd do:
get a small piece (but the whole selvedge to selvedge width so that you know which direction is which)
cut a thin strip selv. to selv.  and pull on it to see if it comes apart.
cut another strip the sideways direction and repeat.  
if they both come apart, try thicker strips.
you should be ok with 1/4" thick strips, since that's about what people use for fringing.

Good luck with this - it seems like you'd get a really neat result, but it also seems like all that cutting will be a lot of work!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2004 05:45:56 PM »

If it is the general look of polarfleece that you're after, Sirdar makes some yarns that really resemble polarfleece when knitted up.  Same "squeak". One of them is "Snowflake" another is a low-pile version and I can't recall the name -
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2005 05:55:08 AM »

I'm now looking for instructuions, too. A girl came into the store (I sometimes work in a fabric store and we also sell yarn) and told me it's so easy and you can make 3 hats out of less than a yard of fleece. This is what she said to do. Fold your fabric (the fleece) so it's selvedge to selvedge. Now cut your selvedges off. On the fold, cut up to the raw edges but stop a half inch before you get there. Each cut should be a half inch apart. Then when you open it up you cut along that fold a bit to make a long consecutive piece of fleece "yarn". She said many people round off the pointy corners before they knit. I don't know what size needles tho and what type of hat pattern to use. I guess I'll just wing it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2005 06:27:27 AM »

A few years ago I saw good instructions for this in a booklet put out by Hancock Fabrics.  I'll see if I still have it when I get home.

They had a really cute hat with a cuff made out of knitted polar fleece and the rest sewn out of the same polar fleece.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2005 06:27:48 AM »

My mother knitted this scarf and it came out really nice.

http://joanns.com/content/projects/projectsDisplay.jhtml;$sessionid$T2JBORAAANIQEP4SY5LRHOR50LD3UEPO?articlePath=%2Fcontent%2Fprojects%2Fstatic%2Fnew%2Fknitted_fleece_scarf.jhtml&CATID=25293

hmmm that link doesn't work

try knitted fleece scarf on the Joann project page, it's there.
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2005 08:30:20 AM »

My mother knitted this scarf and it came out really nice.

http://joanns.com/content/projects/projectsDisplay.jhtml;$sessionid$T2JBORAAANIQEP4SY5LRHOR50LD3UEPO?articlePath=%2Fcontent%2Fprojects%2Fstatic%2Fnew%2Fknitted_fleece_scarf.jhtml&CATID=25293

hmmm that link doesn't work

try knitted fleece scarf on the Joann project page, it's there.


For some reason I couldn't find it on the joann page when i searched, but i copy/pasted the entire url (all 3 thousand characters!) in your post and it came up. 

So cool!
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