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Old 10-16-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Felting Question
When your felting, lets say a bag because thats what Im making, does it matter how tight the stitch is before felting? What will a tight stitch compared to a lose stitch do after felting?

I ask because Im knitting a bag with 7 gauge, 36" circular needles with Cascade yarns. The yarn suggested either a 7 or 8 gauge needle because it is a thin yarn, so I used a 7 gauge to make the stitch felt tighter, if thats possible. Thanks.

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Old 10-16-2006, 07:31 PM   #2
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Usually things that are to be felted are knit on much larger needles than normal. I believe that this is so the friction of the yarn against itself helps with the felting process. I'm not sure if you'll be as successful with felting if you knit with the suggested size needle for the yarn.
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Would it help if I threw in some other kind of garmet(s) to help with friction while washing?
Is there a rule of thumb for determining the gauge needle for felting yarn off of what is suggested on the yarn label? Im always confused and sometimes discouraged when I pick out wool yarn for felting because I never know what the proper gauge needle for felting would be.
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Here is a good article on felting from Knitty.
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Old 10-17-2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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Thank you for the link. I knitted a patch with the 7 gauge needles with the three colors I'm using and felted it this morning and it felted just fine. I had to keep it in the washer for about 20 extra minutes, but all was well.
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