View Full Version : Picking up stitches on felted edges

06-17-2009, 02:18 AM

I've just joined this Forum and am not the most computer-savvy person, so I hope my question has not been answered on the site somewhere already.

I'm trying to put an edging on a felted sweater (yes, a little mishap in the washing machine...) and am finding it almost impossible to push a crochet hook or knitting needle through the fabric. Has anyone been able to do this successfully?

Thank you very much

06-17-2009, 06:45 AM
Welcome to KH, Aspasia!

If the sweater is fully felted, it will be difficult. You might need to use scissors or a knife to cut thru enough so you can get your hook thru. Wait some more before proceeding, just to see if someone else has a better idea.

Last time I felted a sweater, I saved it to make a purse out of. Haven't done it yet, maybe I should push the p roject further up the list so I get to it soon... :-)

06-17-2009, 08:21 AM
Thanks Marilyn. DH filed down a crochet hook for me to make it sharper, but that didn't help. There must surely be a way!

06-17-2009, 10:19 AM
How about a very sharp knitting needle to create a hole, the way an awl is used in leather work? If you worked it through the fabric, then you could insert a crochet hook to actually catch the new yarn for the edging. And don't worry about asking something that's already been asked here-- happens all the time:) .

06-17-2009, 11:07 AM
Thank you very much - good idea. I'll give it a go.

06-19-2009, 05:20 PM
could you just use a sharp yarn needle, sew in loops of yarn, and slip them on your knitting needles?

06-20-2009, 11:23 AM
Try using an ice pick, if you have one.

06-23-2009, 08:33 AM
You can put a round of blanket stitch around the felted item and use that as the loops to make your first round of knitting.
Or if it isn't to thick can you use a hole punch to make the holes?

06-25-2009, 07:30 AM
Thank you - that's a good idea

06-25-2009, 07:32 AM