Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I felt pretty good

I felted my first knitting project ever. Fiona found herself this lovely winter jacket at a thrift shop a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to knit some mittens to match. I wanted to try felting, so I knitted oversized mitts out of wool and then threw them in a hot wash. It was just magical how they came out smoothly felted and about 80% of the size they used to be.

The only thing I wish I'd known was that ribbed cuffs don't shrink. They lose their elasticity, which I'd anticipated, but I expected them to tighten up as they felted. So the mittens have pretty wide cuffs. If I get ambitious I'll pick up stitches inside the felted wristband area and knit a second, longer, wrist-hugging cuff on each one. But she likes them as-is.

I needle felted a little flower and heart to match the jacket on each mitten, and then added the stitched squares around. I'm really pleased -- can you tell?


  1. Those are beautiful... you did a great job! I have to say, the title of the post is just a little TOO punny. It went right past the first time I read it.

    Isn't felting amazing? I made a hat once and I was so amazed at how well it worked.

  2. Congrats on a successful project! Truly impressive! The decoration is perfect and Fiona looks very pleased with her Winter ensemble.

  3. They are beautiful! And they match the coat so well. Nice work.

  4. Anonymous10:08 am

    Those mittens are beautiful!


  5. Anonymous7:47 pm

    Ditto...others beat me to it, but they are just be-yoo-ti-ful!



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