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Old 10-13-2006, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hey there Knitting buddies! Quick question (as per usual) - How big do I have to make a hat if I want to felt it? I'd like to make a simple roll brim cap and jazz (!) it up with a little felting action. If I didn't felt, I'd be knitting 63 stitches... how many stitches should I add if I want to felt it? (cause felting shrinks, right?)

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Old 10-14-2006, 03:46 PM   #2
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Stockinette loses about one-fourth in width and one-third in height.

Felted hats give you lots of latitute for blocking, but be sure to check during the felting process to be sure your hat does not get too small, and therefore oftentimes too stiff.

I have made berets, and they sure don't look much like a disk when them come out of the washer, but they can be encouraged easily to become a beret shape. I imagine that is the case for most other hat shapes, within reason.
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