By Beverly Galeskas
Knitters will locate particular thoughts and directions for felting their knitting during this specified step by step creation, together with the way to felt on goal and never by way of mistake, concepts for either hand and computing device felting, and selecting and trying out yarns. They’ll additionally study no matter if knitting swatches is absolutely worthwhile and the way vast to knit a section ahead of felting. Twenty-four distinct tasks contain fashionable baggage, totes, hats, and mittens; hot and fuzzy vests and slippers; and ornamental pillows, placemats, and coasters. With a bit on embellishing felting and felting on felt (needle felting), knitters can be encouraged to create those appealing initiatives for family and friends, from the baby’s first felt hat to the bushy slippers for chilly wintry weather nights.
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Extra info for Felted Knits
Wrap the yarn several times in a figure 8 around your fingers, taking care that the strands lie parallel on your fingers. With your other hand, pinch the yarn where it crosses itself and then pull it from your fingers. Keeping the tail free throughout, fold this little skein of yarn in half and begin wrapping additional yarn around it, taking care not to wrap too tightly. Continue wrapping yarn in various directions to create a ball; wrapping over the fingers prevents the yarn from getting too tight.
Weave in more than one direction — clockwise, counterclockwise, diagonally, horizontally, vertically. • Weave in on the wrong side of the same color as the tail whenever possible. Attitude Adjustment Admittedly, this is not exactly a technique, but it might be the most important tip for weaving in ends. Instead of letting the Fear and Dread of Multiple Ends keep you from using all the colors of yarn you desire, think of the task as just another important step in making the best possible project you can.
Perhaps it is the ability to play with color, without fear of wasting too much time or yarn if the results are not what we would like. Or perhaps it is the construction of a whole from individual units that appeals to us, evoking the puzzles and blocks of our childhoods. Many crocheters love to stitch motifs but dread the process of joining them. Connecting one motif to another — or many motifs to each other — doesn’t have to be the most-feared and least-looked-forward-to aspect of a crochet project.